WWE Night of Champions 2012: Is John Cena Healthy Enough to Have a Good Match?

Adam NystromCorrespondent IISeptember 11, 2012

Photo Credit: WWE.com
Photo Credit: WWE.com

First thing's first: Get well soon, Jerry Lawler!

While our minds were all on The King's situation Monday night, CM Punk and John Cena still managed to put together a compelling segment at the end of the show, laying the final groundwork for their encounter at Night of Champions.  The two got as heated as we have ever seen them in a verbal exchange and saw Punk infuriated over how Cena brought himself down to Montreal's level by speaking French.

What we did not see, however, was John Cena getting physically involved.  In fact, we haven't seen a whole lot of John Cena putting himself in harm's way for quite some time.

Is there something going on that neither Cena nor the WWE are telling us?

When John Cena unexpectedly defeated Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules back in May, he closed the show with a promo that sent the internet into a speculative frenzy

A lot if people, myself included, began to wonder if Cena really was going away for a while, due to his pending divorce or other unforeseen circumstances.  To be frank, he also had the ever-loving crap beaten out of him during his match with Lesnar, and perhaps he had something knocked loose.

Cena did not go away for any length of time after that speech, but he has been taking it noticeably easy in the ring for months. 

His matches on Raw have not looked very taxing, and his most physically demanding bouts at No Way Out (in a steel cage against The Big Show) and the Money in the Bank ladder match all seemed built around the idea of covering up whatever issue he might have.  He took no serious falls off the cage or ladder.  In fact, most of his in-ring action has been saved for after the cameras are turned off in the form of special attractions, often involving the still-wrestling John Laurinaitis.

These ideas work fine, but come this Sunday, there will be no way for Cena to hide whatever may be ailing him. 

If a secret injury is the case, CM Punk will do his damnedest to pull the best match possible out of Cena.  Likewise, I have no doubt that Cena will give everything he has in the tank during a WWE Championship match in Boston.  All that being said,  if Cena is hurt, he will have to give up the ghost sooner than later.  With the scheming and conspiring readily apparent between CM Punk and Paul Heyman, could an attack on Cena be imminent?

We have not seen The Big Show since SummerSlam, when he tapped out to a simultaneous STF/Anaconda Vice and was given an attitude adjustment, only to be pinned by an opportunistic CM Punk.  I would not be surprised if this is the card that Heyman and Punk are waiting to play—sending the giant after the WWE's hero and rendering him useless.  Whether The Big Show factors into the equation or not, I still believe that there is something happening with Cena just beneath the surface. 

I could also just be doing my job as an Internet speculator.  I think we will find out a bit of the truth after Sunday.