Last we updated, “The Viper” Randy Orton was missing in action on last week’s special three-hour edition of WWE Monday Night RAW, and was held out of action at a WWE live event on Sunday in Salisbury, Md., with a reported knee injury.
Reports earlier this week noted that Orton suffered a legit knee injury at the hands of The Nexus attack prior to his bout with Wade Barrett, specifically due to a kick to the knee from WWE NXT Season 2 competitor, Husky Harris.
It was strongly anticipated that “The Apex Predator’s” injury wasn’t anything serious, and was more of a precautionary effort on WWE‘s part to ensure that Randy would be ready to go at the upcoming WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs pay-per-view event later this month.
However, it appears as if there could be more to the injury than what is being let on, and it involves a more crucial part of Orton’s body.
According to a report from PWInsider, Orton has been pulled from all upcoming live event house shows and wasn’t on Monday Night RAW because he’s dealing with an apparent neck issue. The report notes that there is no word on the severity or whether this will affect his planned WWE Championship title match against The Miz at WWE TLC.
If Orton is unable to return for the event, it definitely leaves WWE creative in a bad state, as their lack of getting over face talent on both rosters will severely complicate the matter moving forward, with Cena’s feud with Barrett and injuries to “The Game” Triple H, and now Orton.
Even if “The Cerebral Assassin” is forced to come back to action earlier than he would like, there is almost no way to get around his beef with “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus upon his return.
Looking at the RAW brand, it appears as if this could present a golden opportunity for Daniel Bryan or John Morrison if Orton isn’t healthy enough to compete at WWE TLC.
Contributing author Christopher Dunfee is a feature writer for Force Of Wrestling and covers professional wrestling organizations World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. To contact Christopher for radio appearances or any other media inquiries, be sure to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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