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WWE: John Cena out 4-6 Weeks After Elbow Surgery

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21:  John Cena attends Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on May 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2012

The poster boy of WWE won't put himself in the position to hear chants of "you can't wrestle" for at least four and possibly up to six weeks.

According to WWE.com, John Cena had surgery on Tuesday to remove bone chips in his elbow.

Fans have come to learn that with WWE.com, you have to always stop and think if a "story" they post is storyline related or not.

I do think this surgery is legitimate and wasn't planned weeks ago to be a part of the booking in his current feud with WWE Champion CM Punk.

Based on how Raw ended last night, there are no signs that this surgery was to be used as a key point in the storylines. Cena got a controversial win and walked out on his own power. I would be suspicious about the injuries validity if the show ended with a physical beat down on him.

If anything, this surgery may alter the plans or explain why Alberto Del Rio was inserted into a main event match involving CM Punk and John Cena.

It could be tough for a John Cena versus CM Punk match to be built over the next 5 weeks for the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view if Cena needs to avoid physicality with the elbow.

Perhaps Del Rio will be inserted and make the match a triple threat.

While the injury doesn't allow physicality between Punk and Cena in a feud that has good momentum—it could provide more ammo for CM Punk's character to use. He can talk about how injuries are common in wrestling, but he toughs it out and defends his title of "Best In The World."

All of the physical sacrifices by CM Punk are just another reason to claim his need for "respect" from everyone.

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