Booker T Thinks It’s Time For WWE Icon To Retire
In the wake of a recent news update on a very prolific WWE superstar, Booker T has opined that said star should hang up his boots for good.
Earlier this week, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Randy Orton’s father, shared the news that Randy’s doctor thinks that Randy’s back injury is so bad and he’s in such bad shape overall that he should stop wrestling for good.
It has been almost a full calendar year since Orton wrestled his last match. That contest took place on May 20, 2022, and saw Orton and Riddle lose their RAW Tag Team titles to the Usos in a title unification match.
Since then, Orton has been known to be dealing with a back injury. But the severity of that injury has led to several wrestling industry veterans, including Booker T, to chime in on what Randy’s next steps should be.
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T thinks that Randy Orton should simply retire so that he avoids putting himself in a high-risk situation.
“One thing about the business and we talk about it all the time, you’re going to be hurt. You’re going to be hurt all the time. It’s just a hurt business.
Being injured is something that’s totally different. Obviously, he’s dealing with an injury now because from what I was reading, the doctors are advising Randy Orton to not come back to in-ring competition. I don’t know how true that is, but if it is true, I know what Randy Orton is going through.
“A doctor advised me, same thing, not to return back to the ring because of neck issues from a full-time perspective. That’s why I totally took an exit from the ring when I did because of the curvature my neck could get to the point to where it could start messing with the nerves, tingling in the hands, numbness and then it could lead to paralysis and whatnot, whatnot, whatnot.
“The doctor told me you can stop and we don’t have to have surgery or you could keep going if we do the surgery, so I chose, you know, hey, let me take a step back. So I do know what Randy may perhaps be going through at this point in time.”
h/t Inside The Ropes for the transcription