2012 has been a topsy turvey year for WWE and many top wrestlers have found their way on the shelf for various reasons, whether it be for injuries, wellness, or flag stomping in Brazil. We can add another name to the list that being one of the top superstars on Smackdown in the past year. The man who just recently celebrated ten years on Smackdown, Randy Orton, has been suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Which would explain why he was not on the Smackdown tapings this week.
Officially speaking, this is Randy Orton's second strike with the WWE Wellness Policy since 2006, where Orton was suspended. Given the policy for WWE and their drug testing, Randy Orton had been suspended for the next sixty days. Which shelves both halves of the planned No Way Out match between Randy Orton and Chris Jericho, given that Jericho has been done.
In 2012, Randy Orton has had a rather tough year. He was shelved a couple of times with injuries. It was long since rumored that Randy Orton was going to regain the World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania 28. If that is the case, Orton fell out of favor, in favor of WWE's new top line babyface, Sheamus. Orton suffered both a herniated disc in the early part of the year and later a concussion that benched him for several weeks.
Also Randy Orton was scheduled by be in Marine 3, but his checkered past in the Military, put a stop to that. Adding the sixty day Wellness Policy suspension and 2012 has not been a banner year for one Randall Keith Orton.
While it is unreported at this time what Randy Orton was suspended for, we do know that this is his second recorded violation. As a result, Orton will be suspended for the next sixty days based on the WWE Wellness Policy.