This former WWE champion is on the sidelines.
Randy Orton is well known to the fans of the sports entertainment company as a top guy for the promotion. He is also known for his finishing move, which is great to say the least.
In recent years, he has worked a more limited schedule for the sports entertainment company.
Orton is a 13-time world champion. He has held the WWE Championship nine times (his eighth reign was as WWE World Heavyweight Champion and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship four times, and was the final holder of the World Heavyweight Championship, which he unified with the WWE Championship to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Orton is a third-generation professional wrestler. His grandfather Bob Orton, Sr., father "Cowboy" Bob Orton, and uncle Barry Orton all competed in the professional wrestling business.
Overall, Orton has won 16 total championships in WWE. He is the winner of the 2013 Money in the Bank ladder match, both the 2009 and 2017 Royal Rumble matches.
It’s been well documented that Orton underwent minor knee surgery this past Tuesday. Orton was last seen on WWE programming at the Backlash pay-per-view event when he was defeated by Jeff Hardy in a United States Title match that aired on the WWE Network.
“I’ve known I needed the surgery since late last year, but I’ve been waiting for the right time to get my knee cleaned out,” Orton told WWE.com. “Right now was the right time.”
In regards to when he could return to in-ring action, the timeline is three months and that he would be back inside of the squared circle under the WWE banner before SummerSlam.
The SummerSlam pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center.
This show will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. Both Raw and SmackDown brands will be featured.
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