The WWE has had an awful time of things with injuries over the past year or so, to say the very least.
Both Daniel Bryan and Tyson Kidd could have had their careers ended by a concussion issue and a severe neck/spinal injury respectively, while former WWE Champion Seth Rollins had to vacate the title after tearing multiple ligaments in his knee during a house show recently.
Setback for Orton
WWE's injury nightmare isn't over however, as it has been revealed that Randy Orton has suffered a major setback on his road to recovery.
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According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the situation with Orton's injuries is worse than first feared as he will need an operation on his neck after he has recovered from his recent shoulder surgery.
The surgery on his neck is not a serious one, it is just to remove bone fragments, but considering the delicate area where they will be operating, it could still cause a lengthy absence.
Out for a Year?
"It's possible that the damage to Orton's neck is worse than they think, which would require neck fusion surgery, but that's not expected right now," the report stated.
Original estimations put Orton at spending another three-to-six months on the sidelines following the neck surgery. However, considering the fact that it will only happen after he has recovered from his shoulder op, it could still be a year before we see The Viper back inside a WWE ring.
That would mean him missing WrestleMania 32 next year in Dallas, TX, which would be a huge blow for the WWE seeing as they are trying to make it the biggest 'Mania of all time. The WWE need all their stars to be healthy for the event, but that just isn't the case right now.