There is no formal timetable on his recovery at this time. Nevertheless, it'd be relatively safe to rule him out for the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania at this point, which are only WWE's two biggest programs of the year. Scott Fishman of the Sun Sentinel offered his thoughts:
Scott Fishman @smFISHMAN
Whatever your opinion on him, the idea of John Cena not competing at #WrestleMania 32 is sad and a tough blow in so many ways. #WWE1/7/2016, 2:13:54 AM
As for the long-running rumors of Cena facing the Undertaker at WM32 on April 3, former WWE Superstar Al Snow had an idea for a potential replacement:
Al Snow @TheRealAlSnow
"@Hermshindsight: John Cena out? All @WWE needs to do is bring back @TheRealAlSnow to face taker? What ya think Al?" Yeah sure lol1/7/2016, 3:02:35 AM
Former commentator Jim Ross had ideas of how Cena could help the company while he's out of commission:
Jim Ross @JRsBBQ
Motivate & facilitate younger talents being developed as new stars. Do it daily. 24X7 @WWE @JohnCena https://t.co/NmICi8p4wI1/7/2016, 3:04:26 AM
Cena's on-screen role has diminished a bit over the last couple of years because of entertainment commitments. He appeared in the Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck in a small role and only recently returned from a two-month hiatus, during which he filmed a Fox reality show called American Grit.
BlackSportsOnline made the apt comparison to The Rock, who will actually be appearing at WM32 in an undisclosed role:
Now Cena realizing why the Rock bounced. https://t.co/AW0z5yHtuA1/7/2016, 3:00:51 AM
Of course, Cena isn't the only WWE star hurt. Cageside Seats had a look at an All-Star cast of injuries plaguing the sport:
Cageside Seats @cagesideseats
WWE injury list is so depressing, updated: John Cena Nikki Bella Seth Rollins Randy Orton Cesaro Tyson Kidd1/7/2016, 2:43:41 AM
One person not on that list is Daniel Bryan. BSO noted it's likely now or never with Cena on the shelf:
We will know if Daniel Bryan will ever wrestle again for WWE because if #SuperCena out, they are running out of marquee names for WM1/7/2016, 2:43:52 AM
If we're looking on the bright side, sign me up for this immediately:
Bunkie Perkins @BunkiePerkins
John Cena getting hurt just means we are one step closer to Vince McMahon vs. Jerry Jones as the Wrestlemania main event in Dallas1/7/2016, 2:25:52 AM
On the opposite side, you couldn't pay me $9.99 to watch this:
Cageside Seats @cagesideseats
Obviously the right call for WrestleMania 32 is Roman Reigns vs. Eva Marie for the WWE world heavyweight title (Eva over).1/7/2016, 3:12:55 AM
Graham Matthews of Bleacher Report noted how up and down this week has been from a fan's perspective:
Graham Matthews @WrestleRant
Monday: AJ Styles rumored to come to #WWE, Chris Jericho returns Wednesday: John Cena injured, might miss WM32 https://t.co/hUE51ahJEB1/7/2016, 3:26:43 AM
In any case, there's no way to positively spin Cena's injury. He's one of the biggest stars in the sport's history, a draw who is bringing in more casual observers than ever given his crossover stardom. It’s a blow not only for Cena, but also from a booking and financial perspective, and it could even mark the end of Cena's career as a regular performer if the wear-and-tear on his body proves too much.
Cena's only five years younger than The Rock. If the entertainment offers keep pouring in amid his recovery, we might look back on this injury as a turning point.
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