Randy Orton, a renowned name in WWE, marked his much-anticipated return to the ring at the WWE Survivor Series: WarGames, after a significant hiatus exceeding a year. The veteran wrestler had been sidelined since May 2022 due to a back injury, which necessitated serious surgical intervention.
His comeback has sparked considerable interest and discussion in the wrestling community, notably addressed by Booker T, the WWE Hall of Famer, on his podcast "Hall of Fame." Booker T shared insights on Orton's physical condition, recalling a recent encounter at the WWE Performance Center.
"I saw Randy about a month ago," Booker noted, expressing his admiration for Orton's improved physique, which he described as gaining "a good 10 pounds of muscle." The conversation then shifted to the implications of Orton's back injury, with Booker emphasizing the importance of protecting it during matches.
Orton's Style Evolution
Orton's impressive physical transformation has been a topic of much discussion, with many likening him to a vintage muscle car in terms of his robust appearance and enduring appeal. Co-host Brad Gilmore further probed into the adjustments in Orton's wrestling style post-injury, particularly during his "WWE Raw" match.
Booker T acknowledged a noticeable change in Orton's approach, attributing it to a mix of conscious and subconscious adaptations necessitated by his injury. Drawing from his own experiences, Booker T reflected on how past injuries impacted his ability to perform certain moves, leading to adjustments in his wrestling style.
Despite these challenges, Booker remains optimistic about Orton's future in the ring. He downplayed the likelihood that Orton's finishing move, the RKO, contributed to his back issues, suggesting instead that the injury could have stemmed from routine in-ring activities like body slams.
Orton's return and ongoing adaptation serve as a testament to the resilience and evolving nature of professional wrestlers. As he navigates the challenges posed by his injury, fans and fellow wrestlers alike will be keenly observing how these changes manifest in his performance and whether they will influence his iconic wrestling style.