When Randy Orton skipped WWE's European tour, it looked like the 13-time World Champion was exercising his veteran privilege. However, Orton reportedly had knee surgery and could be out until SummerSlam.
WrestlingNews.co reports the 38-year old had a minor operation on his knee last Tuesday. Per their story, Orton won't miss more than a couple of months with one source claiming he'll be back by July. It is believed Orton will be back in time by SummerSlam.
Orton's wife posted a video earlier this week where The Vipers left knee is clearly bandaged.
We haven't seen The Viper since his May 6 appearance at Backlash. His loss to Jeff Hardy for the US Championship now seems all the more logical as he was likely set to take time away due to the surgery.
WWE confirmed later Friday afternoon that Orton has indeed undergone a procedure for a meniscus tear. Here's their official statement:
Randy Orton undergoes successful knee surgery
Randy Orton has undergone successful surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee, WWE.com can confirm.
"I've known I needed the surgery since late last year, but I've been waiting for the right time to get my knee cleaned out," Orton told WWE.com. "Right now was the right time."
The Viper is currently recovering at home with his family, but says he is "staying motivated to come back and dominate the blue brand."
Stay with WWE.com as more details on Orton's condition become available.