It's disclosure time again. If you are not a fan of spoilers, there is no need to read any further.
Especially if you are looking forward to all that the WWE has in store for Friday night's SmackDown and the upcoming Tribute to the Troops special.
Now, with that out of the way it's time to get down to business.
This past Sunday, WWE held their annual Tribute to the Troops show in Virginia. During the taping, which is slated to air Wednesday, Dec. 19th, Randy Orton was rumored to have suffered an injury.
On Monday WrestleZone.com reported:
During the Randy Orton/Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler/Big Show match it looked like Orton injured his right wrist/hand after punching Dolph. The ref immediately did the injured sign and a trainer tended to Orton during the match.
WrestleZone.com followed up on this story with the following:
During this week's Friday Night Smackdown taping, Orton was put through a table by members of the Shield. WWE then announced to the live crowd that he may have suffered a concussion, as well as a separated shoulder.
So now, it appears all but certain, that "The Viper" may be taking some time off to heal his injury. Luckily for Orton, he really isn't too heavily involved in a heated feud nor is he part of this Sunday's TLC pay-per-veiw. So, to me, this injury couldn't have come at a better time.
Ultimately, since his return from a Wellness Policy Suspension, Orton's character has been a bit stale. To me, he seems to be lacking the fire he once had and the WWE really hasn't put him in a spot to reignite it. Overall, if Orton doesn't comeback in a big way, his main-eventing days could be over.
As of this article, there is no time-frame for how long Orton will be out of commission. However, if I were Orton and the WWE, I would give him extra time off and have him return at the Royal Rumble. This would allow the company to bring him back into the fold and give him a solid push upon his return.
In the end, there is no telling how long Orton will be out of commission. Hopefully, for his sake, he won't be out for longer than a few months and can be involved in the Rumble come February.