John Cena side-lined!
Former US Champion and face of the WWE for more than a decade, John Cena, has been shelved with another injury less than two weeks since his return to wrestling.
Cena himself broke the news on January 6th, 2016. He Tweeted that he would be going in for shoulder surgery on Thursday.
WWE.com reported that Cena underwent surgery on Thursday, January 7th. The procedure was performed by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Dugas told WWE.com, “[Cena] had a complete tear of a small portion of the rear rotator cuff tendon … Also, there was a large piece of loose tissue in his shoulder that needed to be removed.”
Cena took time off from the ring to film a new reality show entitled American Grit. He returned to challenge Alberto Del Rio for his United States Championship on Monday Night Raw, December 28th.
Although it is unclear when exactly the injury took place, and no clear prognosis has been made on how long the recovery period will be.
“The first hurdle,” Dr. Dugas stated, “is getting the cuts to heal and getting cartilage to form over the defect. After that, we’ll get back to function.”
Shoulder injuries have been the bane of many a wrestler’s career in the last year. Jey Uso, Hideo Itami, Sami Zayn, Randy Orton and Cesaro have all been shelved because of new or recurring shoulder issues.
John Cena has an impressive history of repairing himself in record time when injury has occurred. During Chris Jericho’s podcast in 2015, Cena attributed his ability to recover to his determined attitude.
Regardless of what kind of miracle WWE’s resident superman can pull off with this newest shoulder injury, it appears that like many of his shelved brethren he too will be missing out on the biggest event of 2016, WrestleMania 32 in Texas.
This, like WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins’ knee injury, will no doubt upset big plans for the upcoming blockbuster pay-per-view card and the entire Road to WrestleMania.
Cena was slated to headline an upcoming ground-breaking tour of India on January 16th and 17th. Sean Rueter of Cageside Seats reports that with news of Cena’s injury, Roman Reigns has been charged with filling the role.
While becoming no doubt a boost for the career of Roman Reigns and other superstars, Cena’s absence will undoubtedly affect WWE’s public presence as they build towards its flagship spectacle.