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By now, I am sure everybody knows the big news from Wednesday. John Cena announced on Twitter that he will need shoulder surgery. While no details were made public by he or WWE, it was PWInsider who reported it was a major surgery putting him out of action for many months. Well past WrestleMania 32.
Certainly a gigantic blow to WWE. In my 2016 wishlist, I mentioned a great year for Cena upcoming and an injury-free next 12 months for the entire roster. Oops, my apologies! Here are my thoughts on the revelation, as well as what the company can do next...
Ouch. Randy Orton is already out of action. Seth Rollins is already out of action. Daniel Bryan is already out of action. Cesaro is already out of action. Nikki Bella is out of action. Sting is already out of action. Heck, I could keep on naming stars who are on the shelf to kick off the new year. Not since 2007 has WWE been bit so badly by the injury bug. Adding John Cena to that list is terrible. Terrible. Terrible.
When you consider he JUST returned, and it is the Road to WrestleMania? Wow. Unbelievable.
Was He Going To Win The Royal Rumble?!?!
Honestly, I don't think he was going to win. Not before this past Monday night's big announcement about the Royal Rumble being for the WWE World Title and now certainly not after. Rumors had been out there of a potential John Cena vs. Roman Reigns passing of the torch championship bout at Mania...however, I never believed it was actually come to fruition. Definitely an intriguing option. Just not my ultimate prediction in the end. Cena was probably going to make it to the final two or three before finally being eliminated...
Well, Then What Was Cena Going To Do?!?!
I trust what the insiders have been saying for awhile now: John Cena vs. The Undertaker was the plan for WrestleMania 32 in Texas.
After years of speculation and years of letting that mega-spectacle pass by, this was the time to pull the trigger on Cena vs. Taker on the grandest stage of them all. Especially if one man is set to retire while the other is winding down his days as a full-time competitor...
Okay, Then What About Taker?!?!
I am at a loss. He can't face Bray Wyatt AGAIN! He can't face Brock Lesnar again. He can't face Triple H again. He (please) can't face Kane again, despite their history. He can't and won't wrestle Shawn Michaels or Stone Cold Steve Austin. They are done.
Truth be told, The Undertaker vs. John Cena matchup was such a perfect fit that it is hard to imagine anything else...
...except this idea:
The Undertaker vs. Sting!
Yep, WWE has ignored this dream match for so long. How ironic that it may not just magically fall into their lap as a last resort, worst case scenario. Instead of re-shuffling the entire WrestleMania 32 lineup and change the whole card around, do Taker/Sting. As Nike would say, just do it.
First Person Vince Called Was...
When Vince McMahon and company first found out about Cena missing Mania, can you imagine what he did next?
Call up Kurt Angle about possibly wrestling, even though his health is a question mark?
Call up Daniel Bryan and check his status?
Maybe see what Batista is doing?
Maybe see if Jerry Jones wants to run another Battle of the Billionaires clash?
Heck, why not Donald Trump again?
Check up on HBK and Steve Austin?
Sent the one and only Hulk Hogan a text perhaps?
Kinda joking with those suggestions. Seriously, my best bet is he immediately checked on The Rock and Ronda Rousey to see if they are cleared to compete. Rock has his movie hurdles to jump through, and Rousey has her UFC contract to work through (Dana White really). There have been enough teases from them for the past year. Vince needs to see once and for all - are they able to WRESTLE or not? A simple promo segment from The Rock may not be enough this year...
Can Anyone Replace Cena Right Now?
No, John Cena is THE MAN in WWE and has been for over a decade now. He is, by far, the top star and a WrestleMania without him is going to seem very strange. I am sorta holding out hope that he will make his typical fast recovery and return sooner than expected. This is Cena we are talking about here. Back to the topic though...
Dean Ambrose is not John Cena.
Roman Reigns is not John Cena.
The New Day is not John Cena, and no - AJ Styles, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Shinsuke Nakamura are not John Cena.
Sorry folks, like him or hate him, John Cena being injured on the Road to WrestleMania is not a good thing, and it will take a full team effort from everybody to make up for it. At the end of the day, WWE wants over 100,000 fans to be in attendance for WrestleMania 32. Without John Cena, a huge shake up is needed in order for that dream to become a reality on April 3rd, 2016. Good luck!
Put up or shut up for WWE, and the time is now.
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