Will John Cena appear on the card?
The WWE has added some intrigue by suddenly placing Ryback in the hero position opposite CM Punk. Ryback has stopped Punk from bullying WWE legends Mick Foley and Jim Ross, and judging by the reaction on last Monday’s Raw, the fans are buying in.
John Cena is set to return on Monday’s Raw, and it will eventually lead to one thing. John Cena will be on the Hell in a Cell card come October 28.
Why? Read on and find out!
John Cena’s surgery was performed by the world-renowned Dr. James Andrews—a man I personally believe you don’t see to just “clean up” your elbow. Andrews is used for major surgery, and that’s what Cena had.
One of the biggest complaints about John Cena is his use as “Super Cena” over the years. He is always booked strong, and he himself has alluded to the fact that he always wins in promos against CM Punk and The Rock. And while he doesn’t always win, he wins often.
Returning in time for Hell in a Cell further solidifies his status as a Superman in the eyes of WWE fans. Cena can—once again—overcome the odds and return as the hero.
WWE.com initially reported that John Cena’s recovery time was two weeks, a move that elicited quite the Twitter reaction from John Cena.
“Some #jackwagon from @wwe dotcom apparently posted me recovering in 14 days. I spoke in depth with my surgeon Dr James Andrews….
And he specifically told me due to the amount of fragmentation, SIX WEEKS is a safer time table for recovery. I apologize on behalf of a
Website whos credibility is now equal to #theonion please @wwe web guys, get your monkey frankin facts straight!”
This comes directly from John Cena’s Twitter account and can be easily interpreted as a response to WWE.com ruining the appearance of a speedy recovery from the face of the company.
A return at Hell in a Cell 2012 wouldn’t mark the first time that John Cena has made a surprise return that was sooner than expected.
On the October 1, 2007 edition of Monday Night Raw, John Cena suffered a torn pectoral muscle in a match against Mr. Kennedy. At the time, WWE.com reported a six-to 12-month recovery time for the injury, fueling speculation that he’d miss 2008’s WrestleMania 24.
John Cena returned on January 27, 2008, entering the Royal Rumble at no. 30. Cena went on to win the match and joined Triple H in a Triple Threat match at WrestleMania 24 that saw both men challenge for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship.
Cena’s return took less than four months, far less than the originally reported six- to 12-month recovery time.
Two weeks ago, Ryback appeared backstage to prevent CM Punk from continuing an attack on WWE legend Mick Foley. This led many to speculate that Ryback, not John Cena, would be Punk’s opponent at WWE Hell in a Cell.
However, WWE storylines seem to indicate otherwise. Mick Foley and Jim Ross both pushed CM Punk to face John Cena at Hell in a Cell, a match that Punk refused on both occasions. Cena himself requested the match and will likely do the same during his return to Raw on Monday.
Outside of the injury, this is an obvious build to CM Punk vs. John Cena at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
So what of Ryback? The push is obvious, along with his recent popularity. But that doesn’t mean he is facing CM Punk inside Hell in a Cell. Taking away the injury, the build to Hell in a Cell is all about John Cena stepping inside the satanic structure opposite the WWE Champion.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 is just a few weeks away and is (at the moment) without a main event. John Cena is poised to return to Raw this Monday, and I suspect it won’t be long before the main event slot is occupied by Cena’s challenge for the WWE Championship.
Super Cena could be in full effect, returning from recent elbow surgery, once again ahead of schedule. History tells us that John Cena is one to beat the recovery time, as he did in 2008.
WWE.com itself originally reported a 14-day recovery for the face of the company, eliciting a strong response from Cena. With Ryback on the receiving end of a big push, speculation is rampant of his challenging CM Punk in John Cena’s place.
But make no mistake about it. Whether it be in a multi-man match that also includes Ryback (among others) or a one-on-one against CM Punk, John Cena will be on the card come October 28 and will headline the 2012 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event.
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Greg DeMarco is a wrestling fan of over 28 years and has also worked on the independent circuit as a promoter, announcer, character and booker. He began his writing career 411Mania.com. Greg also hosts a weekly radio show found at www.blogtalkradio.com/gregdemarco and streaming worldwide each weekend at www.vocnation.com.