Losing Cena a huge blow
WWE just keeps running in place when it comes to the health of their main eventers. Every time the company gets a top star back from an injury, another one goes on the shelf. Losing WWE champion John Cena, the face of the company, is without question the biggest setback yet.
Cena, who suffered a complete tear of his right pectoral tendon during his match against Mr. Kennedy last night on Raw, is expected to be out six to eight months. Cena, who was scheduled to face Randy Orton in the main event of the No Mercy pay-per-view on Sunday, will surrender the title, although there will still be a title match at the show, according to wwe.com.
WWE hasn’t said who will be in the match, but, obviously, Orton will be involved. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Triple H in it or even Chris Jericho, who is rumored to be making his return at the show. Before Cena’s injury, one possible scenario for Jericho was that he would show up Sunday and cost Cena the title.
I know a lot of fans were tired of Cena, but there is no denying that he will be sorely missed and business will suffer because of his absence.
Cena has held the title since Sept. 17, 2006, making him the sixth-longest reigning WWE champion in the company’s 44-year history. It is unlikely that he’ll be back in time to perform at WrestleMania 24 on March 30, which disrupts any plans WWE had for its biggest show of the year as it relates to Cena.
Three of WWE’s biggest stars — Cena, Edge and Shawn Michaels — are now out with injuries, as is Bobby Lashley. To compound the situation, the future of Ric Flair, who hasn’t appeared on WWE television since reportedly giving his notice at the end of August, is uncertain. And while Edge is scheduled to be back for next month’s Survivor Series, Michaels reportedly is contemplating retirement.