The possible WWE return date for Randy Orton has been revealed.
The Apex Predator has been out of action since he picked up a shoulder injury in September last year.
The last we heard about it was when he told Ric Flair that his shoulder surgery was worst than people first thought and that he would be missing WrestleMania but he did deny that he needed neck surgery. He is thought to be back anytime between now and May.
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The 12-time World Champion hasn't provided any further updates on the status of his injury, but FOX Sports Radio 1340 in Washington, DC, posted the tweet below, reporting Randy Orton will be returning to WWE TV next month.
Analysing the information we know from Orton and this tweet, this feels like an accurate return date for The Viper, so this is great news for WWE fans.
So what kind of role could Orton have upon his return to the WWE?
Face or Heel?
Randy Orton is one of those rare superstars that works great as a face and as a heel. Therefore, upon his return, there are so many opportunities and storylines which he could be used in.
He is still regarded as one of the company's top stars, so you would expect him to be part of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship storyline upon his return or finding a way to earn the number one contendership.
This could consequently see him feuding with Reigns upon his return up until before Money in the Bank. He could either be a face or a heel for this rivalry, depending on whether or not The Big Dog turns heel after his expected WrestleMania win against Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
It would make sense for Orton to lose this rivalry overall so that Reigns can be built as a dominant heel superstar and a strong champion. The next move for The Apex Predator would be to find a way to remain in the title hunt after falling short, and the Money in the Bank ladder match presents his most logical route
Here would be a perfect time for him to have a heel turn so that he could feud against the likes of Dean Ambrose, or John Cena and Seth Rollins when they return from injury later this summer. Any one of those could be, including Orton himself, the winner of the Money in the Bank contract.
We're not at the point where Orton should be out of the main event picture, but it is coming up to the time that the WWE needs to start to build up other superstars like Reigns, Ambrose, Rollins and Bray Wyatt as legit champions so that once his time is over, they have new top stars the fans will love just as much as they did with The Viper.