Randy Orton has been a mainstay in the WWE since 2002.
As a 13-time world champion, two-time Royal Rumble winner and one-time Money in the Bank winner, the 39-year-old has pretty much done it all.
The Legend Killer has not been seen on WWE TV since the Saudi Arabia show in early June where he had match of the night against old Evolution friend Triple H.
According to Dave Meltzer, an old neck problem has re-surfaced and Orton has been trying to work through it.
“A few years back his doctor told him he would need neck surgery which would have kept him out of action for a year, but later got a second opinion from another doctor who said he didn’t need the surgery,” Meltzer said.
Neck injuries are no joke in professional wrestling. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s career was cut short for that very reason and there are several superstars – like Edge and Paige – that have suffered the same fate.
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At Orton’s age and with everything he has accomplished, he must be wondering if he really needs to keep putting him and his neck at risk.
While there are plenty of matchups that WWE fans would still want to see from Orton, neck injuries are usually unforgiving. Just look at Sheamus who is currently out of action – and may never return – for that very reason.
If Orton needs surgery, it would be a big ask for him to come back from that in his 40s. Here’s to hoping the future Hall of Famer’s health isn’t as bad as reported.