The rumors and stories have been swirling about Randy Orton's future with the company ever since it was announced two weeks ago on WWE's official website that the star had been suspended for 60 days following his second violation of the company's drug policy.
Reports indicate that weary officials are just about ready to wash their hands of the troubled star with the feeling that he can no longer be pushed at the same top level upon his return (per the Wellness Policy, if he fails one more drug test, he'll be fired and cannot be brought back for a year).
Last week, outspoken former WCW commentator Mark Madden also tweeted that WWE were looking to cut ties with the third-generation superstar for good, claiming he was too difficult to deal with and his star power had diminished in recent years.
In this week's (subscribers-only) edition of the F4W Newsletter Bryan Alvarez confirms that Orton's future in the promotion is uncertain—as well as giving a crucial insight into why WWE owner Vince McMahon is so infuriated with his top star:
According to a source in WWE, Vince McMahon was very upset with Orton, particularly the fact that Orton was so "outspokenly indifferent" to the suspension. Another source noted that Orton was originally suspended as quickly as he was in order to ensure he'd be back by SummerSlam, but "something happened" shortly after the suspension that lit McMahon up, and that led to discussions of not bringing him back.
Alvarez also notes that lingering questions surrounded the physical state of Orton, who has suffered his fair share of wear and tear over the years, are also being asked as WWE brass debate his future: "There is also concern about his body breaking down and questions about the state of his neck and spine."