WWE: Is Randy Orton Seriously Injured, or Is It a Set-Up for the Royal Rumble?

Daruish Gorgirzadeh@DaruishG90Contributor IIIJanuary 3, 2012

Randy Orton and Wade Barrett
Randy Orton and Wade Barrett

Hey guys, what's up?

Firstly just want to say I hope everyone's had a great festive break and enjoyed it as much as I did!

Ok, now the pleasantries are out of the way, let's get to the real business at hand.

I'm talking about the resident Apex Predator within the WWE. Of course I am talking about Randy Orton.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you will know that Randy Orton was drafted to SmackDown last year and was part of three or four of the main feuds on the blue brand, earning a couple of World Heavyweight Championship reigns whilst acting as the main babyface of the brand.

In his most recent feud, he encountered Wade Barrett and the "Barrett Barrage", where both men enjoyed a bit of success against the other. This came in the form of Barrett beating Orton on SmackDown, eliminating him at Survivor Series to be one of the sole survivors (along with Cody Rhodes) and even putting Orton through a table on the Raw Supershow before Christmas. 

On the other side of the feud, Orton managed to get over those setbacks as he seemingly end the feud at the TLC pay per view when he reversed a splash attempt from Barrett and turned it into an RKO through the table for the win. However, Barrett had other ideas and as just mentioned, put him through the table on the Raw Supershow after TLC. This led to a brawl between the two on the following SmackDown.

Barrett and Orton
Barrett and Orton

On the last edition of SmackDown, it appeared that the feud was set to culminate with a Falls Count Anywhere match between the two of them. As it turned out, the two battled for a while near the ring area before the referee was accidentally knocked out, leaving the two men to continue doing battle throughout the whole arena. 

The conclusion of the match however came when Orton ended up at the bottom of a set of stairs, after it appeared Barrett had pushed him down. As SmackDown is shown on a Friday night but recorded on a Tuesday night, the results aren't usually revealed unless something severely game-changing has occurred, (e.g. when Batista had to give up the World Heavyweight Championship and Kurt Angle won it.)

This was the case last Tuesday night, when the WWE revealed news of Orton's injury via its official WWE Insider Twitter page:

"BREAKING:  injured at  in Indianapolis tonight. More details to follow on WWE.com as they become available."

Now when I saw this at first, I originally thought something was wrong and that Randy Orton must be seriously injured as the WWE typically does not reveal any results or news from the SmackDown tapings unless something serious has happened. 

As soon as I found out the news, I had two thoughts. Firstly, "what has actually happened to him?" and secondly, "How long will he be out for?". Now I have the answer for the first question, which came from WWE.com:

"Randy suffered a herniated disc on the L4-L5 level on the left side, and that’s resulting in pain and weakness down his leg,” Dr. Sampson explained. “He’s going to need some time off for rehab, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy." 

Now that we have found out what the problem was, finding out how long he's actually out for has been a completely different matter. At first, there was a rumour that he could be out for up to six months. Then over the course of the week, there have been reports out saying that he'll only be out of action for a few weeks. 

Now this leads me on to the main point of the article... Will Randy Orton be the surprise entrant and winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble?

In my honest opinion, I have a feeling that he will win the Royal Rumble. It is all set up for him to do it. It is being held at the Scottrade Center which is located in St. Louis, Missouri. Where is Randy Orton from? St. Louis, Missouri.

The event is being held in his hometown, and with the rumour mill in overdrive at the moment about how long he is injured for, I bet the Creative team have this all figured out. It just makes too much sense.

Randy Orton is probably the second or third biggest star in the WWE at the moment alongside John Cena and CM Punk. He is now out of action for an undetermined amount of time, ranging from "a matter of weeks" to "six months". This kind of comeback has been done before. (See Cena, John at Royal Rumble 2008). It is not a new concept, but still a big draw like Orton returning after a period of time to win the Rumble in his hometown is just too much of a popular storyline for the WWE to pass up.

The way I see it going down is there will be five or six competitors left in the match, with Wade Barrett being one of them. Orton will then enter at number 30 and end up eliminating Barrett last to win the match. 

Like I said, even though the surprise entrant and winner of the Rumble has been done before and the concept may be unoriginal, the storyline just makes too much sense for the WWE to do anything else.

Therefore, your winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble and going on to one of the championship matches at Wrestlemania 28... Randy Orton.

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