Is Randy Orton Rumoured to Return for this Weekend’s MITB PPV?

Having been out of action since May 2022, WWE fans are clamoring for Randy Orton to make his return to the ring. Following a recent report, he may be closing in on his comeback.

The Viper’s last match before taking time off to nurse his ongoing back injury was in a tag team showdown with Matt Riddle against The Usos, as the company looked to crown Undisputed Tag Team Champions.

According to the latest reports, Randy Orton is finally nearing a return, and he might return as soon as Money in the Bank 2023 PLE this weekend. Yes, you heard that right.

WRKD Wrestling shared the same news via a tweet. Although the return is not confirmed yet, it is undoubtedly a ray of hope for all WWE fans waiting to see Randy Orton for over a year.

Randy Orton has been out of action due to a severe back injury. Initially, his father stated that the doctors advised Randy to retire, but the latter began training for his in-ring return.

Is Randy Orton returning with a revamped theme song?

Since 2008, the 43-year-old star has walked down to the ring with Rev Theory’s track Voices echoing throughout the arena. Randy Orton will likely return to WWE with a new theme song that sounds ‘badder’ and better.

It is a remix of the ‘Voices’ song used by the Viper for his entrance ahead of his WWE matches and segments. Recently, the band posted a clip on their official YouTube channel, teasing a revamped, bigger, and badder version of the iconic song.

During his WWE career, Orton has gone toe-to-toe with some of the company’s biggest names, such as John Cena, Triple H, AJ Styles, Shawn Michaels, and Roman Reigns.

Is Randy Orton Rumoured to Return for this Weekend's MITB PPV?
Adam Copeland, Randy Orton, and Stephen Farrelly in WWE Monday Night RAW

What Role will Randy  assume on his return?

The Bloodline match

One possible scenario involves Randy Orton interfering in The Bloodline’s match. The ongoing storyline surrounding The Bloodline has only increased in momentum since the attack on Orton last May. However, with The Usos branching off from Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa, this sets up intriguing possibilities.

As per Reports, WWE is set to have two “drastic finishes” in mind for The Bloodline tag team match. Could Orton be involved, given he was last seen facing The Bloodline? It’s certainly plausible.

But while it might be tempting to have Orton assist The Usos in defeating Reigns and Sikoa, this storyline focuses exclusively on The Bloodline members.

Money in the Bank match

We all want this, and we might get exactly what we want.

An option is for Orton to interfere in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match, much like Brock Lesnar’s surprise return in 2019.

Currently, LA Knight and Logan Paul stand out as the favorites in the match. Depending on which of the two Orton was to go after would dictate which type of character he’d be returning as.

Knight has been gaining popularity with the crowd, and interference by Orton could elevate him, as the beloved babyface fans are itching for. On the other hand, Paul is already established as a heel, so Orton’s interference would likely receive an overwhelmingly positive response.

This could lead to a match between them at SummerSlam, adding to Paul’s already impressive resume. Nevertheless, the lack of motivation behind either interference scenario makes them seem unlikely.

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Intercontinental Championship Match

The most plausible scenario for Orton’s return revolves around his former tag team partner, Riddle. Given their previous tag team success as RK-Bro, Orton’s reappearance would likely occur in a match involving the Original Bro.

Although this would position Orton as a heel, it could reignite interest in Riddle’s character, who has lost momentum since his return. Or, then again, maybe WWE is leaning toward making Riddle a heel?

Either way, at this career stage, Orton is inclined to help elevate and establish new stars, making a program with Riddle an ideal opportunity.

The recent addition of Riddle’s Intercontinental Championship match against Gunther to the card further fuels speculation regarding Orton’s return. Despite the potential challenges of portraying Orton as a returning heel against a lukewarm Riddle, this scenario offers the best narrative possibility.

Is Randy Orton Rumoured to Return for this Weekend's MITB PPV?
Randy Orton and Matthew Riddle in WWE Monday Night RAW

A welcomed Randy Orton return

Since April 2002, the 43-year-old has been an integral part of WWE programming, spanning over two decades. Unsurprisingly, the toll of executing his iconic move, the RKO, enduring countless back landings has taken its toll on him.

Yet, wrestlers like Orton possess an indomitable spirit fueled by unwavering pride and an inability to let go of the business, even if it has hurt them. Throughout history, the greats have defied all odds and made triumphant returns when told it couldn’t be done.

Icons like Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Ric Flair, and The Undertaker are great examples of such. And now, at 43 years old, Orton is following in the footsteps of these legendary figures despite his age not being considered old by the standards of previous eras.

Orton has attained a legendary status where the cheers he receives blend respect and admiration. His return will undoubtedly be met with open arms, regardless of when and where it occurs. Should it happen at Money in the Bank, many opportunities present themselves.

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