WWE may have hit a massive impasse in their future WWE Championship storyline, as Money in the Bank briefcase winner, Randy Orton has reportedly injured his spine during a match with World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio.
The injury comes just two days after Randy Orton, won the WWE Championship Money in The Bank briefcase, in what was a epic all star match that featured such superstars as Daniel Bryan, Cm Punk, Sheamus, Rob Van Dam, and Christian.
WWE.com had this to say regarding Orton’s injury:
At Tuesday night’s SmackDown television taping, Mr. Money in the Bank Randy Orton was injured during his match against World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. According to WWE medical personnel, the nine-time World Champion suffered a cervical strain and cervical neuropraxia. Check back with WWE.com for details as they become available, and to see how it happened, tune into SmackDown on Syfy, this Friday at 8/7 CT.
It is difficult to tell if the injuries Orton sustained are factual, or just part of furthering the storyline between him and WWE Champion, John Cena. The WWE does have a history of falsifying injuries to put over superstars as underdogs coming into a main event match.
Although many fans are most likely worried about Orton’s chances of cashing in his briefcase after the injury, let’s all remember the Money in The Bank contract is redeemable for a WWE Championship match anytime within the next year, seemingly giving Orton time to recover and resume plans to cash in the contract later on in the year.
If the injury is legitimate and Orton isn’t able to recover from his injuries within the allotted year, WWE may have not only lost their chance at raising Orton to the top of the heap, but also may have lost their chance at having a reliable scapegoat to take the title from Daniel Bryan, if Bryan doesn’t pan out as a decent draw for the company.
This is not the first injury to happen this year in the WWE, Big Show, Fandango, Dolph Ziggler, Tamina Snuka, CM Punk, and Dwayne “The Rock Johnson” have all suffered injuries ranging from concussions to shoulder injuries, keeping most of the superstars out of action for at least a month or longer.