Randy Orton had back fusion surgery, and his absence from WWE television has been notable. This prolonged absence has sparked concern among fans, but it appears that WWE has a strategic course of action in motion. Randy Orton is on the road to recovery, yet the definitive timeline for his return remains elusive.

Randy Orton has been on the sidelines since May 2022, but he is working toward his return. Fightful Select shed some light on his status. According to sources within WWE’s creative team, as of the past week, Randy Orton has not been integrated into any WWE creative plans whatsoever.

Sources within WWE creative said that as of this past week, Randy Orton had not been factored into WWE creative plans whatsoever.

We’ve heard that he’s not yet cleared for in-ring training or action, and those we’ve spoken to say that there hasn’t been an extensive conversation about what the plans will be for Orton. As of now, before in-ring training resumes, Orton is planning to make a return to the ring. However, a lower back fusion isn’t typical among pro wrestlers and is uncharted territory for many. Doctors have told Orton that wrestling in the future isn’t a good idea, but he still plans on it. He has resumed lifting, and we’ve told he’s “huge” as a result.


Although Randy Orton has started his workout routine once again, he has refrained from taking bumps. Plans are in place to bring him to the Performance Center to facilitate this phase of his recovery.

Ringside News exclsuively reported in May that Randy Orton will be back in the ring this year, at least that is the plan. That being said, fans are looking at a wait, and it won’t happen until the later part of 2023.

Ringside News also exclusively reported that Orton wouldn’t make Money in the Bank. Obviously, we are still waiting on his return, but it is a work in progress.

Randy Orton has a return date in the future, it’s not this summer, but it is in this calendar year.

Randy Orton has made ton of money in WWE, so the thought was out there that The Viper doesn’t need to wrestle again. That being said, his home is in the ring, and there are plans for his return.

We will keep a close eye on this ongoing story, because there could be an update at any time in this situation. Keep checking back with Ringside News for more, and as always, leave those comments in the section we provide below to let us know what’s on your mind!

Felix Upton

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