Originally posted by Dave MeltzerRandy Orton was injured last night in his match with Big Show. No details are available but it appears he will be out of Sunday's PPV and replaced by
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Mark Henry, who is being called back early due to depth issues.
Orton out means chances of Bryan making it to WrestleMania as champion have just gone amazingly up. Don't want count the chickens yet, but there's no way I could've thought this would happen a year ago. Didn't think it would happen five minutes ago!
Wow. Hobbled Henry, Khali, and Show will get crapped on by all the workrate whores, but these three could lead to very interesting spots where they break parts of the chamber in ways we haven't seen before.
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Originally posted by LexusWow. Hobbled Henry, Khali, and Show will get crapped on by all the workrate whores, but these three could lead to very interesting spots where they break parts of the chamber in ways we haven't seen before.
That match might be a struggle now. Khali can't walk let alone do anything. Show and Henry work hard, but Henry with one leg needs to protect himself, and even if they're gonna do cool power stuff, they need people to move around for them. Orton was going to be carrying a lot of that match, now they're down to one babyface people care about and he's not really one for selling or long matches.
It's official, from wwe.com (wwe.com) No mention of who is replacing him, whether it's Mark Henry or someone else.
Looking over the depleted Smackdown roster, they are really hard up for replacements if it's not Henry. Hell, Khali is a replacement for Henry, who could be a replacement for Orton? A lot of guys are on the DL, including Henry, mind you. Booker T would probably a hard sell to get in that Chamber. I would think this would be a perfect opportunity for someone like The Miz to jump to Smackdown, but that would either mean he wrestles in two Chambers (and loses twice), or RAW would need to scramble a replacement for Miz. Even then, this basically makes Smackdown the All-Heel Elimination Chamber + The Big Show.
Well, apparently it's a concussion injury. Has it been determined if it's a short term or long term concussion yet? I seem to recall the last time Orton had a concussion it was the week before going into one of his PPV matches with Christian last year and he was magically cleared to compete in time.
EDIT: Nevermind! Just checked WWE.com. Orton is 100% out of the show.
If Orton is indeed a scratch they could always throw Justin Gabriel in there. He's gotten the mildest of pushes lately, and he could do a few of the highspots that Rey and JoMo did in the Chamber last year.
Santino. Man. Maaaaybe Orton takes his place anyway, wins the thing, and D-Bry does the Jericho-Malenko Dusty Finish of claiming that as Orton wasn't booked in the match the win is null and void. Presto! Instant logical Orton/Sheamus/Bryan match for WrestleMania.
After Monday's Raw, where does Theodore Long go from here? Chris Harvard lost a less-than-2-minute special to Maven and Rodney Mack got SQUASHED in convincing fashion by Goldberg. This does not bode well for his uphill struggle against The Man.