On this week’s episode of WWE RAW, Randy Orton turned his back on his longtime mentor Ric Flair. The Viper punted Ric Flair and now is heading into his match against Drew McIntyre at WWE SummerSlam.
WWE SummerSlam could have a twist waiting
While the separation between Flair and Orton seemed final, Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer speculated there might be a swerve waiting at WWE SummerSlam.
“Why would Randy turn on Ric Flair now, as opposed to after the match with Drew McIntyre? If Drew McIntyre is going to win, Randy Orton turning on Ric Flair the next day is the best way to get his heat back and he can blame Ric Flair. There’s a million things you can do. I think Randy Orton is beating Drew McIntyre. If Randy Orton is beating Drew McIntyre, look at how hard they have pushed Drew McIntyre. I think the only way that Randy wins is with help. I think that this is a swerve and that Ric Flair is going to come out at SummerSlam and he is going to help Randy Orton win the 14th World Title and they will have been in cahoots and they’re on their way to this gold that they talked about.”
On WWE RAW, the moment when Randy Orton kicked Ric Flair, the lights went out. RETRIBUTION’s involvement during WWE RAW saw speculation that the flickering lights were their work. However, now, it appears, this might not be the case.
While nothing is confirmed, Bryan Alvarez’s speculation could be correct and Randy Orton never connected his foot with Flair’s head. When Randy Orton punted Christian weeks ago, the television broadcasted the kick.
The future is unpredictable, and for now, this is a rumor. There are rumors that WWE is considering a title change at SummerSlam. If this does happen, Ric Flair’s involvement could help protect Drew McIntyre if he loses, and help Randy Orton become the WWE Champion.