Randy Orton has been injured since last September and is still recovering from shoulder surgery. With the recent returns of John Cena and Seth Rollins in the midst of the New Era revolution, many fans are wondering if The Viper will return from injury soon as well. The most recent reports are that Orton will return sometime this summer. Will Randy Orton be at WWE Money in the Bank 2016?

Money in the Bank hasn't been especially good to Orton in the past.

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In 2012, The Miz made an unexpected return from filming a movie to add himself to a MITB Ladder Match; could Orton show up at 2016's event and turn the Match into an 8-man battle? Maybe a surprise return could help Orton turn things around at MITB.

What follows is one part in a series of Money in the Bank History articles, in which we take a look at a current or former WWE Superstar's history (such as John Cena) at MITB, and what their past experiences might tell us about that same (or a similar) competitor at WWE MITB 2016 on June 19.

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MITB ladder matches

Randy Orton has competed in four MITB Ladder Matches as well as the Ladder Match at WWE Money in the Bank 2014 for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The Viper came up short in every attempt except for one, when he won the All Star MITB Ladder Match in 2013. He would go on to cash the contract in during SummerSlam 2013 right after Daniel Bryan had defeated John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

He lost in 2007 at WrestleMania 23 (won by Mr. Kennedy) and again at MITB 2010 (won by The Miz, who would go on to successfully cash in on Randy Orton several months later). John Cena won the Ladder Match for the vacated title in 2014, and Sheamus won last year's match.

Other MITB matches

Only once has Orton competed at the Money in the Bank event in a match that didn't involve ladders. And while it may have involved the World Heavyweight Championship, it didn't end well for the man who can hit the "RKO outta nowhere."

In 2011, Randy Orton went into MITB as the World Heavyweight Champion.

Christian was the challenger, and the stipulation was that if The Viper was disqualified, he would forfeit the title. After Christian spit in Orton's face, Randy kicked the challenger in the crotch, resulting in a disqualification and Orton dropping the title to Christian.

Worthy competition

In his five MITB-related ladder matches, Orton has faced a number of future (and a few current) WWE Hall of Fame inductees: John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Booker T, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, both Hardy brothers, The Miz, Rob Van Dam, Roman Reigns, and Kane. 

It may be more impressive when you realize that the weakest opposition he's had at MITB would likely be Neville, Evan Bourne or Ted DiBiase.

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Most memorable MITB moment

While Orton managed to hit a few epic RKOs in his MITB Ladder Matches, none of them compared to the round of RKOs he delivered consecutively at WrestleMania 23.

While it didn't happen at Money in the Bank, Randy Orton cashing in his MITB contract at SummerSlam 2013 ruined one of the most feel-good moments in modern WWE history when he took the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Daniel Bryan (with a little help from Triple H) right after an epic win over John Cena. 

Randy Orton at 'WWE Money in the Bank 2016'?

Between now and Money in the Bank 2016, there are two episodes of WWE SmackDown and two episodes of WWE Monday Night RAW. It's possible that Orton could make a return at any of those four events, booking himself a match at this year's MITB. After all, there's still an open spot in the 2016 Money in the Bank Ladder Match. 

If Orton does return in time for the event, like The Miz in 2012, he likely won't have a big impact. Putting his name on the card would indeed help create a little buzz, and help the build towards the impending New Era vs. Establishment feud. Whether or not Randy Orton will be at Money in the Bank, only time will tell.

WWE Money in the Bank 2016 airs live on the WWE Network on June 19.

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