Last week, Randy Orton dismissed the rumors that he needed to have neck surgery on his Instagram and also said his shoulder rehab was progressing well. He said he was ahead of schedule and itching to get back in the ring.
The Viper also said that everyone should take anything they see online with a grain of salt, which was an indirect comment at Dave Meltzer's comments about his need to have neck surgery.
Meltzer has responded to Orton's comments on the latest installment of Wrestling Observer Radio, according to NoDQ.
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The NoDQ article said: "Meltzer explained that he received word about Orton possibly needing surgery back in November and Ric Flair also mentioned it on his podcast around the same time. Meltzer claims that Orton was just recently told that he would not be needing the surgery, as early as last week."
It continued: "Meltzer would go on to mention that Orton is expected to return to action between mid-March or early May."
As we mentioned earlier this week, despite Orton being ahead of schedule, it may be optimistic to say he will be back in time for WrestleMania 32 later this year. However, in light of Meltzer's return dates for The Viper between mid-March and early May, which is in the middle of WrestleMania season, it is possible he could be on the show.
Nevertheless, the WWE may opt out of rushing back the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion early due to their recent injury record. To put things in perspective, all the champions from WrestleMania 31, Nikki Bella, Daniel Bryan, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, Seth Rollins, and the most recent, John Cena, are currently out injured.