After the WWE Night of Champions 2012 results were decided, John Cena returned to Raw the next night without the championship. Now it appears that he’ll not only be missing his coveted spinner belt, but also some time from his work in the ring due to elbow surgery and the associated rehabilitation efforts.
According to a report from WWE.com, John Cena had the surgery earlier today to remove bone chips in his right elbow. Several pieces of bone cartilage were also removed by Dr. James Andrews through a scope. Andrews commented on today’s procedures and the latest prognosis:
“He had begun to lose motion in his arm, and it had been locking up. I performed an orthoscopic procedure on his elbow and took out a bunch of spurs. Everything went really well.”
Andrews added regarding the next steps:
“Cena’s rehab will start on Monday with trying to improve his range of motion and getting the swelling down.”
The WWE site goes on to report that Cena is expected to recover in two to three weeks from now, with an update on his recovery scheduled for Thursday. WWE also provided a selection of Twitter messages from Cena praising Dr. Andrews and to call out CM Punk some more. Cena tweeted:
“Oh.. And @CMPunk u TIED a guy with a blown up ankle, and a shattered arm … what say when i get healthy …
We show the @wwe who #thechamp really is? And why would u even try and borrow @therock stuff, stick with #hitman n #macho #dontangerdwayne”
This news comes as a major development, seeing as John Cena wrestled both Sunday and Monday night. On Sunday it was his WWE championship match at Night of Champions against CM Punk. On Monday’s Raw, it was the tag team match where Cena partnered up with World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus to defeat Punk and Alberto Del Rio. After a squabble earlier in the show between Del Rio and Cena, Raw General Manager AJ Lee had said that the winners of the match might get the rematch they wanted for their respective title. So that would indicate a Cena vs. Punk rematch is going down at Hell in a Cell 2012, barring a longer recovery time for John Cena.
Cena continues to be the most popular, and unpopular, guy on WWE’s roster right now, so losing him for longer than 3 weeks would really hurt. It’s happened before, but they likely have major plans for him to be involved in Wrestlemania 29, so it’s good this particular was addressed in a timely fashion for both Cena and the WWE.
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