WWE broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday night that Randy Orton was injured at the SmackDown tapings from Indianapolis, Indiana.
We are hearing conflicting reports as to whether the injury took place during Orton’s Falls Count Anywhere match on SmackDown with Wade Barrett, or if it was a previous injury. The match ended when Barrett threw Orton down a flight of stairs, a sign that Orton had pre-existing injury and the angle was used as a way to write Orton off television. Several readers have noted that Orton has not wrestled much in previous weeks, another sign that it’s been a nagging injury.
As noted before, Sheamus will be taking Orton’s place in SmackDown live events this week against Barrett. There’s talk that one of the RAW brand live event matches will be moved over to the SmackDown tour to add more talent in Randy Orton’s absence.
Orton will be undergoing medical tests this week to assess the extent of the situation.
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