Major Update On Randy Orton Amid WWE Hiatus?

3 weeks ago by Jamie Toolan

Major Update On Randy Orton Amid WWE Hiatus? WWE

Almost a year on from his last WWE match on the May 20, 2022 episode of Smackdown, Randy Orton’s in-ring future remains in as much doubt as ever.

While there were rumors of a return during WrestleMania 39 season, that didn’t happen and eventually those rumors were played down to the media because WWE didn’t want people thinking Orton was returning when he wasn’t.

However, Randy’s father Bob Orton has now provided an update while speaking with Sportskeeda’s Bill Apter.

Bob Orton noted that he believes Randy has been advised by doctors not to return to the ring.

Noting that Randy has been training, Bob Orton said:

“He’s training so we’ll see what happens. I don’t know if he feels like going back.

“If he feels like going back or if he feels like he’s ready to go back, I think he might.

“Then again, he’s pretty well taken care of. I don’t think he needs to. I think the doctors have told him not to.

Despite this, Bob Orton would maintain that if Randy wants to return, that’s likely what will end up happening, saying:

“Randy will do what Randy is gonna do, he always does.”

Fightful Select did recently report that Orton has told people close to him that “he’s not done wrestling”.

We at Wrestletalk would like to continue to offer our well-wishes to Randy in his ongoing recovery.

This week has been a big one for WWE, with the tournament for the new World Heavyweight Title beginning on Raw, and continuing on SmackDown.

Here are results from the Friday, May 12 episode of WWE SmackDown:

AJ Styles def. Edge, Rey Mysterio in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament

Bobby Lashley def. Austin Theory, Sheamus in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament

Grayson Waller appeared in a backstage segment with Adam Pearce and announced the winner of the Styles vs Lashley main event would appear on his Grayson Waller Effect talk show next week

Cameron Grimes def. Baron Corbin

Roman Reigns made his first appearance since WrestleMania 39 and said that Solo Sikoa has stepped up, but the Usos are a problem and that they embarrassed him

Paul Heyman then announced Reigns and Sikoa would be challenging Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia

Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez def. Bayley & Dakota Kai to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship

Former NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly made their SmackDown debut backstage, setting up a match against the Brawling Brutes for next week

Bianca Belair appeared for a ‘celebration’ in her hometown of Knoxville, but was interrupted by a returning Asuka who spat mist in Belair’s face

AJ Styles def. Bobby Lashley in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament

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