WWE had been advertising Randy Orton vs. Braun Strowman, which would’ve been the first-ever singles match between them, for Monday’s Raw, but that didn’t happen and it was all due to a decision made by Vince McMahon.
Instead, Orton worked a singles match with Matt Riddle on the show.
Bryan Alvarez noted on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio that Orton suffered some sort of a shoulder injury during the match.
“I don’t know the extent of what happened, but Randy Orton hurt his shoulder. He was fighting out of the corner and Riddle went to give him an exploder and Randy of course didn’t take an exploder.
He blocked it and he pulled back and did this very dramatic punch and he punched him and then from that point forward he could no longer use his right arm. He was throwing forearms with his left arm, which looked horrible. They still did manage to do a top rope superplex…it was like that one day when he punched the mat and his shoulder went out.”
Riddle went over in the match. Meltzer pointed out how in fact it was a middle rope suplex, not a top rope spot. Orton did continue through the match, but it’s unknown whether the injury is serious or not.