The WWE universe has been buzzing with excitement over the potential return of former champion Randy Orton to the franchise. While speculations have been rife about Orton’s comeback at this year’s SummerSlam, recent updates suggest that ‘The Viper’ is still in the early stages of his comeback. Fightful Select has shed some light on this, revealing that Orton is currently in the healing process, and there has been no definitive update on his return to WWE anytime soon.
Orton has been out of action since May last year due to a back injury that led him to undergo lower back fusion surgery in November 2022. Despite doctors’ advice to refrain from wrestling, the future Hall of Famer is determined to make a comeback to the WWE ring and has already started his training for it.
Before his injury, Orton formed a popular tag team known as RK-Bro with Matt Riddle. Their last televised bout together was on the May 20 episode of SmackDown, where they faced The Usos in a thrilling encounter. Unfortunately, RK-Bro fell short in that match, as The Usos emerged victorious, unifying the RAW and SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
Randy Orton’s wrestling prowess and incredible talent have earned him a spot among the finest fighters in WWE history. With 14 world championship titles to his name (four World Heavyweight Championships and ten WWE Championships), Orton shares a tie with Triple H in this accolade. Only John Cena and Ric Flair surpass them, each holding 16 world championship titles.
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Orton’s journey in WWE began back in 2002 when he made his debut on SmackDown. In just two years, he achieved the extraordinary feat of becoming the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history. Over the years, he also secured two Royal Rumble victories. As of now, the 43-year-old’s current WWE contract is expected to expire next year.
WWE wrestler Chad Gable recently shared an intriguing incident from his association with Randy Orton. Gable recalled a moment after a spelling bee when Orton challenged him to a match. He described how Orton’s intensity and dedication to his character were awe-inspiring, leaving a lasting impression on him.
As WWE gears up for the high-voltage SummerSlam 2023, fans eagerly await the surprises and excitement the event will bring. The grand spectacle is set to take place at Ford Field in Detroit on August 6, promising to deliver an unforgettable show for the WWE universe.