Whether you love him or hate him, John Cena has been the most valuable WWE Superstar over the last five years. His stability and durability has been crucial as the company transitions over to whatever direction it is trying to go in.
According to WWE.com, Cena underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his shoulder. This will technically keep him out of action for about a month.
This is a good opportunity for the WWE to keep him out of action for some time.
Many fans have grown tired of Cena's gimmick, but there is no change in sight. Cena has also had some issues going on behind the scenes, including a divorce.
Some time off will only be beneficial to Cena and may actually make the fans recognize what they had when he is gone.
Here is a look at potential times for Cena to return from injury.
The next pay-per-view event is Hell in a Cell. The most likely situation, had Cena not gotten injured, would have been CM Punk vs. Cena in a Hell in a Cell match.
Cena's injury most likely means that match won't happen. However, the event is over a month away, and Cena could potentially return in time.
Punk could come out at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view and issue an open challenge to anyone in the back. Buildup for the match could be that he has run through everyone in the company and there is no one that can beat him.
It also could be built that Cena will not be able to return until after the event.
Punk could stand in the middle of the ring and wait for a superstar to come out and challenge him. After a long pause, Cena's music can hit and he could return to face Punk.
Survivor Series is one of the four big WWE pay-per-views. It also could be the perfect time for John Cena to return to action.
Survivor Series always has at least one traditional Elimination Tag Team match that features a team of faces against a team of heels.
It would be interesting to have Paul Heyman lead the team of heels against a team of faces.
The team of faces could enter the event with one less superstar than the heel team. This would leave Cena the opportunity to return and compete for the faces.
This scenario depends on what is going to happen with the WWE Championship situation now that Cena is out of action. However, if CM Punk competes in this match, it can lead to a way for Cena to jump right back in the WWE Championship picture.
As I previously mentioned, John Cena could return at Survivor Series to help the face team and fill in the one vacant spot.
While he could return at the actual event, he could also return the Raw before the event.
Here is the potential scenario...
The face team would be stuck a superstar short, giving the heel team the upper hand. After weeks of buildup, a brawl between the two teams could break out.
Since the heel team has the edge in number of superstars, they would have the upper-hand in the brawl. As the heel team is beating down the faces, Cena could come out and save the face team, similar to how Stone Cold Steve Austin saved the WWF from the WCW/ECW invasion.
John Cena is no stranger to making a big return at the Royal Rumble. In 2008, Cena shocked the WWE when he entered as the 30th entrant in the Royal Rumble and won the event.
Cena could either return in the Royal Rumble match, or he could return for one of the other matches.
I think it would be more fitting for him to return to interfere in The Rock's match.
On Raw 1,000, The Rock announced he'd be getting a WWE title shot at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Cena needs to come out and interfere with The Rock's match.
Throughout Cena and The Rock's build up for their match at WrestleMania 28, The Rock had the upper hand physically. He interfered in Cena's WrestleMania match against The Miz. He gave Cena a Rock Bottom after their match together at Survivor Series.
Cena has the chance to get some revenge on The Rock at the Royal Rumble, which would have a huge impact.