The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has provided an update on Randy Orton’s WWE return. As previously reported, Orton recently underwent surgery for a deviated septum, and is currently slated to make his televised return on Jan. 25 at the 28th annual “Royal Rumble” Pay-Per-View.
Orton, who left weekly TV just before the “Survivor Series” event in November in order to film WWE Studios’ “The Condemned 2: Desert Prey,” made a couple of appearances during WWE Live Events the week following Christmas. However, due to a deviated septum, Orton did not return to television on Dec. 29, as he was originally advertised.
Having undergone successful surgery, Orton is now being advertised for the Jan. 17 WWE Live Event. While Orton will not be seen by the masses until Jan. 25, select fans will be able to see him the weekend before the “Royal Rumble.”
With the Jan. 19 edition of “Monday Night Raw” being billed as a special “RAW Reunion” show, it is quite possible Orton returns to television to declare his entry into the annual Royal Rumble match itself, but anything besides his return at the PPV itself is mere speculation.
I could see them bringing out Orton on Jan. 19 to build interest in the Rumble. We’ll see.