Randy Orton out with shoulder injury
WWE’s “Apex Predator” is once again out of action due to injury, and may be out for up to six months.
“Randy has suffered from a dislocated shoulder,” stated Steve Daquino, WWE physician on WWE.com. “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.”
The injury is being called “significant”, and that surgery will most likely be required, the recovery time of which could be anywhere from four to six months.
Bad news for fans who were hoping to see Orton compete at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, as it looks like he may not make the date.
The “Viper” has already seen the surgeon’s knife this past year. In November Orton was written off television in order to film The Condemned 2, appeared at house shows in December, but was shelved due to a deviated septum. He did not return until late February.
Shoulder injuries are common in professional wrestling. Jey Uso made his return to the ring on November 2nd’s Monday Night Raw after being out since March with a similar injury. Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami still have not come back from their respective sabbaticals.
An incident to the shoulder such a dislocation can also be persisting. Orton originally injured his shoulder in 2002, less than a year after debuting on WWE television, and missed the next few months. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise however, as he took that time to push his new character, that of an arrogant heel instead of the vanilla baby-face he played before.
That cocky villain eventually became the “Legend Killer”, which ultimately became the “Apex Predator” that we see today.
But how long until we see him again? And how long will he be able to continue without further risk to his health?
Orton is not over the hill by any means, but at 35 years old his body is beginning to show the wear and tear suffered from fourteen years competing for WWE. It has been quite a career, boasting 12 world championships and a long list of memorable feuds and performances. It may be time for the former member of Evolution to ask for one of those part-time contracts getting so popular these days for the good of his health.
“At this point,” Dr. Daquino, “it’s a matter of when he dislocates the shoulder again, and not if.”