Having just returned after a two-month break from the WWE, John Cena has reportedly suffered a significant shoulder injury that will require immediate surgery, thus making him unavailable to work Wrestlemania 32, according to PWInsider (viaCageside Seats).
Cena took to Twitter to confirm the news himself.
Rather upside down start to 2016 as tomorrow I will head to Birmingham for shoulder surgery. Life’s full of set backs but #nevergiveup
— John Cena (@JohnCena) January 7, 2016
With the surgery scheduled for tomorrow, Cena will possibly not be seen on WWE television for an extended period of time. The report speculates that Cena suffered a torn rotator cuff, which typically carries a three-to-six month recovery period, per WebMD.
Cena, 38, was surprisingly not used on RAW this past Monday — and had limited involvement at Tuesday’s SmackDown tapings — raising questions about his status. The former 15-time WWE World Heavyweight champion returned on the December 28, 2015, edition of RAW to challenge Alberto Del Rio for the WWE United States Championship, winning the bout via disqualification.
After losing the title to Del Rio at Hell in a Cell in October, Cena left the WWE to film a reality series called American Grit, per the Washington Post. In addition to the reality series, Cena was also in the blockbuster comedy Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
With films such as Sisters and Trainwreck on his resume, there was talk of Cena potentially toning down his wrestling schedule to focus on acting. But during an interview over the Summer with MTV UK (via Wrestlezone), Cena established that he will not be leaving the WWE anytime soon to pursue a full-time acting career.
“My life is with WWE. And at 38 years old I tell everybody I feel as strong and as good as ever. I think you can check out Monday Night Raw and watch any US Open challenge and my actions speak for themselves. When opportunities like this come up, I’m going to do it for the same reason that Dwayne [Johnson] has done what he’s done.”
If Cena’s recovery requires the maximum six months, he could be out of action until late Spring. However, Cena has become notorious for returning from major surgery ahead of schedule.
After tearing a pectoral muscle in early October of 2007, Cena returned just a few months later to win the 2008 Royal Rumble. It was a remarkable recovery as Cena was initially expected to miss anywhere from seven months to a year of in-ring time. Later on in 2008, Cena suffered a broken neck in a match against Batista at SummerSlam, only to return a few months later.
More recently, Cena suffered a torn triceps in 2013 and underwent surgery after losing his WWE Championship to Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam. Once again, Cena returned just a few months later after initially being given a prognosis of a four-to-six month recovery.
However, this time, Cena’s injury occurred far too close to Wrestlemania, giving him little-to-no time for a proper recovery.
The Inquisitr has previously reported the rumors of Cena’s potential opponent at Wrestlemania 32 being The Undertaker. There were also some rumors about Cena potentially wrestling Roman Reigns at the event. With the injury, those plans are likely no longer on the table and Cena will not wrestle at a Wrestlemania for the first time since 2003.
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