When John Cena was preparing to wrestle Daniel Bryan at “WWE Summerslam,” doctors advised against it because of his injured elbow. Now, Rajah reported on Oct. 8 that doctors have actually cleared Cena to return to the ring following his elbow surgery three months ahead of schedule.
There are a lot of reasons for Cena returning early, but the biggest is that the WWE has realized they have turned off a large portion of their audience with their booking of the last two pay-per-views. They realized they need to do something big, and nothing is much bigger than the return of John Cena.
Cena had a torn triceps and needed it repaired. Following the “Summerslam” match with Daniel Bryan, he underwent the surgery and his recovery process was part of the “Total Divas” storyline. His total recovery time was supposed to be about five months, bringing him back just in time for the “Royal Rumble.”
His return there would be no surprise, so that was not really part of the consideration. With the WWE starting to feel pressure after mass refunds were offered after “Night of Champions” and fans began chanting “refund” after “Battleground,” they knew they needed something big to sell “Hell in a Cell.”
When this was first announced, it seemed like a swerve. But, it appears it is legitimate and John Cena will be back to challenge Alberto Del Rio for the world title later this month.