Randy Orton hasn’t had the most successful of years in the WWE - ever since he lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 31 to Daniel Bryan, he has taken a smaller role as part of The Authority.
Randy Orton is a very talented superstar, on his day he can get the loudest cheer and he will already go down as one of the greatest villains the wrestling industry has ever seen. But the rough spell he is enduring now isn’t what he deserves, and it comes as no surprise that The Viper was contemplating time off from the WWE.
Nevertheless Orton has signed a new deal with the WWE; but it is not a full-time deal.
His new deal with the company means Orton is no longer a full time WWE superstar, but he isn’t a part time superstar either as he will be on television every single week.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that Orton signed the new deal; which means he will not have to go through the rigorous travelling schedule the WWE superstars go through every single week – this week they have travelled to Kuala Lumpur before flying back to the United States in time for live events and the televised episode of Monday Night Raw, with the tour to the United Kingdom also coming up in just under a month.
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Randy Orton’s situation is understandable, burn out and a lack of direction would eventually take a toll on any superstar, let alone a huge asset such as Randy Orton. His unhappiness reportedly resulted in him asking the company for some time off as the creative team have done little – almost nothing – with him since WrestleMania XXX but it looks as if the time off wasn’t granted so a new contract was drafted, beneficial to both parties as it would allow Orton to recuperate when not on the road but would allow the WWE to keep him on television.
This new deal for Orton will obviously impact all upcoming tours, especially the European tour which kicks off in November and instead of being there for the full two weeks; Orton will participate in the first week before leaving the tour.
The way in which the overseas tours work out is that the WWE superstars are split into two separate groups, for the European tour John Cena and Seth Rollins will headline the first group whilst Orton was scheduled to headline with Dean Ambrose in the second group – which will also feature Chris Jericho who takes on Bray Wyatt. After the first week it will be Kane who steps in to face off against Dean Ambrose.
It will be an interesting couple of months for Randy Orton with his lighter schedule, especially since he is rumoured to be turning face and feuding with Seth Rollins and The Authority; and perhaps some time off for The Viper would be a very wise move.