WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus and Randy Orton had been rumored to return to the company. WWE Hall Of Famer Lita made her return during a previous episode of Monday Night RAW, assisting Becky Lynch in defeating Bayley. Reports stated that Stratus would return the following week and set up a match at Elimination Chamber featuring Damage CTRL.
However, Stratus has not been featured on the show. According to Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was reported that WWE is planning to revisit scrapped plans for her return before WrestleMania 39.
“Trish Stratus was at one point scheduled for Raw on 2/13 at the Barclays Center, but it was canceled. The reports were it was due to Kai’s injury.
On paper it sounds like they were trying to build Lynch & Lita & Stratus vs. Damage Ctrl. We were told that the Stratus angle isn’t dead and that the match wasn’t scheduled for Elimination Chamber.
Kai & Sky defending the women’s tag titles against Rousey & Baszler is still on for Mania. Whether that means Damage Ctrl would work twice over Mania or something completely different isn’t known at this point, only that there was a planned angle for this past week to bring Stratus back that was canceled and is still expected to be revisited at some point.”
Meanwhile, Orton, who has been sidelined with back injury was rumored to return soon. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted this story about the bootmaker, and Orton is also in fantastic shape ahead of a possible return to the ring:
“There is a story going around that Orton has contacted his boot maker for new wrestling boots, which means he’s looking at returning. As noted last week, in photos, he physically looked like he had been training heavily.”
We will have to wait and see if the stars appear in the coming weeks.