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WWE Updates Randy Orton’s Status, The Story Behind His Absence

WWE has updated their kayfabe coverage on Randy Orton. Rather than recap a storyline report, here’s the update in its entirety: has learned that Orton has been diagnosed with a concussion following further tests by WWE physician Dr. Stephen Daquino. “Randy exhibited symptoms of a concussion after the Curb Stomp on the announcer’s desk,” Daquino reported to “He also had some facial contusions. Currently he is not cleared to compete and his return timetable is undetermined.”

As for Orton’s status for Survivor Series, here was the update given on this week’s episode of Main Event, transcribed by Brooks Oglesby in his report:

The “A New Day” promo for Xavier woods airs. Back at the announce table, Michael Cole & JBL introduce a Raw Rebound detailing the return of Vince McMahon. Vince’s stipulation: “If Team Authority loses, the Authority will no longer be in power” is shown, as well as the dissension between Randy Orton and Seth Rollins, ending with the two curb stomps delivered to Orton. Back at the announce table, Cole calls it a “disturbing scene.” He says he has a medical update on Orton from WWE’s doctors, who say he has “symptoms of a concussion” and “some facial contusions.” He is not cleared to compete, and his return schedule has not yet been determined, so it seems as if he will not be a part of Team Authority. It is announced that John Cena returns to Raw next week. In addition, Bray Wyatt will be in action next.

Here’s the story. Orton was written off television to film his starring role in The Condemned 2. Filming begins on November 11th in New Mexico, a fact he confirmed when explaining why he won’t be on WWE’s European tour. Orton’s status for Survivor Series is unknown but he’s not listed in official advertising information. The pay-per-view will take place from his hometown of St. Louis, which would work out well if they decided to bring him back as a babyface. We’ll have more in our Backstage News from Raw later in the day.

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