Updates from Thursday, Mar. 6
John Cena posted a statement on Twitter regarding his recovery and rehab:
What a morning!! Felt great today. Thank you Rob MacIntyre for helping almost get back 2 normal! @HardNocksSouth— John Cena (@JohnCena) March 6, 2014
Cena provided another statement yesterday as well:
That banged up wheel is starting to come around. Gonna test it out tomorrow with a bit of squatting rehab. We will see how it goes.— John Cena (@JohnCena) March 6, 2014
It turns out WWE superstar John Cena is injured as a result of his confrontation with the members of the Wyatt Family on the Feb. 24 edition of Raw.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, the injury angle that saw Cena favor his knee before leaving in an ambulance was scripted—but he also tore his groin in the process. The injury was apparent at a house show:
While the injury angle on Raw was planned, John Cena did suffer a groin tear during the angle on Monday.
Cena gutted through a house show match last night in North Charleston, SC against Randy Orton but was hurting. He actually apologized to the live crowd afterward for not giving them the performance he wanted to give.
One person who worked the event last night said Cena was "pretty bad off" but was gutting through it since it was Wrestlemania season.
However, The Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer (via Ringside News) notes a different side of things:
There is no real injury to Cena, with his groin or his knee. Meltzer reports that Cena is just selling the beatdown from RAW and there was no suggestion from doctors that Cena shouldn't work this weekend's live events.
Johnson goes on to report that the WWE attempted to pull Cena from weekend house shows before the March 3 edition of RAW, but the superstar refused with WrestleMania on the horizon.
Many took to Twitter to show support for Cena and justify his work ethic, including WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund:
I want to respond to the people who are knocking John Cena: responsible, hard working and loyal. He's talented, works hurt. None better.— Gene Okerlund (@TheGeneOkerlund) March 1, 2014
Given Cena's popularity and the absence of a big name like CM Punk, the WWE needs him as healthy as possible for televised events and WrestleMania itself. While it's admirable Cena wants to give paying fans at house shows his all, now is not the time for the company's biggest name to be out of action.
Cena is currently embroiled in a feud with Bray Wyatt, and the potential to miss WrestleMania if he cannot heal in time once again throws the card of the event and the overall creative plans out the window.
One of the wildest periods in WWE history continues.