Randy Orton has been missing from WWE television for a few weeks now, after being written out of their storylines. While the on-screen reason was something about the Wyatt family giving him a beat down, the real life reason is that he dislocated his shoulder — which has given him problems before — and needed to take some serious time off to heal.
According to a report from WWE.com, the injury could be even worse than anticipated. Dr. Steve Daqunio, a WWE physician, gives us the details:
“Randy has suffered from a dislocated shoulder. He’s had chronic problems with his shoulder, and a recent MRI that was done found he has a Bankart lesion in his shoulder, some stretched ligaments and a partially torn rotator cuff.
“At this point it’s a matter of when he dislocates the shoulder again, and not if. Surgery seems imminent, and recovery time for such a surgery would be four to six months.”
Even if Orton has surgery right away, it would be a difficult task to make it back in time for the company’s biggest annual show, which is scheduled for April 3 at AT&T Stadium in Texas (otherwise known as Cowboys’ Stadium). WrestleMania 32 is expected to break the pro wrestling attendance record that has stood at 93,173 since WrestleMania III took place at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987.
Orton has been a part of every WrestleMania since 2003.