Randy Orton suffered a concussion during his singles match against Big Show (in which Daniel Bryan interfered) at last night's WWE Raw Supershow from San Diego, California. Orton will not be medically cleared to compete by Sunday and as a result will be unable to participate in the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship. The WWE writing team is aware of the injury and will be replacing Orton in the match.
The official WWE website has confirmed the injury as you can view an excerpt from their article below:
"Randy sustained head trauma following his match with Big Show, in which Daniel Bryan interfered, and he was evaluated in the training room immediately afterward," WWE physician Dr. Michael Sampson told WWE.com. "Due to his symptoms as well as his neurological evaluation, he was diagnosed with a concussion. We will be doing more testing to see how he's going to do as far as short term vs. long term."
Orton will not be cleared to compete in the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match this Sunday.
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Under the WWE Wellness Policy, Orton will be required to pass an ImPACT test and then receive clinical clearance by a certified physician before he will be able to return the ring. While I'm unaware if Orton has been tested, initial ImPACT tests are usually conducted 24-72 hours post injury. If failed, the test is usually administered 2-3 days after the first post injury ImPACT test.
Thanks to Wrestling News World writer Dan Haase and readers Jon Robertson & Ryan for sending us the WWE.com link.