Future WWE Hall of Famer Randy Orton is preparing for his return to the ring after a 16-month hiatus due to a back injury. Recent social media videos showed Orton at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. While he hadn’t received clearance for in-ring training in August, sources noted his significant physical progress through rigorous gym sessions.
Orton’s presence at the Performance Center suggests he might return to WWE programming soon. Previously, Orton was part of the popular RK-Bro tag team with Matt Riddle. Their reign as Raw Tag Team Champions ended in May 2022, with Orton being written off television after a match against The Usos.
A likely return scenario would see Orton as a fan-favorite, especially with a potential feud against The Bloodline, who played a role in his storyline injury. If he makes it back in time, Orton could be a prime candidate to challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Crown Jewel and Survivor Series in November.
Chris Jericho Advocates for Edge in AEW
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Amid speculation about WWE Hall of Famer Edge potentially joining AEW, Chris Jericho expressed support for the idea. During an appearance on the Superstar Crossover podcast, Jericho discussed Edge’s potential move to AEW and why it could benefit him.
Jericho, drawing from his own experiences, highlighted that wrestlers who’ve achieved everything in WWE might seek a fresh start in AEW. He mentioned the opportunity for new matches, a revamped persona, and a different mindset. Edge recently concluded his WWE contract with a win over Sheamus and confirmed its expiration at the end of September.
Wade Keller of PWTorch reported WWE’s reluctance to meet Edge’s contract demands, leading to speculation about his future. Edge clarified that there were no hard feelings, but the situation prompted discussions about retirement or exploring opportunities outside WWE. If Edge opts to continue wrestling, AEW offers intriguing possibilities and a roster of familiar faces.
Samoa Joe’s Perspective on CM Punk
Samoa Joe shared his perspective on CM Punk following Punk’s recent departure from AEW. In an interview with the New York Post, Joe discussed the perception of Punk as a person.
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Joe acknowledged that there might be misunderstandings or varying portrayals of Punk, depending on who’s discussing him. Their relationship, especially in recent years, focused on non-wrestling aspects of life.
Punk’s AEW run came to an end after a high-profile match against Joe at AEW All In. Reports indicated a backstage altercation between Punk and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry before the match, leading to Punk’s contract termination.
Throughout his career, Punk’s outspoken nature has led to a reputation for being challenging to work with. Speculation abounds regarding his future, with questions about whether he might return to WWE and how WWE perceives him in terms of fitting into the locker room without causing disruptions.