On Tuesday evening, it was reported that WWE and Randy Orton had agreed to a new contract, despite rumors that he would be headed to AEW.
Orton confirmed the news of the deal on Twitter, thus ending any speculation that he would be leaving the company that turned him into a wrestling legend. The Viper, by the way, is here to stay for a long, long time.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Orton is signed with WWE through 2024 with the new deal now. Other contract details for the 13-time World Champion aren't clear right now.
The 39-year-old signed a 10-year deal with the WWE in 2010, and it was set to expire next year. Now, WWE has Orton signed through his 44th birthday, ensuring that he stays aboard for the remainder of his prime years in the ring.
Two weeks ago, Orton hinted at a move to the rival AEW promotion on his Instagram page. He posted a photo of himself staring at a sign that read "Elite Level," tagging multiple WWE and AEW superstars in the post - including Chris Jericho, Luke Harper and Cody Rhodes.
Orton has been a main eventer in the WWE since 2004, when he became the youngest World Champion at the age of 24. The Viper still has plenty left to give, and it's going to happen right here in WWE.
Orton's Deal Is A Win For Everybody
In keeping Orton, WWE has one of its elite main eventers for the long run. It's a huge win for everybody in WWE: Orton, WWE officials, the McMahon family and of course the WWE Universe. Orton is a surefire Hall of Famer, and it's only fitting that he stays with the company that helped him grow into an all-time great.