Backstage News On Randy Orton’s Meeting With Vince McMahon, Triple H & WWE Management Regarding His Wellness Test Failure & 60-Day Suspension, Why Orton’s Career Is In Jeopardy & The Latest On Whether Or Not He Will Be Released

Randy Orton met with Vince McMahon, Triple H and other WWE officials on Friday. While specifics of the meeting have not been disclosed as of this writing, I’m told there is still the possibility the company cuts ties with Orton and releases him.

The feeling is if the company can no longer push him as a main event talent, there isn’t enough upside to keep him around. Orton’s current position, with two public Wellness strikes, allows no room for error and many feel like even if it gets back on the “straight and narrow,” one mistake results in a mandatory termination.

Making matters worse, Orton is currently under a lucrative 10-year contract and WWE would save money by terminating it and spending the money elsewhere. Even if he was brought back and pushed as a mid-card talent, I’m told the company can’t justify the amount currently stipulated in his agreement.

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  • Fetcher

    I'd have to imagine it's a pretty significant amount of money. All I can see them doing is just signing some extra guys they can keep in development with the extra cash…not any big names. Anywhere in particular you could see them spending the extra cash if they do cut him, Richard?

  • Zenex

    Talk about being the other "face" of WWE, to being Faceplanted right out of the company…

  • PietroGiampa

    Sad Sad News !! Thanks for the Inside Richard

  • Blacknwhite

    In the end I just dont see Mcmahon letting him go..he still draws for them unless during his absence someone steps up in a big way.

  • jonathon212

    wow as much as i dislike orton, there is no denying his star power. if he went to tna that would be huge for them and possibly the biggest addition in their history aside from angle

  • Ricky

    This is bad for Orton, because I don't think TNA will pick him up due to his history with Ken Anderson. So Orton will A.) Be fired from the WWE after 5 strikes and still not getting his crap together. B.) WWE takes a final chance on him and he makes good on it. or C.) Orton goes from a Main Eventer to a Mid carder jobbing to Brodus Clay and Tyler Reks.

    WWE must be kicking themselves for listening to him a few years back and NOT pushing Kofi Kingston.

  • Ricky

    This is bad for Orton, because I don't think TNA will pick him up due to his history with Ken Anderson. So Orton will A.) Be fired from the WWE after 5 strikes and still not getting his crap together. B.) WWE takes a final chance on him and he makes good on it. or C.) Orton goes from a Main Eventer to a Mid carder jobbing to Brodus Clay and Tyler Reks.

  • Evon Reese

    Randy Orton has a huge group of fans and it will hurt WWE if they fire him. As bad as everyone else wants Daniel Bryan to be over and a Super Star a lot of the Yes chants are making fun of him . If all they had was Daniel Bryan and Punk to carry their Pay For View it would be a sinking ship. I know I wouldn't buy it

  • brandonsanewski

    As much as I dislike tna, I think they would snap him up in a second and it would make for some interesting story lines with the ken Anderson stuff and also the beef with jury angle over orton using one of his finishers, it could be huge for tna

  • robert

    Soo many people have gone to wwe angle is a way better wrestler a class of his own, orton is not even in his zip code when it come to his wrestling, but for some reason with women orton is the bad guy dooooosh they like so he's a draw maybe some guys like him but why idk he's not that good of a wrestler and has been juicing for as long as they been testin 5 times u test positive you just don't care about the rules you can say he defecates on the rules. let jr do what he does and develope someone obviously not in the company because who? Dolph Ziggler he's been there what 7 years and still is garbage, he talks like he's never been on a mike just come out in his spirit squad and do cheers. i like Ryback and Daniel Bryan at least nexus got something right.

  • mjledesma

    Sometimes I think there are little kids who post here. Really no knowledge of the product. Some of these post on the comment board are ridiculous. Punk vs Bryan wont sell PPV? You got to be kidding? Ziggler is garbage? REALLY? He is a natural. I hope guys like Kofi, RTRUTH, Ziggler, Barrett when he comes back, and MIZ step up. The ball is in play. It is only a matter of time before someone becomes the game MVP.

  • buckeyewriter23

    People forget how immensely talented Randy Orton is. 3 years ago, when he worked the main event of Wrestlemania 25 against Hunter, the match didn't get much love because it followed the iconic match between HBK and Taker. That said, the angle leading up to the Orton-Hunter match was incredibly compelling. Remember when Orton kissed Stephanie in front of Triple H? Then Hunter went to "Orton's house" and beat the mess out of him? Or how about when Orton punted Cena's father? I remember around that time Heyman penning an article talking about how Orton was the best heel in the business, and he was right. Add to that, Orton never changed his persona to become a babyface, the fans just started to cheer for him because they had an incredible amount of respect for what he was able to do inside the ring. He's very naturally gifted.

    Now, all that said, he's made some bone headed decisions and it's unfortunate that he still hasn't learned from past mistakes. If WWE and Vince decide to release him, I understand their reasoning, but it will be a blow to the "Universe." Orton has been mired in bad angles ever since he was drafted to Smackdown. Sure he still makes appearances on Raw, but he rarely works with Raw wrestlers, or has angles written for him by Raw writers. The Smackdown angles haven't been nearly as compelling and Orton's star power has suffered. However, it would still hurt the company and the fan base to lose him. I know that I would definitely be disappointed with that outcome. OK I'm done rambling.

    • Matt Scott

      Who cares how talented he is? Rules are rules!!!

  • Matt

    I say play it out and see. While they acknowledge this is his "second" strike, he's got one more chance to make things right before being fired for that. WWE benefits more having him than not having him at this point in time. His lackluster match at 'Mania is showing their faith in him, though.

  • Mark

    I'd bury Orton by putting over someone else then release him, like Ambrose beating the crap out of Orton forcing Orton to 'retire' or a loser leaves WWE. Elevates Ambrose, gets rid of the problem.