Randy Orton won’t be stepping away from WWE anytime soon.
While the shock return of CM Punk grabbed the majority of the headlines, Survivor Series also saw Randy Orton back in action for the first time in well over a year. After show-long teases that he wasn’t in the arena and wouldn’t show up, Orton appeared in the best shape of his life as he joined Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins, Jey Uso, and Sami Zayn inside WarGames.
The Viper hit all of his signature spots, including a huge RKO after JD McDonagh had been launched from the top of the structure.
When all was said and done, Orton and the rest of his team emerged victorious before Punk made his return as the show went off the air.
With Punk retreating backstage, Orton and company left the ring and headed up the ramp. The Viper received a warm welcome as he headed back past fans trying to get a glimpse of the star, before turning and holding up ten figures saying “10 more years” in a moment captured on social media.
If Orton sticks to his prediction he’ll be 53 by the time he retires.
Why Had Randy Orton Been Out Of Action?
Following a tag team match on the May 20th episode of SmackDown where he and Riddle lost the Raw Tag Team Titles, the pair were given a beatdown by The Bloodline, writing the veteran off television. It was quickly reported that Orton had been dealing with a back injury that was getting progressively worse and had been forced into taking time off.
During his absence, Orton underwent surgery to repair the damage, before being advised by doctors to hang up his boots.