In the whirlwind excitement of CM Punk's comeback, Randy Orton's spectacular return at Survivor Series also made waves. The renowned WWE superstar marked his return after a daunting hiatus, primarily due to a back injury that threatened his illustrious career.
Orton's impactful comeback saw him join forces with Cody Rhodes, Sami Zayn, Jey Uso, and Seth Rollins to triumph over The Judgment Day in the WarGames, reinvigorating his Hall of Fame-worthy journey in the WWE universe.
Orton's SmackDown Strategy
Now fully recuperated, Orton's resurgence in WWE is gaining momentum.
According to Fightful Select, his transfer to the "WWE SmackDown" brand is a strategic move, signifying the start of a highly anticipated feud with the Bloodline stable. This brewing rivalry was hinted at in a recent "SmackDown" episode, following an altercation and the enticing offer from "SmackDown" General Manager Nick Aldis.
Orton's decision to move from "WWE Raw" to "SmackDown" was not only a professional choice but also a tactical maneuver to settle past confrontations with Jey Uso and The Judgment Day, thereby ensuring a fresh start on "SmackDown." The behind-the-scenes dynamics further suggest an inevitable showdown between Orton and Roman Reigns.
Michael Hayes, known for producing most segments featuring the Bloodline, also orchestrated Orton's recent appearances on both "Raw" and "SmackDown," adding layers to this unfolding narrative. WWE's enthusiasm over Orton's return is palpable.
His performances on both brands, his remarkable physical condition, and the overall execution of his return at Survivor Series have been met with widespread acclaim. Orton's first weeks back in the WWE spotlight have not only lived up to expectations but have also reignited the excitement among fans and colleagues alike.
His journey back to the ring, overcoming significant physical challenges, adds a compelling chapter to his storied career. As he embarks on this new phase, the WWE universe is keenly watching, expecting nothing less than the extraordinary from "The Viper."