In what could be a major setback for the main event star, WWE.com reports Randy Orton suffered a spinal injury at this evening's SmackDown tapings when he took on World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio.
The site states:
At Tuesday night’s SmackDown television taping, Mr. Money in the Bank Randy Orton was injured during his match against World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio.
According to WWE medical personnel, the nine-time World Champion suffered a cervical strain and cervical neuropraxia.
Check back with WWE.com for details as they become available, and to see how it happened, tune into SmackDown on Syfy, this Friday at 8/7 CT.
If this is true, it's potentially bad news for Orton, who has only just regained prominence in WWE's main event scene after several months floundering in the upper midcard. At Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Orton bested several other stars, including Daniel Bryan and a returning Rob Van Dam, to climb to the top of the ladder and grab the sought-after briefcase.
Of course, it's worth noting that you have to take what the company's official website says with a grain of salt.
This could just be an elaborate angle of some sort to set up something for the future. Maybe the company is building toward Del Rio vs. Orton (Orton has to do something while current WWE champion Cena is involved in a feud with Bryan), with the storyline injury here serving as the impetus?
Let's hope so. It would be terrible to think that the wrestler is legitimately injured.