Randy Orton is officially advertised for Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Philadelphia, PA.
Orton was written off WWE television in early November to film the starring role in the WWE Studios production The Condemned 2.
He returned on WWE’s holiday live event loop beginning on December 26, 2014 in New York City but had his return to TV delayed due to a reported deviated septum.
WWE has two options to bring Orton back as a top babyface (which is the plan). The first option is to bring him back in the 30-man Royal Rumble match, making him a dark horse to win it as a surprise entrant. The second option is to bring him back in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match to continue his program with Seth Rollins. It was Rollins that wrote Orton off TV with the Curb Stomp and they’re rumored to have a match at Wrestlemania 31.