Ever since his run with Evolution, Randy Orton has become one of the biggest superstars in World Wrestling Entertainment. Since essentially being handpicked by Triple H and Ric Flair to be part of the legendary group, Orton has gone on to have a Hall of Fame type career, including winning the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, Intercontinental Championship, World Tag Team Championship and the 2009 Royal Rumble. He has main evented WrestleMania and has taken part in some of the most intriguing feuds in WWE during the past 10 years, including memorable feuds with Mick Foley and CM Punk.
Through all the success he has seen in his career, he has seen equal amounts of failure. In Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator, his storied past with drugs and alcohol are well documented, but the feeling I got after watching the movie was that he was a different man now. Well, if that were the case before, it isn't anymore. For the third time in his WWE tenure, Orton has been suspended. On May 30, WWE announced his suspension on their corporate website.
"In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Randy Orton for 60 days effective today for his second violation of the company's policy."
Orton is the second main event superstar to be suspended in 2012, joining another former world champion, Rey Mysterio. The news of his suspension is a troubling one for me as a fan. The WWE product has been saturated with too many comedic stunts that have failed to deliver laughs in recent months and the loss of Orton for two months will only hurt the product more. Add in the recent suspension of Chris Jericho for allegedly defaming the Brazilian flag at a live event last week and the WWE will be forced to rely more on untested superstars in the immediate future.
For Orton, hopefully this was a one-time slip up and he will be able to return to the man who enjoys being around his family. His DVD really gave fans an inside look at how his family handled his checkered past and it would be a shame to see it happen again.
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of professional wrestling since watching SummerSlam 1992 with his father and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.