WWE: Officials Want Randy Orton Fired!
Posted on June 5th, 2012 by Cassidy
After being suspended for 60 days last Wednesday for his second violation of the WWE Wellness Policy, SuperLuchas.net is reporting that Randy Orton was called to a meeting on Friday at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, CT with WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, Executive Vice President of Talent & Live Events Paul “Triple H” Levesque, and Executive Vice President of TV Production Kevin Dunn. The meeting was called to discuss the nine-time World Champion’s future with the WWE.
A source within the WWE described the meeting as “hostile” with a decision to be made about Orton’s future. It’s also being reported that several officials are wanting to see Randy Orton released from his contract as a cost-cutting measure, seeing this as the perfect opportunity to start making talent cuts. Those same officials feel that Orton’s lucrative ten-year contract that was signed in January 2010 can no longer be justified if Orton is brought back to a mid-card position on the roster. With “The Viper” just one Wellness violation away from termination, it puts the WWE in a tough spot if they decide to put Orton back in a main event role (an issue the WWE has ran into in the past, most notably with Jeff Hardy).
A big factor working against Orton is that Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon is infuriated with the third-generation star as Vince thought that Orton had matured over recent years, believing that Orton’s days of steroid use were behind him. As previously reported, Orton’s 60-day suspension stems from testing positive for the anabolic steroid, Dianabol, with Orton also being fined $2,500 for a separate drug test failure for marijuana use.
This suspension ensures that Orton will not be a part of No Way Out (June 17) or Money-in-the-Bank (July 15) as his 60-day suspension will stretch to July 28, which also means that Orton will not be a part of the huge three-hour 1,000th episode of RAW celebration in Orton’s hometown of St. Louis on July 23.
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