Randy Orton has been making headlines with his highly anticipated WWE return after being sidelined due to back surgery for over a year. But here’s the catch – his return was no secret, and it’s stirring up quite the buzz.

The big reveal took place during Monday Night RAW, courtesy of Cody Rhodes, who announced Randy Orton as the fifth member of his Survivor Series team. While some fans were thrilled, others felt that this exciting surprise should have been kept under wraps.

But hold on, because WWE had a strategic plan in place. On the latest episode of the Hall of Fame podcast, wrestling legend Booker T stepped in to defend WWE’s decision to spoil Orton’s return. Why, you ask? Well, according to Booker T, it’s all about the age of social media.

“You know, a surprise would’ve been great, but I’m sure someone would’ve broken on Twitter that Randy Orton has been spotted in Chicago. I’m sure of that. There’s no way around that. So these days, trying to surprise someone, you might just be shooting yourself in the foot. Everybody [should] know [sic] that Randy Orton is gonna be there so they could tune in and buy it more than anything. More importantly, you want the Randy Orton fans to know he’s going to be there.”


It’s a new era, folks, and the era of wrestling surprises might be fading in the age of instant information. WWE didn’t want fans expecting surprise CM Punk appearance at the Premium Live Event, so they decided to spill the beans on Orton’s return instead.

Now, the wrestling world is abuzz with anticipation for Randy Orton’s return match after his extended hiatus. Will he prove he’s still the Apex Predator, or will a new star rise to the occasion? Stay tuned to find out!

What do you think of what Booker T said? Do you feel they should have kept Randy Orton’s Survivor Series return a secret? Let us know in the comments below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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