WWE Superstars can make a lot of money with the company, and that hasn’t changed for years, especially for the top names. Randy Orton’s hiatus brought up the point that he’s made tons of money for years, so he’s financially stable. He doesn’t really need to come back if he is advised to hang up his boots by medical professionals, but there are people on the roster who make a lot more than The Viper.
Randy Orton had back fusion surgery last year, and he’s still recovering. Hopefully, he will be able to heal up to 100%, but backs are very tricky when it comes to repairing themselves.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that Randy Orton is believed to be the 3rd highest paid wrestler in WWE. Previous reports ranged Orton’s guarantee payout at around $3-$4 million. That being said, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns are the only two who are making more than Orton at this time.
He is believed to be one of the highest paid guys on the active roster, on the men’s side believed to be behind Reigns and Lesnar and nobody else.
Randy Orton’s departure from WWE television stopped his momentum with Matt Riddle dead in its tracks. Riddle returned after WrestleMania following his own hiatus, for very different reasons, but an RK-Bro reunion was not in the cards.
If Randy Orton does come back to WWE and work another stretch of matches, it’s not because he has to. Orton will only return if his doctors clear him and he wants to make that return, because any bump in the ring can cause a lot of damage, especially with a back injury.
We will have to see what Randy Orton does at this point. He is also on a deal with WWE where they are cutting him checks, even during his injury. So, he’s still getting his weekly guaranteed money. As for right now, Randy Orton will do what’s best for him and his family. If anything, he’s already had a WWE Hall of Fame worthy career.
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