It is apparent that John Cena's elbow injury is not something to overlook. Cena acknowledged the injury last week during his in-ring promo on Raw. Many wondered whether it would be pivotal to his spot on the SummerSlam card, but WWE.com quickly answered this inquiry regarding his status.
For now, it does not appear that Cena’s title defense is in any danger, nor is his eligibility for SummerSlam. He can and has fought back through worse. As for whether he’s truly at 100 percent when he puts his title on the line? That, at least, is no longer a given.
Despite this, John Cena obviously has to be hurting from the baseball attached to his arm, and to prevent any further damage, he inconspicuously has not been wrestling on free TV as a result.
Regarding the nature of the injury, Cena tweeted:
However, he diffused any rumors of not appearing at SummerSlam, tweeting:
Although Cena is pressing through the injury to give the WWE Universe their desired match against Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam, this may be the last time we will see him in a ring in a wrestling role for a while.
The latest report from F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc., says Cena is scheduled for surgery shortly after SummerSlam. As a result, he will be taking time off to recover.
Of course, this means that unless the WWE can work around him being off television for a while, he will be dropping the title at the PPV.
Similar to the timing of Sheamus' injury, this is also a favorable fit for Cena. Of course, no one should will injury upon anyone, but with the only major pay-per-view left being Survivor Series, the WWE can handle Cena not being on TV.
Since this news is out, there are many questions and projections leading into SummerSlam.
Does Randy Orton turn heel and align with HHH, who also turns heel? Does Daniel Bryan turn heel? Who will be champion by the end of the night? We all shall see come Sunday.
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