Reports emanating from the latest Monday Night Raw show in Kansas City suggest that one of the WWE's leading superstars may have suffered a serious injury during the Main Event match up.
Wrestling Inc., relaying information gathered from a source in attendance at the show, are reporting that Randy Orton was left banged up after a confrontation with Dean Ambrose in the Handicap Street Fight main event Monday Night.
After taking the full weight of Ambrose after the former Shield member dove onto him from the announcer's table Orton is quoted by the source as telling a ringside WWE trainer:
"The ruptured disc in my back is f****d."
The report then goes on to note that Orton struggled with movement in and out of the ring in the aftermath of the incident.
There is no official word yet from the WWE to substantiate the claims but it would seem odd for someone to completely make up such a story. Moreover, Randy Orton did not take to the ring during Tuesday's SmackDown taping as had previously been expected, suggesting that perhaps there is some lasting issue from RAW.
Orton, who has been in the news lately for reportedly turning down several story lines laid out to him by the likes of Triple H, will face an enforced time away from the ring should the injury prove to be first real, and second, a recurrence of a ruptured disc.
Orton originally suffered the injury, then diagnoses as a herniated disc, back in December 2011 when Bad News Barrett threw him down a flight of stairs. Opting not to go for surgery at the time meant that the WWE Superstar could return to action just a month later but it looks like it could now come back to haunt him.
Big plans ahead
Should Orton face serious time on the sidelines the WWE's big plans for the wrestler could have to be put on the back burner. Vince McMahon and co had been keen to give Orton a face turn in the coming weeks.
What is more,the injury comes at a time when top level talent Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are both out with long term injuries.