During an appearance on The Ringer Wrestling Show, Randy Orton talked about his absence from WWE during the early Summer of 2021. Orton revealed that he had gotten 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. 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.” (quotes courtesy of WrestlingNews.co)
Orton wrestled John Morrison on the June 21st 2021 edition of WWE RAW and did not wrestle against until the August 9th RAW.