At one point the plan was to send Randy Orton to ECW to replace the star power the brand would lose when RVD. Plus, it would serve as punishment for Orton. Dusty Rhodes pushed hard to get him in ECW because he liked Bob Orton and he thinks he can give Orton direction. A few days later, it was just as likely he’d stay put, but now with the Undertaker going down due to an injury, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he moved to Smackdown.
There are a lot of people worried about him, and the belief is that he’s one more escapade away from being given the “Kurt Angle ultimatum.” Orton had to pay for all the damage he caused at the German hotel room, which was in excess of $30,000.
Management considers the company very weak when it comes to star depth. Orton is considered to be a major star, and that was a factor in him not being suspended or fired.