A WWE Hall of Famer has pitched what could be a useful new role for Randy Orton if the star’s in-ring days are behind him due to injury.
Randy Orton has been out of action for the past six months. During his last run in WWE, Orton was teaming with Matt Riddle regularly as the popular team known as RK-Bro. Their last match on television was on the May 20th edition of Smackdown when The Usos beat RK-Bro to unify the Raw & Smackdown Tag Team Titles.
Fightful Select reported recently that Orton is likely not headed back to WWE any time soon after undergoing surgery. Orton had a fusion in his lower back that is expected to keep the master of the RKO out of action for an “extended period of time.”
There are some people within WWE that told Fightful they’d be fortunate to have Orton back at all after a long career in WWE and highlighted the significance of the injury for the 42-year-old Orton, who started training to wrestle at OVW in 2000.
Speaking on Sportskeeda’s One on One, WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long thinks there are roles in WWE for Orton beyond competing in the ring:
“Well, he could become a mentor. They got a lot of young guys there, a lot of young kids that need talking to, need learning, need training. And that’s what I’m saying, a lot of young kids they got in NXT that really need the knowledge and the help.”
“So Randy would be great in that field. Helping the young kids with their matches, he’s a good promo man; he could help you with that and also, as I said, a lot with the ring work.”
Randy Orton’s WWE contract is believed to run through until 2024 although it is possible the company could freeze his deal for the amount of time he has missed due to injury should he be able to return to the ring.