As previously reported, Randy Orton was given the week off from WWE programming and weekend Live Events because of the birth of his daughter.
The promo that aired on Tuesday’s SmackDown Live was recorded at Survivor Series because they knew he would not be at SmackDown this week. This is also the reason why Bray Wyatt and Orton didn’t compete in the tag-team turmoil match to earn a shot at the tag titles.
Orton and Wyatt are scheduled to face the American Alpha on next week’s SmackDown Live episode. It’s rumored that Orton and Wyatt will defeat American Alpha and move on to face Heath Slater and Rhyno at the TLC event.