Major Update on Randy Orton's injury

Sharon GlencrossContributor IDecember 14, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Big Show with 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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As anyone who watched the show will know, Randy Orton was temporarily written out of WWE storylines on tonight's episode of SmackDown.

Per the angle, heel renegade group The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) attacked the "Legend Killer" backstage in a brutal backstage assault, slamming him through a table.

Viewers were later told on the show that Orton had suffered a separated shoulder.

This worked in the context of the current storylines; the trio attacked Orton after his match with Brad Maddox last week too and have been on a rampage of terror.

No one is safe from them.

It also greatly helped to put heat on The Shield as they head into their TLC showdown this Sunday with Ryback and Team Hell No. Taking out a popular star like Orton will surely convince the fans who weren't taking them seriously to do so now. 

In a (subscribers-only) report over at, Dave Meltzer gives an update on Orton's condition, confirming the angle is a cover for a legitimate injury suffered at last week's Tribute to the Troops taping.

Interestingly, while it was initially thought by many (via Wrestlinginc) to be a wrist injury, Meltzer reports Orton did, in fact, suffer a separated shoulder.

Randy Orton's legitimate injury was a separated shoulder, although it obviously was not from the angle on Smackdown.  He had injured it two days earlier on the Tribute to the Troops show in Norfolk, which led to playing the injury angle with The Shield where they power bombed him through a table as a cover story.

No word has emerged yet on how long Orton, who has a history of shoulder problems, will be out. But hopefully not long.

Certainly with its depleted roster, the SmackDown brand really can't afford to lose him right now.