Randy Orton has been out for more than six months with a serious back injury. The Viper had lower back fusion surgery a few days ago and no one knows when he will be able to return to the ring. According to some experts, it is not obvious that the 'Legend Killer' will be granted authorization to return to fight.
In addition to being a 14-time world champion, Randy has captured the Raw Tag Team Championship twice and the Intercontinental title, United States Championship, World Tag Team Championship and SmackDown Tag Team Championship once each, making him the tenth in WWE history to complete the Grand Slam.
The Knoxville star was having something of a second youth alongside Riddle before getting injured, leading many insiders to believe he could win his 15th world title in 2023.
Teddy Long on Randy Orton
Given the uncertainty that hovers over Randy Orton's condition, many are wondering about his future.
To the microphones of Sportskeeda, the former general manager of SmackDown Teddy Long said that the Viper could take on a different role in the coming years: “If he fails to continue his career as a wrestler, he could become a mentor.
There are a lot of young talent in WWE who need to learn and Orton would be right up their alley. I think Randy would be absolutely fantastic in that field. He could help the boys to fully express their talent." Teddy then returned to Vince McMahon's sensational withdrawal: “”When the various allegations were made known, it was a real shock to me.
I have worked closely with him for several years and he has always been very professional. I never had the slightest suspicion about Vince. As Michael Cole told me a long time ago, Vince's life was all about wrestling. That's why I didn't expect him to leave WWE so abruptly." 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." The photo saw Kim and Randy together in the hospital, with The Viper looking like he had recently undergone surgery.