Now more than ever, WWE needs John Cena back!
The dreaded injury bug has plagued WWE since the latter half of 2015, with countless Superstars suffering various injuries. Seth Rollins, Cesaro and Randy Orton are a few of the names on that list.
Cena himself also fell victim to injury. The former United States champion underwent right shoulder surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff. He’s been out of action since January.
But more recently, there have been signs of hope for Cena fans.
He’s been posting his recovery process on his Twitter account. Cena’s been training to come back and has been posting photos of assisted squats while working a single bar.
John Cena @JohnCena
Max squat 2015=611lbs Max squat 2016=75lbs. Still can't grab a regular bar but rebuilding every day #nevergiveup https://t.co/hOwWpKPg9S2016-1-30 12:40:04
It’s clear Cena still wants to compete, and WWE could possibly give him the go-ahead sooner rather than later.
WWE would prefer him to return sooner, considering this is WrestleMania season. WrestleMania 32 will be in Arlington, Texas, at the AT&T Stadium on April 3. For those counting, that’s eight-and-a-half weeks away.
It’s all hands on deck for WWE, and it needs main event draws to bring in as many viewers as possible. It’s all business first, meaning everyone—including casual fans—will be watching.
Considering the circumstances, Cena must be involved in some capacity at WrestleMania 32.
Granted, WWE could craft an entertaining show without him. Triple H will defend his world title against the winner of Fastlane’s Triple Threat No. 1 Contender’s match. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar are the three potential challengers for Triple H’s title.
The Rock will also appear at the show, most likely in a non-wrestling capacity.
So, where would Cena fit? It’s obvious he can't factor into the main event, right?
|John Cena's Last 5 WrestleMania Opponents|
|WrestleMania Appearance||Opponent||Match Result|
|WrestleMania 27||The Miz||Loss|
|WrestleMania 28||The Rock||Loss|
|WrestleMania 29||The Rock||Win|
|WrestleMania 30||Bray Wyatt||Win|
Look at his last two appearances at WrestleMania. He was nowhere near the title hunt, as he defeated Bray Wyatt and Rusev at WrestleManias 30 and 31, respectively.
Despite the injury, Cena is still a household name. WWE needs its biggest guns to sell out the arena at Arlington come April 3—especially since Daniel Bryan announced his retirement on the February 8 episode of Raw.
Where could Cena fit into the WrestleMania scene?
If worse comes to worst, he can hype the event. If Cena’s not cleared to wrestle, he can still be a driving force to sell tickets. That includes making the rounds at daytime and late-night shows to convince the fans to see WrestleMania.
John Cena @JohnCena
Let there be #squat weekly goal accomplished. Time to raise the stakes. @TapoutFitness #nevergiveup #StayFearless https://t.co/ETBEPLxcB82016-2-2 19:45:57
Cena could reach a middle ground if he clears physical activity. He may not be cleared to wrestle but could be cleared to participate in action. If the WWE world title features Triple H against Roman Reigns, then expect The Authority and The Rock in both men’s respective corners.
It’s going to take more than a regular referee to keep control. Why not have Cena in there as the special guest referee? Cena is the same man credited with allowing The Authority to come back into power.
Cena as the referee can provide balance and not let things get out of hand. He also has history with anyone who can possibly be involved in the bout.
However, if Cena is cleared to wrestle, then perhaps he can face another legend for that WWE Superstar’s last ride.
Undertaker will most likely ride off into the sunset and call it a career after WrestleMania 32. There’s nothing left for him to prove, and he settled his feud with Brock Lesnar after their hellacious wars at last year’s SummerSlam and Hell in a Cell.
Facing Cena is a dream match, as both men are the company’s flag-bearers. Cena fighting Undertaker one more time would undeniably represent the passing of the torch. As the elder statesman, Undertaker could pass that responsibility to Cena if these two faced each other in the square circle.
In fact, the pressure would be gone because it would be focused more on a moment—that moment being two of the biggest names in recent WWE history, factoring in Undertaker’s two-plus decades in the company, facing each other once more.
The match would sell and create quite the buzz, which is WrestleMania’s ultimate goal.
Regardless, Cena needs to get involved in WrestleMania 32 in some capacity. WWE needs its face back, and WrestleMania is the exact event where this can happen.
Here’s hoping, for both sides, that it all works out for the best.