Originally written on Wrestlechat.net  |  Last updated 12/14/14
So many fans have wondered why the WWE was giving Randy Orton such a huge push recently with there being two Wellness Policy violations against him.  Surely the WWE wouldn’t invest this much time and money into a guy who was just one mistake away from losing his job, right? Maybe not. An interesting tidbit appeared this morning in Eric Gargiulo’s Camel Clutch Blog review of TLC.  In his story, he said the following: The rebuilding of Randy Orton may be the WWE story of the year. Orton had been in the dog house for a longtime and become just another guy in recent years. Fear of Orton getting cut with another Wellness Policy violation prohibited a large investment in their A-plus player. What happened? Back in November the WWE instituted a big change to their Wellness Policy program. The biggest change was the implementation of the Violation Redemption Program. What that means is that instead of a third strike ending employment with the WWE, the talent now can enter the 18 month Redemption Program. In other words, Randy Orton’s job is safe with another strike. After a little bit of research, I stumbled upon a Bleacher Report article by David Bixenspan from last month.  In it, he mentions that the WWE has made multiple revisions to the Wellness Policy.  Aside from the change that Superstars can now apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (most commonly referred to as a TUE) which gives them permission to undergo a procedure that adds testosterone into the body, the WWE also implemented the Violation Redemption Program.  The program allows for a Superstar with two-strikes to undergo an 18-month program with the reward being the removal of a strike or strikes.  The following is an excerpt from Bixenspan’s article which shows exactly what’s entailed in the Redemption Program: There are four requirements to the Redemption Program, which I will try my best to translate into plain English: The talent is assessed by the Medical Director (or an addiction specialist recommended by the Medical director), who will analyze/identify the talent’s issues, develop a treatment plan and determine the talent’s entry date into the program. The talent must comply with the treatment plan made by the Medical Director (or recommended addiction specialist) for the length of the program, which is 18 months.  The policy mentions “treatments, therapies and support programs,” so the treatment plan could theoretically include requirements ranging from medications used to combat addiction (like opiate-blocking drugs or anti-alcohol drugs) to seeing a therapist to regularly attending 12-step program meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous. Talent must undergo the same “unannounced follow-up testing” that was already required of talent with two strikes; except it’s for the 18 month duration of the Redemption Program instead of the 12 month period for those who don’t try to enter the program. Talent cannot violate the substance abuse policy while involved in the redemption program, which should be obvious. If the talent successfully completes the 18 month program, (s)he can request that the Program Administrator, with the Medical Director’s approval, remove one of his/her two strikes. In other words, Randy Orton went from two-strikes to just one.  His job is 100% safe and this now explains why the WWE has pushed him to the moon as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion with confidence.
PLAYERS: Randy Orton

Take your pick: Colin Kaepernick or Derek Carr

Report: Bears to bench Jay Cutler, start Jimmy Clausen

Jim Harbaugh to Michigan speculation building

Heat lose a key player with McRoberts out for rest of season

Belichick: Ryan is 'buttering me up' with Hall of Fame praise

Marshall: Bears need to gel and do some kumbaya


Ray McDonald investigated for possible sexual assault

Red Sox appear content with rotation despite lack of true ace

Iguodala gets technical for mocking Conley travel

Bo Pelini takes shot at Nebraska during introductory presser

Belichick: Patriots need to play better against the Jets

Rex Ryan doesn't want to get in trouble talking about Revis

12 coaching candidates to replace Paul Chryst at Pittsburgh

Brad Halsey claimed he was on cocaine for Bonds record HR

Wade Miley confident in health, diet after trade from D-Backs

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson lead in 2014 athlete Google searches

Molding the market: All eyes on Max Scherzer

Another "Fire John Idzik' plane flies at Jets practice

Four can't-miss match-ups in NFL's Week 16

Report: Some Browns shunned Manziel during pregame

Making an attempt to understand Celtics' priorities

Gronk makes awkward sausage joke on 'Top Chef'

Walmart ripped for confusing Anthony/Lin doll

WWE News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Four can't-miss match-ups in NFL's Week 16

RG3 quits social media for season

Each NFL division’s MVP

5 NFLers who must step up in Week 16

Most impressive college hoops teams

Five reasons why FSU is going to win the CFB Playoff

Boxer admits to dive in Rourke bout

FCC heard about Brady's swearing?

Embracing the hate of the Eagles-Cowboys Rivalry

DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles

Andrew Hawkins defends shirt

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.