Not everyone was thrilled by Randy Orton’s main event segment on SmackDown.
On December 1st, Randy Orton headed back to the blue brand for the first time since being put out of action by The Bloodline on May 20th, 2022. After spending 18 months recovering from a back injury that nearly robbed him of his career, The Viper returned at Survivor Series, before defeating Dominik Mysterio on the following episode of Raw.
While Orton was initially a free agent, that changed on SmackDown. Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis both made pitches for the star, although Paul Heyman also got involved, saying his future would be decided by The Bloodline. At this, Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa attacked, but LA Knight ran out to make the save.
As Sikoa and Knight brawled to the back, Orton hit Jimmy with an RKO. The veteran then signed his SmackDown contract, telling Heyman to remind Roman Reigns that “Daddy’s home.” Just as Aldis began celebrating with his new signing, Orton hit him with an RKO to stand tall at the end of the show.
In response to the attack, Aldis’ wife Mickie James joked on social media that she was taking back her idea for a new t-shirt and slogan for Orton. After hearing that he was going to appear on SmackDown she suggested “RanDaddy” as a new slogan.
Randy Orton Heading For Match With Roman Reigns?
With Randy Orton now officially a SmackDown Superstar, it seems he’s gunning for Roman Reigns and the Undisputed Universal WWE Title. Reporting ahead of SmackDown, Dave Meltzer reported that Randy Orton had been “considered” for a match against the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble.