SmackDown results: Cesaro def. Sheamus by Count-out, thanks to the strategic ruthlessness of Big Show

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December 14, 2012

Randy Orton suffered a shoulder assault at the hands of The Shield

The rogue trio — made up of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns — delivered a vicious surprise assault on Randy Orton on SmackDown, leaving the nine-time World Champion lying on a broken table in the backstage area.

After examination by WWE medical staff, Matt Striker reported Orton has separated his shoulder, it was literally hanging out of the socket and needed to be popped back in. There was also concern Orton may have suffered a concussion, which would require further evaluation.

An additional update was provided during the SmackDown main event between Sheamus and Antonio Cesaro. Josh Mathews explained Orton had been taken to a local medical facility, he did not have a concussion and that he may be able to compete.