Randy Orton has been out of action since May 2022 due to a back injury that was reportedly pretty serious. And a new update has revealed that it could have been career-threatening had it not been for surgery.
As per Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer (h/t Nikunj Walia of Ringside News), Orton’s “career was almost over” during the time he and Matt Riddle lost the Raw Tag Team Championships in a unification match to The Usos on the May 20 episode of WWE SmackDown.
Orton has not wrestled since, and he reportedly had to undergo a major procedure to fix the back ailment. Meltzer (h/t Subhojeet Mukherjee of ThirstyForNews.com) reported that The Viper got fusion surgery on his back in November after initial hopes of the injury healing on its own did not materialize.
No one knows for certain when or if Orton will ever return to the ring, but fans would love to see him go out on his own terms instead of being another name forced into retirement by an injury.
Randy Orton vs Charlotte Flair?
Speaking on the On Busted Open, WWE legend Bully Ray opined that Charlotte Flair does not have anyone better than her to wrestle in the Stamford-based promotion. He also stated that WWE should look at the possibility of letting the Queen wrestle men like Seth Rollins and Randy Orton.
As we know Charlotte Flair has massively climbed up the ladder in WWE since making her debut in 2012. She is now a 14-time single champion after she defeated Ronda Rousey to win back her SmackDown Women’s Championship on a recent episode of the blue brand.
Bully went on to say
“How much does it suck to be Charlotte Flair right now knowing that this is as good as you’re ever gonna be?” Bully Ray said. “Because she doesn’t have anybody to get in the ring that’s better than her. The only way Charlotte Flair will ever be any better than she is right now is if they let her wrestle men. If she’s in there with Seth, she’s gonna learn something. If she’s in there with Randy, she’s gonna learn something.”