According to an Aug. 28 report from Cageside Seats, Father Time may finally be starting to catch up with WWE superstar John Cena, the promotion's top babyface. After more than a decade of battling it out five days a week without much of a break from active wrestling competition, Cena is reportedly dealing with lingering pain in his neck and shoulders.
No official word from the WWE on his prognosis, but the rumor is that he's still good to go for next month's Night of Champions pay-per-view event. Cena, a 15-time WWE champ, battles Brock Lesnar in the main event of Night of Champions, in a rematch from SummerSlam. Lesnar is the same age as Cena, but his body appears to be more fresh because he only competes on a part-time basis.
Cena took a lot of damage at SummerSlam, as he was smashed with 16 German suplexes over the course of a 13-minute match. The 37-year-old remains a full-time performer, even at his advanced age. Is he past his athletic prime? Absolutely, but he should have some gas left in the tank. Does the WWE overwork him? That's a difficult question. He wrestles over 150 times a year, so that can't be helpful as far as keeping him healthy.
At present time, the WWE has no plans of converting Cena into a part-time performer. In fact, Cena has come out publicly against part-time performers such as Lesnar and The Rock. Cena, the WWE's top babyface, should have at least a few more years left in his body of high-level wrestling. However, he would be smart to take a rest now, to prevent more unnecessary wear and tear on his body.
In the long run, an extended break before Wrestlemania season might be the best move to make for Cena. If he continues to wrestle while injured, it's only going to get worse for him. Whatculture.com reports that the WWE is very concerned about Cena's long-term health, so an extended rest might be coming soon for him.