Randy Orton hits Samoa Joe with an RKO out of nowhere.

Randy Orton returned to SmackDown after a month-long absence with an RKO out of nowhere

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We are now just four days away from the 2019 edition of the Royal Rumble, which means the Road to WrestleMania can officially begin.

As of before SmackDown Live last night, there were 19 superstars officially entered into the match, with one of them being a doubt in the form of John Cena.

The 16-time world champion suffered an 'ankle injury' on Raw last week that he supposedly re-aggravated in training, but it's reportedly just a way to write him off television whilst he is filming in Vancouver for a new project.

Some big names such as Braun Strowman and stars already in minor title matches who could pull double duty, like The Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus could also be added, and it also gives the potential element of surprise for NXT superstars or returning figures of the past.

But WWE fans may have forgotten about one superstar that could have a major say in Sunday's match.

Two-time Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton's absence recently has been inconspicuous, and since the December 29 episode of SmackDown Live he had not been seen or mentioned.

But after Samoa Joe ruined the fantastic main event last night between Rey Mysterio and Andrade, someone had to shut the Samoan Submission Machine up on the microphone.

That person would be a returning Orton.

Randy Orton after laying out Samoa Joe on SmackDown.

You could tell something was going on as the WWE Universe broke out into shocked cheers, and then the RKO out of nowhere was hit.

It wouldn't be a Rumble match without The Viper, and even though after his win two years ago you'd think that he will have no chance of winning it again in 2019; stranger things have happened.

Last time we checked as well, Orton was a savage heel who wanted to take out the fan favourites, but everyone loves an 'RKO Outta Nowhere' and you're lying if you say you don't.

In regards to Orton's path to WrestleMania though, there's no chance he should be stuck in a Fatal Four-Way for the US Championship like he was last year.

The name value alone means he should get a good feud in the lead-up, maybe against AJ Styles who he's only had one singles match with him his three-year run in the WWE.

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