Randy Orton, the WWE icon, is gearing up for a highly anticipated return to the ring after undergoing back surgery last year. Although he’s not yet cleared for in-ring action, reports suggest that his rigorous weightlifting regimen has led to significant gains.
Last year, Orton underwent a lower back fusion, and despite medical advice against a comeback, the determined Viper is eyeing a return to the squared circle. His absence, spanning more than a year, traces back to a WWE Tag Team Championship loss with Matt Riddle to The Usos in May 2022.
As the countdown to Orton’s return ticks on, speculation looms large over his potential rival. While many fans yearn for a showdown against Roman Reigns, a more fitting adversary might be Matt Riddle. The history shared between Orton and Riddle as the celebrated RK-Bro tag team makes this feud enticing.
Recently, Matt Riddle has formed an unexpected alliance with Drew McIntyre. This was revealed on the August 14, 2023, edition of RAW when Riddle’s proposal to join forces with McIntyre was embraced. This twist could inflict emotional turmoil on Orton, considering his past connection with Riddle. Witnessing Orton’s emotions collide with his in-ring prowess could offer a thrilling narrative for fans.
Roman Reigns and The Bloodline’s attack injured Randy Orton
Randy Orton has been noticeably absent from the ring since his team RK-Bro’s loss to The Usos in 2022. This marked the moment when Roman Reigns and his formidable Bloodline allies brutally assaulted Orton, causing him significant harm.
The WWE Universe was left in shock as Orton bore the brunt of The Bloodline‘s ferocious attack. Consequently, Triple H-led promotion had to sideline Orton due to injuries inflicted during the vicious beatdown. The aftermath saw Orton seeking medical attention from neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine specialists, putting his return on indefinite hold.
This savage incident went down in history as one of the most ruthless assaults on SmackDown. The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, masterminded the maneuver that not only clinched victory for Jey Uso but also initiated an onslaught on the fallen duo.
Orton’s partner, Matt Riddle, was also subjected to medical attention after being driven through an announcement desk. For now, the WWE Universe anxiously awaits the return of The Viper, hoping for his triumphant resurgence in the ring.