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WWE's Randy Orton Reveals He Had COVID-19 Last Year

Seven weeks on the shelf

Randy Orton missed several weeks of WWE TV in the summer of 2021, eventually returning for SummerSlam when he and Riddle defeated AJ Styles and Omos to win the Raw Tag Team Championship.

While Orton's absence wasn't explained at the time, The Viper revealed on The Ringer Wrestling Show he was out of action with a bad bout of COVID-19. 

"In June, I got COVID. I missed seven weeks of TV because my blood inflammation levels were so high that they were worried that it was going to turn into a mild cardease or echo cardease or something with the heart. I lost 20 pounds during COVID. I had it so bad. I was stick skinny, stick thin," Orton said.

"I had a chance to rebuild. I'm either going to do it this way or I'm going to do it that way. I cut the alcohol. I cut the sugar. I started training a little harder. I started seeing another physical therapist for some issues with my shoulder and my back because we're always staying up on those injuries. Here we are six months later and I think I'm feeling the best that I've felt physically since I can remember to be honest with you."

Orton also discussed his WWE feud with Bray Wyatt on the show, admitting he found the programme "hard."

H/T to WrestlingNews.co

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