A former WWE writer has weighed in on Randy Orton’s return to the company. The Viper returned to WWE during the Men’s WarGames match at Survivor Series on November 25. He helped Cody Rhodes’ team defeat The Judgment Day and then defeated Dominik Mysterio in a singles match on the following episode of RAW.
However, last Monday night will likely be The Legend Killer’s last appearance on the red brand for a while as he has decided to sign with the SmackDown brand. The Bloodline attacked Orton on the May 20, 2022 edition of SmackDown as a way to write the veteran off television due to his back injury. Now that he has returned, Orton has made it his mission to get revenge on The Bloodline, and that is why he chose to sign with the blue brand.
Former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. weighed in on Randy Orton’s return, comparing the 43-year-old to the fictional movie character Benjamin Button. Prinze Jr. mentioned that Orton looks 10 years younger than he did a year and a half ago, with a more jacked chest and an overall more impressive physique. He described Orton as a guy that someone would stop at the airport to look at.
WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long suggested that Randy Orton start a rivalry with LA Knight on SmackDown. He stated that a rivalry with Orton would benefit Knight, allowing him to learn from Orton’s experience and skill in the ring.
WWE officials have been impressed with Orton during his return, and it will be interesting to see what the promotion has planned for The Viper in the weeks ahead on SmackDown.