Randy Orton hasn't been seen on WWE screens since he last fought in the May 20, 2022 episode of Friday Night SmackDown where, along with partner Matt Riddle, he lost the duo titles to the Usos. In fact, the Legend Killer was absent to solve some back problems.
According to Dave Meltzer, a well-known correspondent for the Wrestling Observer, in early October, there is a lot of concern about the condition of Randy Orton. It was initially speculated that the former WWE Champion would be ready for Royal Rumble 2023, but there is no certainty at the moment: "There is a lot of concern over Randy Orton's back injury.
He's more serious than he is. thought,” Meltzer reported. In a second more recent update, PWInsider reported, referring to a post made by Randy's wife: “WWE star Randy Orton, who hasn't performed for the company since a May episode of Monday Night Raw, has been spotted.
yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama. Orton was left out with what is believed to be a back problem. There is no word as to whether this is related or not, but Orton's wife Kim posted the following on Instagram last night."
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In a new report, Fightful Select reported that Randy Orton underwent fusion surgery on his lower back, which will keep him out for a "long time." The surgery has already been completed, but it is not clear exactly when.
Some people within WWE have said they would be "lucky to have him back," after such a long career, and the severity of the injury. Fightful also felt that when he initially suffered the injury he insisted that he surely would return to WWE rings.
At that moment we recall that Randy Orton was involved in a successful tag team with Matt Riddle. On the latest episode of The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic Gold Medalist spoke about how terrible back injuries can be in professional wrestling and revealed that before Randy Orton's recent surgery, he couldn't do anything.
"Your back controls everything. You can't do anything when your back is hurting," Kurt Angle said. "I'll give you an example. Randy Orton just had surgery on his back. He literally couldn't do anything, and this surgery is hopefully saving his career.
But that's how much back problems can affect you as a pro wrestler." With Kurt Angle confirming Randy Orton's recent back surgery, a post made by Orton's wife Kim on Instagram last week has gained new context.