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REPORT: WWE tried to cover up Randy Orton's concussion

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When the news broke last weekend about Randy Orton being pulled from Backlash due to the concussion suffered at SummerSlam, we reported that it was something WWE was attempting to keep quiet and there was hope that he would be cleared in time by last weekend's PPV. Dave Meltzer confirmed this in the latest Wrestling Observer newsletter. Orton, likely to protect the company, has been downplaying his injuries, and he hasn't done much physically since SummerSlam. He did wrestle at a house show on Monday night but his tag team partner (John Cena) did most of the work and Orton came in at the end to hit a RKO.

Meltzer reports that Kane was the back up plan for some time which is baffling because they were building up Orton on Smackdown during the weeks leading up to last weekend's PPV and they did not give any indication to the fans that Orton could be off the show.

Bret Hart's career ended after taking a stiff kick from Bill Goldberg in WCW. He continued to wrestle but quickly began to realize that something was not right and a concussion is what led to his retirement. There are questions regarding letting Orton do anything, even an RKO if he is recovering from a concussion. Hart told Meltzer, "Absolutely, he shouldn’t take any falls. The impact of any bump will pose problems. The brain is usually swollen and can’t be banged about."

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Orton is listed for this weekend's house shows.