It was announced on last night’s RAW, and on WWE.com, that Randy Orton’s shoulder injury is extensive, will require surgery and will keep the star out for an extended period. The report on WWE.com reads:
Randy has suffered from a dislocated shoulder. He’s had chronic problems with his shoulder, and a recent MRI that was done found he has a Bankart lesion in his shoulder, some stretched ligaments and a partially torn rotator cuff,” WWE physician Dr. Steve Daquino told WWE.com. “At this point it’s a matter of when he dislocates the shoulder again, and not if. Surgery seems imminent, and recovery time for such a surgery would be four to six months.
The recovery time-frame puts Orton in doubt for Wrestlemania 32, although it is still very early days yet. Losing Orton is always a big blow to WWE, but it is even more so at the moment, given that John Cena is currently taking time off.
Every cloud has a silver lining though, and Orton’s injury coupled with Cena’s absence does force WWE’s hand in regards building up the younger members of the roster to main event level. Stars like Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt will all undoubtedly benefit from the fallout of Orton’s injury.
The good thing about Orton, is that no matter what direction the company is headed by the time he comes back, he will always find a place at the top of the card, simply because athletes and natural heels like him don’t come along too often.
That being said though, I would expect the landscape of WWE to look significantly different when Orton does return.