Randy Orton unable to compete at Backlash tonight

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One of the biggest matches on the card for tonight's WWE Backlash pay-per-view event will not be going ahead, PWInsider.com has reported.

Randy Orton was set to face Bray Wyatt in a singles match during the event which takes place at the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia, later tonight.

Huge blow

As the site has confirmed however, The Viper has not yet been medically cleared to compete in the ring following his brutal match against Brock Lesnar at the SummerSlam pay-per-view event last month.


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PWInsider.com also revealed that as this withdrawal was at such a late stage, there is no word as of yet with regard to how WWE will handle Orton's absence in relation to story lines. 

It has been rumoured that the company were hoping to have Orton cleared to return to action this week following the events of his SummerSlam match with Lesnar, but that did not happen.

Change time

The site also stated that the injury which is preventing the 36-year-old from competing tonight is concussion based, meaning WWE must undoubtedly go by the advice of the medical staff. 

Orton is also scheduled to be facing Brock Lesnar in a rematch on September 24 in Chicago, but it is unlikely this will still take place unless the former is cleared to return to the ring over the next few days. 

Both those in charge of WWE as well as members of the WWE Universe will appreciate the effect which concussion-based injuries can have and thus understand this late change.

As for tonight's pay-per-view event, Orton may well still have some involvement verbally as he is said to be backstage at Backlash this evening. 

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