GiveMeSport contributor Anthony Hayes looks into the possibility that the fan attack on Randy Orton could have been staged. 

WWE gained worldwide media coverage after a fan attacked WWE Superstar Randy Orton in South Africa but all is not as it seems.

The incident was originally accepted as an unplanned incident however new reports on the incident have caused many to believe that the incident was planned by the WWE.

Scepticism first arose when the WWE reported the incident and posted a video of the attack on their website, something the WWE does not usually do after a fan incident. Fans were also quick to point out that the attacker had used a Ric Flair style low blow, a move which prevents injury.

The biggest cause for doubt came when it was revealed by fans that were in attendance that the attacker was in fact a famous local wrestler named The Blacksmith and that the WWE security allowed The Blacksmith to enter the ring and attack Orton before they apprehended him.

On the other hand, the attacker was legitimately arrested after the attack perhaps showing that the incident was not a scripted occurrence.

The attacker was interviewed by South African news site yesterday. When asked why he attacked Orton he replied: “I just don’t like Randy Orton.” He also noted that he had received a black eye when Orton kicked him in the face while he was being removed from the ring by security.

WWE stands by their insistence that the incident was not scripted but some believe that it was a publicity stunt used to draw attention away from rival company TNA’s current #August1Warning videos.


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