Over the last six to eight months, WWE has lost a number of big-time talent due to injuries, and it has certainly hurt the roster and card for WrestleMania 32. Many of the superstars who have been out with injury are main event stars, but now it looks like the return dates or timeframe for two of them is now known. Randy Orton is actually on pace to be back very soon, but unfortunately, it looks like John Cena will be out for a lot longer than expected.
Randy Orton has been out of action since September of last year, when a shoulder injury simply got to be too much for him to take. He went on the shelf, and it was known he would miss WrestleMania, but no one quite knew when he would be back.
Well, it appears to now be known.
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The main event star known as "The Viper" won't be back in time for the big pay-per-view, but he will be back shortly after that.
What Culture reported that after Orton went out with the shoulder injury, a number of rumors started floating around. There was some talk of him needing to have neck surgery and even having to retire from wrestling totally, but he squashed all that talk.
"I see many of you think I need neck surgery. I heard weeks ago that [Dave] Meltzer stated it as a fact. I don't keep up with gossip, so I didn't think anything of it."
No one really expected him to be back in time for WrestleMania 32, but no one expected him to be back shortly afterward either. WWE really needs another main event talent back in the spotlight right now, and Randy Orton would do just that.
Unfortunately, the news isn't as good for another top star in WWE - John Cena.
The Wrestling Observer is now stating that John Cena's shoulder surgery from the end of January is going to keep him out much longer than expected.
Rumors were flying around in February that he was going to try desperately to be back by WrestleMania 32. Many thought that would be impossible, and at the beginning of March, it was proven to not be possible. He may still show up, but he won't be wrestling.
Word going around now is that Cena is not expected to return to in-ring action for WWE until sometime in July. If that proves to be true, he won't just miss WrestleMania but also Payback, Extreme Rules, and the Money in the Bank pay-per-view events.
A July return could give him enough time to start a program/feud, which could lead to a match at Battleground on July 24.
Throughout his time out, Cena has kept fans updated on his rehab and let them follow along with his workouts and progress. He may be doing well and doing things in his workouts that seem inhuman for someone who just had surgery in January, but it doesn't mean he's ready for full-on contact in a wrestling ring.
People can advise you what "they" think is best. This above all: to thine own self be true. pic.twitter.com/dpWi9yxMB5
— John Cena (@JohnCena) March 1, 2016
This is just one of the examples of strength and progress that Cena has shown.
WWE pretty much knows what is going to happen at WrestleMania 32, and those plans are likely 95 percent set in stone. The return of a top superstar would have needed to be known weeks ago to be added into the event. Randy Orton's return from injury is coming shortly after the big PPV, but John Cena's injury will keep him on the shelf for at least a few more months.
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