Whether you love him or you hate him, John Cena is the face of the WWE and the biggest draw for the top wrestling company in the world.
After putting on an incredible match with Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules, Cena announced to the WWE that he is taking time off because of injury.
According to WrestlingNewsSource, Cena is going to be out for some time, and this injury may be a legitimate one.
Following his victory over Brock Lesnar at Sunday night's WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view event, John Cena announced to the crowd that he would be 'taking a vacation' from the company in order to heal from injuries.
During the match, Lesnar has Cena locked in a kimura armbar and was heard to tell Lesnar to 'ease up.' Cena then told a referee following the match 'my left arm is f*cked.'
At this point in time, it is not known how much time Cena will be taking off, but we will post more information as soon as we receive it.
Now that we know Cena is not going to be around for a while, what does this mean?
For starters, this means that someone on the WWE roster needs to step it up and take the reigns as the face of the company while Cena is down. Hopefully for the WWE Universe, it is not Lesnar.
Based on what he saw from his match tonight, it seems like Lesnar is still in UFC mode with the way he dresses, acts and fights. He is terrible at cutting promos and does not have that same passion that others on the card do.
The one name that has been running through everyone's mind is CM Punk, and for good reason. He is not only the best wrestler in the company, but he is also the most colorful character on the roster.
It is time for Punk to carry the WWE on his back while Cena is resting his shoulder injury, as well as any other injuries he may have.
Secondly, this means that there needs to be a push given to another wrestler on the card that has not seen a lot of time in the spotlight lately. Two names come to mind here: Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler.
Orton's been battling his own injuries as of late and was put into the dark because he missed out on a chunk of the WrestleMania buildups. He now looks healthy and ready to go. If there is anyone who could handle a strong push back to the top, it's Orton. Maybe a heel turn is in the making here because both champions, Sheamus and Punk, are currently baby-faces and will not likely switch.
Ziggler has not had any injuries as of late, but he is being buried by the WWE for some reason. He went from fighting for the WWE title against Punk to jobbing for Brodus Clay on a pay-per-view. There is no one on the roster who is as deserving of a push as Ziggler. If the WWE gives him the opportunity, he will not disappoint.
Whether it is Orton, Ziggler, or another star on the roster that has similar hype to both, it is necessary that the creative team push one of them as hard as possible to take Cena's spot.
Although losing Cena is very bad, this may be a blessing in disguise. Cena did need some time off after dealing with the boo's from the crowd as of late. Maybe some time off to re-tool his character and allow the WWE to give someone else the spotlight will do wonders for the company.
Hopefully Cena is back as soon as possible, and when he returns, hopefully the WWE Universe is behind him more than ever.
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