Shortly after John Cena returned to WWE television, it was revealed that he was suffering from a pretty significant shoulder injury and that he would need surgery. WWE isn’t expecting that Cena will be back in time for WrestleMania 32, but, in the past, Cena has frequently returned from injury a lot sooner than expected.
Back in 2007, Cena suffered a significant injury, and he wasn’t expected to be back until after WrestleMania 24 in the spring of 2008. However, Cena ended up returning to action several months prior, as he was the 30th entrant in the 2008 Royal Rumble. So, in the eyes of many, John Cena has mutant healing powers.
While many are expecting Cena to heal, and return from injury sooner than WWE’s medical staff expects him to, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, as Cena posted an update on his status, saying that he would be out of action for quite a while.
“Day 6 post operation. Movement is very good but because a giant chunk of cartilage was missing, this one may take a bit.”
Cena recently underwent a successful shoulder operation, which was performed by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas at the Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Dugas told WWE that the operation took nearly an hour, and revealed that the cartilage in Cena’s shoulder was deteriorating.
“He had a complete tear of a small portion of the rear rotator cuff tendon, the infraspinatus — toward the top-back of his shoulder — which I repaired. Also, there was a large piece of loose tissue in his shoulder that needed to be removed.”
“The first hurdle is getting the cuts to heal and getting cartilage to form over the defect. After that, we’ll get back to function.”
As previously mentioned, WWE is expecting that Cena will end up missing WrestleMania 32, however, it’s likely that Cena is working extra hard to ensure that he doesn’t miss the event, especially since it’s going to be the biggest wrestling show off all-time.
Originally, Cena was scheduled to go one-on-one with Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in Dallas this spring. It was going to be the match where Cena would lose to Reigns, and endorse him as the new face of World Wrestling Entertainment.
The biggest reason why WWE was wanting to put Cena in the ring with Reigns at WrestleMania 32 is that they wanted to ensure that Reigns wouldn’t get booed at the event, and they figured that the only person that the WrestleMania crowd would hate more than Reigns would be Cena, thus they’d end up cheering for Reigns at the event.
After Cena’s injury became public knowledge, he was the subject of some criticism, as Dave Metlzer of the Wrestling Observer pointed to Cena’s training style, which involves heavy weight lifting, as one of the causes of the fifteen time WWE World Heavyweight Champ’s injury.
Cena, who’s 38, is a body building fanatic, and has been lifting heavy for his entire adult life. But it appears that, at this point in his life and career, he may need to make some adjustments to the way he trains to ensure that the final years of his in-ring career aren’t filled with major injuries.
If Cena’s recovery stays on-schedule, then he should be back in the ring towards the middle of this year, if not a bit sooner. Some wrestling fans have joked, saying that they wouldn’t be surprised to see him at the Royal Rumble on January 24
While Cena won’t be appearing at the Royal Rumble, there’s a small chance that he’ll be ready to go by the time WrestleMania 32 rolls around in April. So, don’t be surprised if you see him in the ring on WWE’s grandest stage this coming spring.
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