Possible reason why Randy Orton wasn't cleared to compete at Backlash revealed

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We are less than 24 hours removed from Backlash and Smackdown's first attempt at a solo PPV, and it was certainly a night to remember.

With the attention switching back to the superstars of Monday Night RAW tonight, most fans are still left confused by the one thing that went wrong for Smackdown last night.

A plan changed

Backlash was seemingly a hit with the fans who saw AJ Styles claim the WWE Title and Becky Lynch become the first ever Smackdown Live Women's Champion.


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Smackdown brought Backlash back to the WWE with a bang, but not everything ran smoothly, with one fairly high profile match having to be cancelled.

Bray Wyatt was set to take on the Viper Randy Orton last night in a match that had to be rethought just hours before the event.

Rumours emerged before the show that Orton had not been medically cleared for the event and they proved to be right when a backstage segment aired showing Wyatt attacking the Viper.

It now appears that the reason Orton was pulled from the event actually goes all the way back to the beating he suffered at the hands of Brock Lesnar last month at SummerSlam.

With Orton actually getting physical at Backlash by delivering an RKO to Wyatt, it looks like he was physically fit to compete, just not cleared by the WWE.

He was likely not cleared because of the staples put in his head in the aftermath of SummerSlam, which have apparently not fully closed.

When Wyatt came out for the match, he demanded that the official count a ten count and declare him the winner.

He would then be forced to face Kane in a No Holds Barred match which would eventually bring Orton to the ring and he would have a hand in Wyatt's defeat.

The rivalry between Orton and Wyatt now seems set to continue as the fans will likely have to wait another month for the meeting between the Eater of Worlds and the Viper.

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