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:
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:
Former commentator Jim Ross had ideas of how Cena could help the company while he's out of commission:
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/AW0z5yHtuA— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) January 7, 2016
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:
WWE injury list is so depressing, updated: John Cena Nikki Bella Seth Rollins Randy Orton Cesaro Tyson Kidd— Cageside Seats (@cagesideseats) January 7, 2016
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 WM— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) January 7, 2016
If we're looking on the bright side, sign me up for this immediately:
John Cena getting hurt just means we are one step closer to Vince McMahon vs. Jerry Jones as the Wrestlemania main event in Dallas— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) January 7, 2016
On the opposite side, you couldn't pay me $9.99 to watch this:
Obviously the right call for WrestleMania 32 is Roman Reigns vs. Eva Marie for the WWE world heavyweight title (Eva over).— Cageside Seats (@cagesideseats) January 7, 2016
Graham Matthews of Bleacher Report noted how up and down this week has been from a fan's perspective:
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.