Websites report current WWE on air personality also has Hep C
From Wrestling Inside Pulse:
As reported earlier, “Cowboy” Bob Orton was released today by WWE. He had not been seen on WWE TV since the Randy Orton/Undertaker feud ended following the Hell in a Cell match late last year.
Both the Wrestling Observer and Pro Wrestling Torch newsletters have reported that there has been heat on Orton, which led to him being taken off the road, whereas initial plans were for Randy to win the World Title and have along reign with his father always helping him squeak out victories. The heat is a result of a situation that angered The Undertaker, although reports recently have stated that Taker had since calmed down.
The backstory is this: 35 years ago as a teenager, Bob was tested positive for hepatitis, a disease that can cause severe liver damage among other things. Since he hadn’t had any symptoms of the disease, or even thought about it much since, the newsletter reports suggest that he was surprised when he recently tested positive by WWE doctors. Johnny Ace knew about the test results, but hadn’t told The Undertaker, who was in the midst of a feud (that often got bloody; hepatitis can spread through the blood) with the Ortons. However, the WWE doctor who tested Orton was close with Taker, told him, and Taker was angry. As it turns out, the doctors had told Orton it was nothing to worry about, although today’s news of Bob’s release could very well have been related to the health situation.
According to Bob Orton Jr.’s Wikipedia page:
“Orton was also diagnosed with Hepatitis C as a teenager. During Randy Orton’s Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker at Armageddon 2005, Orton was cut open at the hands the Undertaker, though the Undertaker did not become infected with the Hepatitis C Virus. Orton reportedly told WWE booker Johnny Ace (Aka John Laurinatis) that he had Hepatitis C,but Ace still ordered the beating to take place despite knowing that there was a chance The Undertaker would become infected with the Hepatitis C virus.”
It has also been reported on many wrestling websites that current WWE Smackdown Commissioner Theodore Long has Hep C. Long’s current role only sometimes requires him to be in physical situations but he has wrestled in actual matches in the past such as the one below: