Randy Orton was scheduled to face Bray Wyatt at WWE Backlash but he got taken out of the match and replaced by Kane. According to the latest WWE rumors, Orton was written off due to the concussion he suffered in his match against Brock Lesnar at WWE SummerSlam.
The Viper has not been in action since his match against Lesnar, who busted him open the hard way with his elbow and gave him a concussion. Several reports noted that the Orton was not cleared in time for Backlash despite being advertised by the WWE.
According to James McKenna of Pro Wrestling Sheet, initial tests on Orton’s injury came back negative that is why he was advertised to face Wyatt. However, top officials of the company decided that they don’t want to risk Orton’s health and pulled him from the match.
WWE rumors backstage suggest that the 36-year-old superstar may also miss his rematch against Lesnar at a live event in Chicago later this month. Even though nothing has been confirmed, Randy Orton taking a beating from Wyatt and delivering an RKO means he’s almost good to go.
Dave Meltzer and Ryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer thinks that Orton was pulled out from the match, not because of the concussion. They mentioned that he still had staples in his head and it might have kept him from getting cleared by the WWE doctors.
Nevertheless, the WWE has been very protective of its superstars as of late in terms of head injuries. Daniel Bryan recently retired due to a lesion found in his brain that was caused by all the concussions he got from his career.
It should be noted that these are just WWE rumors at the moment and nothing has been confirmed regarding the health of Randy Orton. Tune into SmackDown Live on Tuesday to get the official update on his status.
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