The pro-wrestling landscape is rife with speculation, and one name has consistently echoed in the halls of WWE: Randy Orton. It's been a conspicuous absence of over a year since "The Viper" last graced the WWE audience with his presence.
With no concrete details about his imminent return, the wrestling community remains at the edge of their seats. This week, WWE announced John Cena's involvement in the latest SmackDown episode. This revelation set the Twitterverse ablaze, with many in the WWE Universe speculating a possible ambush from Orton, marking his return and confronting Cena on the blue brand's turf.
Rhodes-Orton Showdown Awaited
The Cena-Orton reunion isn't the sole storyline enthusiasts are rallying behind. A resounding request is brewing: a showdown between Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton. Legacy, their faction from over a decade and a half ago, may be a distant memory, but the idea of their clash remains an enticing proposition.
With Orton's potential retirement looming, the time is ripe for this rivalry to be reignited. Last week, John Cena locked horns with Imperium at the Superstar Spectacle in India, indicating a fresh start for him this week.
Cena's imminent role in the Fastlane premium live event further alludes to the initiation of a new feud. The specifics of Cena's contribution to SmackDown remain under wraps. However, given Cena's stature, the roster is lining up to share the spotlight with the 16-time World Champion.
Revisiting Randy Orton's trajectory, he last showcased his prowess in May 2022. Teaming up with Matt Riddle that year, a post-WrestleMania ambush by The Bloodline marked the beginning of a tough phase for Orton. The subsequent 16 months offered limited insights into the 14-time World Champion's status.
A nagging back injury necessitated surgical intervention, sidelining him for an extended rehab. At 43, the pressing concern is whether Orton may bow out without a triumphant return. Should Orton decide to hang up his boots, WWE seems to be grooming Grayson Waller to inherit the 'Legend Killer' mantle.
Waller's recent confrontations with stalwarts like The Rock, Edge, and Cena surely indicate a promising transition. But for now, the world watches, waiting for the Viper's strike.
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