Were it not for Daniel Bryan's infectious surge of popularity, WWE would be in dire straits insofar as having someone the fans can rally behind.
This is especially true since two of WWE's most visible babyfaces—both John Cena and Sheamus—came down with major injuries within weeks of each other.
While Cena and Sheamus are recuperating from different ailments—a triceps tear and torn shoulder labrum, respectively—the recovery time table for both is virtually the same.
That is, WWE has publicized the fact that both superstars have four to six months of laborious rehabilitation ahead of them before they get physical in a ring again.
Still, given the similar recovery prognosis, one would expect Cena and Sheamus to make their respective returns on different shows, be it a future Raw, SmackDown or pay-per-view.
Yet, according to Bryan Alvarez's members-only Figure Four Weekly Newsletter (subscription required), the two are scheduled to pop up at the exact same event, the 2014 Royal Rumble:
...The plan right now is for both Cena and Sheamus (torn labrum in his shoulder) to return for the Royal Rumble. One WWE source said that with both of them likely to return on the same night, it seems doubtful that another big surprise like Jake the Snake would be factored into the show...
While, ideally, it may be better to space out the in-ring returns of Cena and Sheamus, it does make sense that WWE would do it to shore up arguably the second-biggest event of the year.
For instance, the 2013 Royal Rumble event benefited from the long-standing announcement of The Rock vying for the WWE Championship come to fruition when "The Great One" wrangled with, and ultimately ended, CM Punk's 434-day reign.
Moreover, having Cena and Sheamus return on the same night would appropriately galvanize the WWE Universe in anticipation of the road to WrestleMania 30.
The only cause for concern is if the WWE brain trust shifts its focus to either one or both returning grapplers, undermining Bryan's race to the finish line as the face of WWE.
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