Randy Orton: WWE Announces 60-Day Suspension for The Viper

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMay 30, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WWE superstar Randy Orton has been suspended for 60 days, according to WWE.com. This suspension is a result of Orton's second violation of the company's Talent Wellness Program

I guess this will make the Orton vs. Chris Jericho feud go away for a while. Jericho has also been suspended for 30 days because he "denigrated the Brazilian flag" at a recent WWE event. Both men are now banished for a while, so the feud can simply vanish.

Another way Orton's suspension will affect the WWE is that there is going to be uncertainly about who will replace him on SmackDown. Orton is one of the most recognizable faces and names on the circuit, and there aren't a ton of wrestlers who can just step in and take over.

Orton is having a tough time with his image lately. He was also recently scrapped from the lead role in the upcoming movie The Marine: Homefront due to the fact that he went AWOL during a brief stint with the USMC, according to TMZ.

The Viper doesn't have as much leverage as he may think. He needs to clean up his act, and soon, if he hopes to continue to be a successful star in the entertainment industry. Nobody wants to work with someone who is unreliable. 

It will now be up to Orton to change his image and perception. Perhaps this hiatus from the sport that has brought him so much success will force him to re-evaluate his priorities.

Time will tell, but for now, he will be MIA from the WWE for two long months.