World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton poses for photographers during the World Wrestling … [+]
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Lately, it appears WWE performers are making meaningful news at the promotion’s house shows. Last week Andrade defeated Rey Mysterio to win the U.S. title at a WWE Live Event in New York. Unfortunately, on Sunday night in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the news wasn’t scripted or good.
Future Hall-of-Famer Randy Orton suffered an injury to his left knee and was unable to complete his match. It happened just minutes into a bout with AJ Styles and WWE officials had to help Orton backstage and the event was delayed until he made his way from the ramp area.
Here is a bit of video from the aftermath of the injury. Many observers seem to fear the injury is serious:
Injuries at house shows are nothing new, unfortunately. Seth Rollins suffered a serious injury to his knee at a house show and countless other WWE Superstars have been hurt at non-televised events.
Orton is currently embroiled in a feud with the Styles. The match at the house show wasn’t furthering the storyline, but was still consistent with what Orton and Styles had been doing on Raw.
We don’t know the severity of the injury, but with the final Raw of the decade set to emanate from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut on Monday, at the very least, Orton’s involvement in that show is in question.
At worst, he could be out for an extended period which would require a major shift in the storyline. If Orton is out for a while, look for Styles to be moved on to another feud as early as Monday.
The 39-year-old Orton has been one of the promotion’s most consistent performers over the past 15+ years. While he wasn’t currently involved in a main event angle, his presence will be missed on Raw for as long as he is out–if he misses any time at all.