Randy Orton not returning in time for WrestleMania 32
WWE legend Ric Flair, while speaking on the latest episode of his podcast Woooooo! Nation, claimed that longtime company employee Randy Orton would be medically unfit to make an appearance on WrestleMania 32 in April, reports allwrestlingnews.com.
“I’m told it won’t be ready,” said Flair “Randy’s shoulder surgery was a lot more serious than people understand. He even had it done by a different surgeon this time because he wanted to make sure that… If it pops out just pounding the mat…just imagine what would happen if he took a German from Brock (Lesnar).”
Orton picked up a shoulder injury shortly after teaming up with Dean Ambrose to try and take out the New Day on RAW, which led to him being removed from the Hell In a Cell match as he would need months to recuperate. The wrestler also went under the knife for a neck injury, which lengthened his recovery time.
The 35-year-old has been with WWE since 2001 and is counted as one of the franchise’s most consistent employees, winning four World Heavyweight Championships, eight WWE World Heavyweight Championships, one World Tag Team Championship, among other trophies.