In a recent episode of “Hall of Fame” podcast, renowned wrestler and commentator Booker T addressed the speculations surrounding Randy Orton’s potential retirement due to injuries. Speaking candidly, Booker T shared his insights and drew from his own experiences with injuries in the wrestling business.
Regarding Randy Orton’s recent absence from the ring, Booker T acknowledged the impact of dropping the tag team championships, stating, “Randy’s been off ever since dropping the tag team championships, RK-Bro dropping the tag team championships.” He further mentioned that while he wasn’t aware of Orton’s specific condition, Orton had always exhibited durability throughout his career, with occasional minor ailments such as shoulder issues and back problems.
Booker T stressed that injuries are commonplace in wrestling, given the physical nature of the sport. However, he differentiated between being hurt and being injured, noting that the latter presents a different challenge. Addressing the rumors of doctors advising Orton against returning to in-ring competition, Booker T shared his own encounter with a similar situation, stating, “A doctor advised me, same thing, not to return back to the ring because of neck issues from a full-time perspective.”
Understanding the difficult position that Orton may find himself in, Booker T empathized with the emotions associated with receiving such news. He highlighted the desire to seek second opinions and explore alternative options. Booker T’s heart went out to Orton, expressing hope that the rumors weren’t true and that fans would see Orton back inside the squared circle again.
Reflecting on his personal decision to step away from the ring due to neck issues, Booker T emphasized the seriousness of such conditions. He explained the potential risks associated with ignoring medical advice, which could lead to nerve damage, tingling sensations, numbness, and even paralysis. Acknowledging his own reminder of the problem following a tingling sensation in his finger after the Royal Rumble, Booker T emphasized the importance of taking health concerns seriously.
The Hall of Fame podcast with Booker T & Brad Gilmore provided these insightful comments. WrestlingNews.co deserves credit for transcribing and sharing these quotes.
While fans anxiously await further updates on Randy Orton’s situation, Booker T’s words shed light on the challenges and decisions faced by wrestlers when dealing with injuries and retirement considerations.
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