We are able to confirm there has been a considerable amount of drama lately between Vince McMahon and John Cena. As we've previously reported, WWE keeps promising John time off but keep changing their minds.
He was originally slated for time off after Wrestlemania XXVIII but he ended up agreeing to work Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules. I'm told he wanted to put CM Punk over at WWE Night of Champions and take time off to not only get his elbow cleaned out but to rest his ailing hip. Vince insisted he work Hell in a Cell in October so Cena's answer was to take off between Night of Champions and Hell in a Cell to get his elbow cleaned out as well as take some time off the road to heal up.
I'm told John felt it was a convenient time to try and get his elbow taken care of in addition to taking time to heal. Usually John doesn't stand up to Vince, so Vince decided he would give Cena two weeks off after the surgery but no more. Vince specifically told the office he would be back in two weeks but didn't tell John, assuming he would do
whatever he said.
Cena was extremely upset when he found out and things got pretty heated with Cena even threatening not to work Hell in a Cell. My source says they comprised last Friday on how many appearances he would do between then and the pay-per-view, however, this was after Cena appeared at the WWE NXT taping on Thursday.
Backstage at NXT, I'm told Cena tried to be professional about it but was clearly not happy at the show. Vince actually made sure that anything Cena taped at NXT would be immediately sent to him for his approval. This led to Vince making Cena re-tape a lot of segments and bumpers because Vince felt Cena seemed "pouty" in them, further upsetting Cena.