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John Cena Suffers Achilles Injury
Perhaps the biggest news making the rounds over the past week has been the apparent Achilles injury suffered by John Cena. The WWE's top star reportedly injured himself during the WWE's European tour while facing Ryback in a tables match. Despite the injury, Cena continued to perform on the tour and tagged with Team Hell No against The Shield on the most recent edition of Raw.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Cena's Injury Legitimate?
Since Cena is one of the most polarizing figures in professional wrestling, it should come as no surprise that his supposed injury and elicited plenty of different reactions from fans. Some are worried about what it means for the state of the WWE, while others are excited that it could mean the elevation of other talent. As things stand right now, however, it doesn't look like Cena is going to miss any time.
Whether that means Cena is fighting through a major injury, dealing with a minor injury or not really injured at all is unclear at this point. The fact that Cena has continued to wrestle definitely makes it seem as though things aren't as bad as they were initially thought to be. Whatever the case, it adds an interesting wrinkle to Cena's upcoming WWE Championship match against Ryback at Extreme Rules.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
As is often the case, the Ring Rust Radio panel couldn't come to a consensus agreement regarding Cena's status. Some praised Cena for his willingness to work through injuries and even used it as a reason to cut down CM Punk for taking some time off. My personal feeling, however, is that Cena isn't really injured at all. The fact of the matter is that Cena is by far the WWE's most valuable commodity, so it's highly unlikely that he would be allowed to continue wrestling if the injury was anything of consequence.
Also, the timing of the injury is extremely convenient. There has been some concern about Ryback's viability as a challenger since he has lost at every pay-per-view since Hell in a Cell. Weakening Cena makes Ryback look like more of a threat and even makes it more likely that he could potentially win at Extreme Rules since Cena would have a built-in excuse. This entire situation seems like a work perpetrated to make the Extreme Rules main event far more uncertain than it otherwise would have been.
Rumor Mill: Cena Reportedly Suffered Injury on April 23 (WrestlingInc.com via Wrestling Observer)
The Shield Continues to Dominate
The Shield has been the most entertaining aspect of WWE programming since Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns burst onto the scene at Survivor Series, and that continues to be the case. The young trio made a couple more statements over the past week, as they defeated Cena, Kane and Daniel Bryan on Raw. Also, Ambrose lost to The Undertaker on SmackDown last week, but The Shield got the last laugh as the group triple powerbombed The Deadman through the announce table.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will The Undertaker Continue to Get Involved?
The aftermath of WrestleMania XXIX has been much different than the past couple years as The Undertaker has continued to make appearances. Not only did Taker cut a couple promos, but he also joined forces with Team Hell No to take on The Shield on an episode of Raw and defeated Ambrose in a singles match. Taker has been a one-and-done guy in recent years as he generally competes at WrestleMania before taking the rest of the year off.
For whatever reason, he has been more active over the past month. Taker's recent resurgence has many fans hoping that he is back on a full-time basis. That is unlikely, but even a part-time schedule over the course of the year could be very beneficial to the WWE. As great as it would be to see The Undertaker on WWE programming on a more regular basis, it doesn't seem as though he is going to stick around.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Having The Undertaker around has been great, especially since he has been putting over The Shield in a major way. With that said, last week's SmackDown seemed to be the swan song for Taker until the build toward WrestleMania XXX. Taker was able to score a victory over Ambrose before his hiatus, but The Shield destroyed him and embarrassed him. This will probably lead to The Phenom returning to relative obscurity for the foreseeable future. When he finally decides to come back, maybe he will reprise his rivalry with The Shield.
Taker's recent actions have shown that he isn't necessarily opposed to wrestling a bit more, so it isn't out of the question that he could come back for a big pay-per-view like SummerSlam, Survivor Series or even Royal Rumble. For those hoping that he and Team Hell No will face The Shield at Extreme Rules, though, it doesn't appear to be in the cards. The Undertaker's semi-regular appearances have been great, but it seems like things are about to return to normal.
Rumor Mill: NXT Star Teasing Joining The Shield? (WrestlingInc.com)
ROH Interview with Adam Cole
Ring Rust Radio brought back one of its favorite guests this week in the form of Ring of Honor star Adam Cole. The former ROH Television champion is among the top rising stars in the business and has already accomplished a ton at the young age of 23. Cole will also face new ROH World champion Jay Briscoe for the biggest prize in the company this weekend at Border Wars in Toronto.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Adam Cole Make the Jump to WWE?
As is the case with every top independent star, many are wondering if and when Cole will ultimately make the jump to WWE. Cole is obviously a prime candidate to move on eventually, as he is youthful, has a great look and can really go in the ring. He is on the small side at only 5'11", but the WWE has proven that size is no longer a major consideration, as the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and others have achieved a great deal of success.
Cole was diplomatic when asked about his desire to wrestle in WWE. He admitted that he had a tryout match and that there has been contact between the two sides, but he also reiterated how happy he is in ROH. Cole is among the top guys in ROH right now and he constantly puts on great matches, so there is no doubt that he fits in well. At the same time, he is a big fish that may eventually get too big for the ROH pond.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
As great as it is to see Cole thriving on the independent scene, it's about time for him to make the leap. Aside from winning the ROH World Championship, there is nothing left for Cole to accomplish. If he transitions to WWE soon, then he can make his way through NXT and reach the main roster quickly just like Superstars such as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Antonio Cesaro did. The WWE is more progressive than ever and it seems like a certainty that he will be utilized well and made into a star.
Cole has often been compared to Shawn Michaels and he talked about how Michaels has always been his favorite wrestler. Cole has taken a different career path than Michaels thus far, but he has a chance to be successful in the WWE at a young age just like HBK was. Cole shouldn't sign with WWE until he knows that he is ready, but he is probably the safest bet of any independent talent to eventually end up with the biggest wrestling company in the world.
RRR Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Michael Cahill: 70
2. Mike Chiari: 45
3. Brandon Galvin: 40
4. Donald Wood: -20