WWE superstar Randy Orton was pulled from making a shock return at the Survivor Series pay-per-view last night, because creative chiefs behind the scenes decided that the shock surrounding Sting's appearance was more than enough ammunition to make the show a huge success.
Orton has been out of action since a vicious attack at the hands of the Authority on November 3rd, with Seth Rollins putting the Viper out of commission with a pair of vicious curb stomps.
Originally that injury angle was supposed to come full circle at Survivor Series, with Orton slated to get involved in the battle for creative control of the company between Team Cena and Team Authority in his hometown St. Louis.
Sting given the limelight
NoDq.com have today reported that Orton was backstage at Survivor Series and ready to feature on the live broadcast if required, but WWE chiefs decided that the furore created surrounding Sting's intervention in the main event would mean they could delay the introduction of a regular headliner for closer to the Royal Rumble.
Sting sent Twitter into overdrive on Sunday night by finally appearing on WWE programming after more than 30 years as one of the planet's most recognisable wrestlers, and what an impact it was.
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When will Orton return?
The WCW legend delivered a Scorpion Death Drop to Triple H in a chaotic conclusion to Survivor Series, helping Dolph Ziggler get the pinfall that means The Authority are no longer in charge of what goes down on Raw, Smackdown or any other WWE show.
Sting and Triple H now looked prime for a collision course at the Royal Rumble, but that leaves Orton on the sidelines as he patiently waits for the chance to exact revenge on Rollins.
The Viper holds a grudge like almost no other WWe superstar though, so Rollins can be sure that when given the green light to return a huge clash between the sure is almost a certainty.