The WWE have had an absolutely terrible time with injuries over the past year or so.
Firstly, Daniel Bryan has been forced to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the Intercontinental title after suffering from a neck injury and ongoing concussion problem, respectively. And then you have Tyson Kidd, who nearly died in the ring after a botched musclebuster from Samoa Joe.
Now there is another long-term casualty for the WWE as Randy Orton has been ruled out of action until well into 2016.
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WWE Make it Official
After weeks of reports that Orton had been injured, WWE has confirmed that Randy Orton suffered a dislocated shoulder that will keep him out of the ring for "an extended period of time."
"Randy has suffered from a dislocated shoulder. He's had chronic problems with his shoulder, and a recent MRI that was done found he has a Bankart lesion in his shoulder, some stretched ligaments and a partially torn rotator cuff," WWE's Dr. Steve Daquino told the WWE website.
Orton apparently suffered the injury when he was taking out the garbage, which has to go down as one of the funniest injuries in WWE history.
4-6 Months Out
The WWE's statement went on to add that Orton could be out for 4-6 months, but it is unclear if this is his actual timetable for return or just a kayfabe prediction.
"At this point it's a matter of when he dislocates the shoulder again, and not if. Surgery seems imminent, and recovery time for such a surgery would be four to six months."
Orton suffers from hypermobile shoulders and has had problems with it all throughout his career. He notoriously has to warm up his shoulders for an hour before any match to stop them from dislocating in the ring.