On their treks back to recovery, both John Cena and Sheamus are healthy enough for appearances out of the ring, but not for battling inside it.
The rehab process for two of WWE's most popular Superstars includes shaking hands, smiling for the camera and playing the ambassador role for the company. As for when fans can expect to see them wrestling again, both still appear to be on track to return early 2014.
Cena has been slated for several November dates for WWE's tour of Europe and more recently as a part of two post-Christmas shows in the New York/New Jersey area.
Dave Scherer of PWInsider.com writes, "Don't expect him to wrestle. WWE wants to make sure he is back at 100 percent for The Royal Rumble so he will be ready to go at the most important time of the year for the company."
Cena's involvement at these shows has been labeled "special appearances," which likely means Scherer is right.
The former WWE champ can play the role of getting a reaction out of the crowd, placating the fans and possibly delivering a few promos. There's no need to rush Cena back, even if he's antsy to get back to action.
On Cena's recovery from elbow surgery, Scherer noted that "rehab was going well."
The Cenation leader reiterated that with a recent tweet.
As for Sheamus, he's working for WWE without endangering his repaired labrum.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal shared a story of Sheamus joining a group of young kids for a reading event. He later appeared at a USA Network Characters Unite anti-bullying event.
Fans are more interested in when his appearances will again be punctuated by Brogue kick, though.
Sheamus is right on track to make his expected return at the Royal Rumble. PWInsider.com reports that, "he's not slated to return to the ring until 2014."
That confirms earlier reports, so fans hoping that The Celtic Warrior would get thrust into action sooner than that will have to be patient.
Even with Raw ratings in trouble lately, it appears WWE is going to be cautious with reinserting both Sheamus and Cena.