Randy Orton made his return to WWE TV this past month at Survivor Series: WarGames 2023, where he joined Team Cody Rhodes to defeat The Judgment Day in the Men’s WarGames match.
Fightful Select has shared an update on the current WWE contract of Randy Orton following his recent in-ring return after 18 months of injury layoff.
According to the report, a WWE higher-up noted that they “would be surprised” if Orton’s existing contract wasn’t extended or added additional time due to his time away from the ring.
In 2019, Orton had reportedly signed a new, five-year contract with WWE. While that would put Fall 2024 as the expiry date, that period would be extended if WWE adds on more “injury time” due to the lengthy period Orton missed due to his injury.
If WWE adds an extra 18 months to Orton’s current contract, that would likely extend his deal to somewhere in 2026.
While one WWE higher-up stated that it’s likely to happen, nothing has been confirmed yet. This is because injured wrestlers don’t always have time added to their contracts as they work in other roles or other WWE-related projects during their layoffs.
However, that’s not the case with Orton as he was completely away from all WWE-related activities during his injury layoff. The report notes that his 18-month period would be evaluated.
Orton officially signed with SmackDown this past Friday and defeated Dominik Mysterio in a singles contest.