According to World Wrestling Entertainment's official website, current WWE Champion John Cena has suffered an injury during the overseas tour.
WWE.com has learned that WWE Champion John Cena sustained an injury during WWE's European tour. The WWE Champion injured his right Achilles tendon while battling Ryback.
The injury, its severity unknown at this time, is ill-timed. Just under a month ago, Cena defeated The Rock to win his 11th WWE Championship in what was the culmination of a three-year story. At the end of the match, "The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment" passed the torch to Cena in a moment the company had been building to for quite some time.
The following night, the creative team took a major risk by turning one of its top babyfaces, Ryback, heel in order to feud with Cena over the title.
An injury to Cena at this point, especially if it keeps him out of action and off the Extreme Rules pay-per-view card, would leave the company's top championship in limbo. It would also leave Ryback's push in limbo and would once again point a finger at a WWE roster devoid of legitimate superstars.
If the injury is severe enough, who should replace Cena in his feud with Ryback?
Who would be able to step up and fill Cena's role until he returns? Would the injury force someone like Randy Orton, who is on his way to turning heel, to delay that turn and feud with Ryback? Would Sheamus take that spot on the card?
More importantly, would CM Punk be rushed back onto television, perhaps as a babyface, to feud with Ryback over the title he held for well over a year?
One thing is for certain: If the injury to Cena is severe enough to force him out of the ring for any length of time, management within WWE must be panicking at the thought of having to replace him.
Easily the biggest star in the last 10 years, Cena is the face of the company and his influence on ratings, ticket sales and merchandise sales cannot be easily mimicked.