When it was revealed that John Cena was to take an extended leave away from WWE for personal reasons, the company had to think fast with how they could fill his boots.
With Cena being the face of the business, there is no ideal time for him to take off, let alone it being for a prolonged period.
Although a lot of the hype surrounding Cena's absence was linked to why he was going to be away from WWE for so long, the talking point now is who will be given more of a push as a result.
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This change in setup would surely have given the likes of Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton the chance to prove their worth alongside other big names such as Seth Rollins.
For Randy Orton, however, it seems this is going to be a missed chance opportunity for him as he will not be the man to step up to the mark during Cena's time away.
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As What Culture reports, the reason for Orton's absence during this week's edition of Monday Night Raw was because of a shoulder injury.
What Culture went onto say how Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio revealed that the 35-year-old will require an MRI scan to see whether or not he needs surgery for the injury.
This news will be hugely detrimental to WWE, who would surely have been hoping to have Orton as one of the key figures given his popularity with the fans, during John Cena's time off.
Meltzer went onto explain how Orton's work ethic resulted in this injury getting even worse:
"Randy Orton has a shoulder injury. He has a dislocated shoulder...he had been working with an injury and it got worse, it dislocated in the last week or so, and it was really painful for him."
Given the fact he has already missed several appearances on WWE television throughout 2015, this announcement coming towards the end of the year really proves that Orton has not lived up to his true potential this year.
With his years of experience as well as his clear popularity amongst the WWE Universe, time off for Orton would never be welcomed by the company, especially during a time as important as this.
Although the injury is out of both his and the business' hands, Orton will be more aware than anyone of how much of an impact it may have with regard to this year as a whole for him as well as the push he could and should receive in John Cena's lengthy absence.
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