Many have even said that his 10 year contract is a point of contention, as there's a third violation looming, any extended title push for Randy is in jeopardy of being cut short if he tests positive. But herein lies the rub: the WWE isn't in a state where they can lose marquee talent. Look at the lack of depth, then look at what Orton brings to the table. He's relatively young (early 30s), extremely talented and has put in time honing his wrestling persona. As reluctant as the WWE can be to put him in that role, they've got no choice.
Chris Jericho's due back, as is Rey Mysterio. Both have obvious limitations in terms of age and injury. John Cena can go, but he is a company man who will work hurt. Sheamus can't carry a brand, and the WWE still doesn't believe guys like CM Punk or Daniel Bryan can be the face of the federation. We recently heard talk that Alberto Del Rio doesn't really NEED the money, so he has no problem leaving the WWE and being a bigger star in Mexico, and the talent that's been untapped by Creative also has been buried, which makes it hard for the fans to believe it when a new(er) face gets a push. Then you have to worry about Creative botching the push when it's time to let it fly.
Orton's due back to active competition at the end of July. In the interim, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan will be doing Smackdown house shows and TV. Orton will be back in the spotlight because the WWE cannot afford to keep him on a leash. It's a sticky situation, but the WWE hasn't even begun to take the proper precaution(s) to bolster their roster or force their Superstars to stop juicing. Time will tell if they get pushed hard enough to finally break down and consider their future. I feel like a broken record when it comes to that issue, though. For anything else I've missed in this drop, please check out this week's blackrasslin podcast. Full recap of the No Way Out PPV, Raw and a grip of news. See you next week!