WWE had originally hoped that Randy Orton would be cleared to return to the ring in time for Backlash. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that if he would have been cleared, they likely never would have announced the news of his concussion.
While Orton has been in the mix on TV and downplaying his injury, he hasn’t done much physically since SummerSlam. Orton didn’t take much offense during his tag match at a house show on Monday where his partner, John cena, carried most of the match. Some sources say that Orton even taking the bump of an RKO could be hurtful to his brain while suffering from a concussion.
Kane ended up replacing Orton and defeating Bray Wyatt at Backlash. Kane was reportedly always the back-up plan if Orton didn’t get cleared.