Amid his WWE absence, Randy Orton’s Father, Bob Orton, has claimed he thinks that doctors have told Randy Orton not to return to the ring.
Former multi-time WWE Champion Randy Orton has been out of action since May of last year due to sustaining a back injury that forced the 43-year-old to require a fusion surgery in November, with some within the company believing that the company would be lucky to see him return to the ring.
Randy Orton’s father and WWE Hall of Famer Cowboy Bob Orton recently spoke to Bill Apter of Sportskeeda, where he provided an update on his son’s recovery. Whilst noting that Randy is currently training, Bob Orton revealed he thinks that doctors have advised him to call time on his legendary career.
“He’s training so we’ll see what happens,” Orton said. “I don’t know if he feels like going back. If he feels like going back or if he feels like he’s ready to go back, I think he might. Then again, he’s pretty well taken care of. I don’t think he needs to. I think the doctors have told him not to. Randy will do what Randy is gonna do, he always does.”-Bob Orton
Should Randy decide to make a return to the ring despite the advice of doctors, there is currently no timetable for said return, with Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently reporting that Orton is “nowhere close” to being able to step back into the ring.
Whilst it would be a great shame to see Randy Orton’s career come to an end under such unfortunate circumstances, there can be no doubt that ‘The Viper’ is among WWE’s all-time greats, and thus he’d undoubtedly hang up the boots as a future first-ballot Hall of Famer.
As always, we’ll aim to provide any further updates on Randy Orton’s injury status as soon as we hear more, and we wish him all the best in his recovery.
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.