Former 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena has been out-of-action for the better part of the last five months, as he has only wrestled once since he dropped the United States Championship to the returning Alberto Del Rio back at October’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
Cena initially left WWE television to film a competition-based reality show, which kept him away from WWE until late December. Then, shortly after his WWE return, Cena found out that he had suffered a pretty significant shoulder injury that would require surgery.
In early January, Cena successfully underwent surgery at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
Following the surgery, John Cena said that “this one may take a while,” when referring to his recovery. In the past, Cena has returned from injury much sooner than expected, most notably in 2008, where he returned as the 30th entrant in the Royal Rumble match.
On Thursday, Cena gave an update on his recovery on Twitter, and he once again made it clear that he still has a long road ahead of him.
There are people within WWE who are hoping that John Cena will be able to recover in time for WrestleMania 32, and if he does, there’s a good chance that he’ll end up wrestling The Undertaker, which is a match that has been rumored to be taking place at the event for the last couple of months.
Before Cena was injured, there was some talk of him facing Roman Reigns in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at AT&T Stadium this spring, with the idea being that he’ll lose to Reigns, and embrace him as the new face of the company. Also, WWE wanted to put Reigns in the ring with Cena because they were sure that the WrestleMania crowd would hate Cena more than Reigns, thus they would cheer Reigns.
If there were plans for a John Cena vs. Roman Reigns match at WrestleMania 32, they’ve clearly been scrapped, as Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose are set to battle at WWE Fastlane in a triple-threat match, with the winner, which will presumably be Roman Reigns, getting a shot at Triple H’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32.
As of right now, there’s no obvious opponent for The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. Some have suggested that he’s going to end up doing something with the Wyatt Family, while others are hoping that he’ll end up wrestling Kevin Owens. However, according to Cageside Seats, if John Cena does return in time for WrestleMania 32, he’ll end up going one-on-one with The Undertaker.
As previously noted, Cena has been able to return from injuries a lot sooner than expected in the past, so him being able to heal up and return in time for WrestleMania 32 in April isn’t out of the question. It will be the biggest wrestling show of all-time, attendance-wise, so it’s probably safe to assume that John Cena doesn’t want to miss out on wrestling in front of 100,000 people.
While Undertaker isn’t officially being advertised for the show, there has been a rumor suggesting that he’ll make his return to WWE television on the RAW following WWE Fastlane. So, if WWE is planning on doing Undertaker vs. John Cena, then they’ll likely begin building to the match on that night.
Whether it’s John Cena or not, we’ll have a better idea of who Undertaker will be facing at WrestleMania 32 following his return to WWE television.
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