The WWE have a brand split coming up next month with the current roster being torn in two for Monday Night Raw and SmackDown.
Because of that, Vince McMahon, Triple H and co. have been on their phones trying to bring in as many former stars from yesteryear as possible to try and beef up the rosters, adding some much-needed depth to the current talent list.
However, the WWE do have one huge star already waiting in the wings, with Randy Orton set to make his return to the squared circle.
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According to a report from NoDQ, the WWE have started advertising the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion for future events. These are official adverts from the WWE and they include the live event in San Antonio on August 28th.
The Viper has been out since October of last year after suffering a shoulder injury while, apparently, taking out the garbage at his home.
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Orton has struggled with shoulder and collarbone problems for years now as a result of hyper-flexibility, which puts them at risk of popping out and injury. Seemingly, Randy managed that while just performing the simple household task.
Recent reports have also stated that Orton is ready to make his return pretty much immediately, so it remains to be seen if the August date is his actual return or whether or not we will have seen him at RAW or SmackDown before then.
With the brand split coming up and the Draft about a month away, it would make sense for the 36-year-old to make his comeback at the Draft itself as a surprise selection by either Stephanie or Shane McMahon - who seem to be the de facto choices for general manager of each show.
So much for the new era
The news that Orton will be returning is a huge boost for the WWE. As we mentioned previously, and wrote about here, the company have been calling around to former stars in order to try and get as much talent in as possible.
Stevie Richards, Montel Vontavious Porter and Carlito are the three most recent names to be linked with a return, while bigger names such as Kurt Angle and Goldberg have also apparently been contacted by McMahon.
Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy have also apparently received inquiries but they are under contract at Lucha Underground and TNA, respectively.
The return of Randy Orton will help to lend some superstar power to either Raw or SmackDown, whichever The Viper ends up at.
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