Randy Orton hasn't been happy with his booking lately and recently approached WWE officials about taking some time off towards the end of the year to freshen up.
We're told with as thin as the roster is, especially at the top of the card, WWE doesn't want another guy unavailable. Orton has been told he's going to be made more of a priority but he still wants to take some time off.
Until Daniel Bryan or Batista returns, WWE is really hurting for star power, so this is certainly standing in the way of them granting Orton time off.
WWE recently added more dates to the contract of Brock Lesnar to get him on more shows, which didn't come cheap either.