In an exhilarating conclusion to WWE Raw, Cody Rhodes electrified the wrestling world by confirming the long-awaited return of Randy Orton at the upcoming Survivor Series WarGames. This marks Orton's first appearance in WWE in 18 months, setting the stage for a high-octane showdown.
The Survivor Series WarGames will witness Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre clashing on opposing teams, adding a layer of intense rivalry to the event. Orton will bolster Rhodes' team, which includes Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, and Jay Uso, forming a formidable lineup.
The need for Orton's return was heightened following Drew McIntyre's shocking alliance with Judgement Day in a previous Raw episode. With McIntyre's defection, Rhodes was left scrambling for a powerful ally for the Survivor Series main event.
Early in Monday's show, Rhodes hinted at rekindling an old alliance, sparking speculation among fans. In a moment brimming with suspense, Rhodes grabbed the mic at the show's end to reveal the mystery fifth member of their team.
Amidst the audience's chants and speculation, he teased, "Somebody I have a legacy with. You know who I'm talking about, right?" The crowd erupted with 'Orton' chants, sensing the impending revelation. Confirming the crowd's suspicion, Rhodes announced, "Did you not know that with us is the Apex Predator?" This declaration was met with an overwhelming response, as chants of "He's back!" filled the arena, sealing Orton's much-anticipated return.
Orton's Courageous WWE Return
Orton's last match occurred in May of the previous year, where he and Matt Riddle relinquished the Raw Tag Team Championship to The Usos. His comeback is particularly noteworthy, given the health challenges he faced.
At 43, after undergoing back fusion surgery in November 2022, Orton received medical advice cautioning against his return to the ring. His father, a notable figure in the wrestling community, had openly discussed these concerns.
A 14-time world champion, Randy Orton is a staple in WWE, revered for his charisma and prowess in the ring. His return is not just a significant boost for WWE, but a testament to his enduring legacy and the high regard in which he is held by fans and peers alike.
With Orton's return, Survivor Series WarGames is poised to be an unforgettable event, promising high drama and intense action that WWE fans eagerly anticipate.