World Wrestling Entertainment superstar and former heavyweight champion “The Viper” Randy Orton has returned to the organization following a nine-month hiatus due to a shoulder injury he suffered last year in Chicago.
He took to the ring recently on WWE Live, and on national television, grabbed the opportunity to throw some serious shade at Brock Lesnar, whom he is scheduled to face at SummerSlam which takes place Sunday, August 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“It only takes one RKO to get to Viperville,” Orton said, with mic in hand. “…no enhancement needed,” drawing a smirk from Chris Jericho, who was in the ring with Orton.
It was a subtle jab but one that hits Lesnar right in the feels.
“Something tells me you’re gonna pay for that little comment Randy,” replied Jericho.
Lesnar of course, just finished his recent one-fight UFC 200 stint against the Super Samoan Mark Hunt, winning by unanimous decision but was later tagged for traces of hydroxy-clomiphene — a USADA banned substance.
Suffice to say, Hunt was definitely not pleased.
With Lesnar’s A-sample testing positive, it was up to the B-sample to prove his innocence, however that too came back positive and lit Hunt up like a firecracker.
Lesnar is currently facing sanctions from USADA, and could face fines as well as a suspension although no punishment has been decided as of the moment.
Hydroxy-clomiphene is a known estrogen blocker, which is used to stimulate natural testosterone production after coming off of anabolic steroids to mask the effects. Lesnar has denied voluntary use of the drug, releasing a statement to the Associated Press last week saying, “We’ll get to the bottom of this.”
The last time Lesnar and Orton faced each other in the ring was in September of 2002, when both athletes were still relatively new to the game. Lesnar was victorious in their first encounter.