Randy Orton picked up a major victory on Sunday at Money in the Bank. After months of short-term storylines and a lack of direction, it appears a renewed push is on the way. So news of an injury at the SmackDown taping raised concerns.
WWE.com reported Orton was injured during a match with Alberto Del Rio, but didn't provide any further information about the extent of the ailments.
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.
Now, "The Viper" has responded on Twitter and downplayed the injury.
Hey, remember when I said don't listen to the net? I'm fine. Del Rio's kicks are hard as hell, and I caught one to the neck, part of the job— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) July 17, 2013
The fact Orton isn't worried about the injury is a good sign for both him personally and the WWE as a whole. It would have been a major setback if he needed to take some time off to heal just days after starring at Money in the Bank.
Whether that means Orton will be available without restrictions for next week's Raw and SmackDown is unclear. At least his comments suggest it isn't a serious concern.
Injuries are an overlooked factor in the WWE. They can have a wide-ranging impact, such as derailing planned pushes and forcing a superstar to rebuild upon his return.
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The perfect example recently is Dolph Ziggler. He carried the World Heavyweight Championship briefcase around for months. When he finally cashed it in, the crowd erupted, but after an extended absence due to a concussion, things had changed.
He quickly dropped the belt to Del Rio and had to restart his push with a changing gimmick. It was a setback for Ziggler and a fluke injury played a role in it.
Luckily for Orton, it sounds like he was able to avoid a similar fate barring any setbacks. He's one of the top superstars in the WWE and is finally getting another run at the top, the last thing he wants is for an injury to force a change of course.
The WWE should provide more information as next week's shows approach, but Orton certainly doesn't sound concerned despite the injury report.