WWE’s road to WrestleMania hit a huge pothole this week.
Former champion John Cena will have shoulder surgery and will likely miss the Super Bowl of professional wrestling, which is to take place at AT&T Stadium in Texas in April.
The news was broken by PWInsider.com’s Mike Johnson. “All WrestleMania 32 plans are now out the window with yet another major injury to a top talent in the company … and in this case, it’s literally the top talent in the company,” reporter Mike Johnson wrote.
“PWInsider.com confirmed with multiple sources today that John Cena will be undergoing surgery tomorrow in Birmingham, Alabama for a rotator cuff tear and is expected to miss WrestleMania 32.
“As PWInsider reported several months ago, Cena had been scheduled to face The Undertaker in what was planned as one of the major attractions for the company’s flagship event in Dallas, Texas.
“Cena had just returned to the ring after taking several months off to film a FOX reality series.”
Cena later confirmed the injury, believed to be a torn labrum, through his Twitter account.
“Rather upside down start to 2016 as tomorrow I will head to Birmingham for shoulder surgery. Life’s full of set backs but never give up”
The surgery, which will take place Friday (AEDT), will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama. Recovery time for this type of procedure would be six to nine months.
One of the rumoured storylines for Cena at WrestleMania was a possible match with The Undertaker.
In addition to missing Cena from the supercard, WWE is already without Seth Rollins, who blew out his knee last year during a match in Ireland.
Vince McMahon and his creative machine will be put to a major test, as one of the goals in having ‘Mania at the stadium where the Dallas Cowboys call home was to break the attendance mark of 93,173 set at WrestleMania 3 in the Pontiac Silverdome.
Brock Lesnar will return to the WWE Monday night on “RAW” in New Orleans next week, and his impact will immediately be felt across the entire organisation as the Royal Rumble draws near.
Lesnar hasn’t been seen on air since the Survivor Series in November, when he finished his trilogy of matches with the Undertaker, putting the final nail in the coffin of their rivalry once and for all.
Now with the WWE making the push toward another major event with the Royal Rumble scheduled for January 24 in Orlando, Florida, Lesnar is ready to return and his advocate Paul Heyman promises that he’s not just coming back to say hello to the wrestlers in the back.
“By the mere fact that Brock Lesnar will physically appear live in the ring at ‘Monday Night RAW’, you are guaranteed something to talk about the next day at work,” Heyman told FOX Sports on Wednesday.
“I have no problem showing up any given Monday and demonstrating to the WWE Universe how a proper promo is performed but when Brock Lesnar comes along with me, you know something substantive is going to be said and perhaps something impactful is going to happen.”
Lesnar’s appearances are always a major moment for the WWE Universe, especially ahead of one of the biggest events of the year like the Royal Rumble.
As of yet, Lesnar is set to appear on “Monday Night RAW” but considering the timing, it’s hard to imagine the former WWE champion won’t be targeting a spot on the Royal Rumble card — either in the 30-man over-the-top rope battle royal or in a single’s match that same night.
The WWE threw a wrinkle in the match this year that could hold significance for Lesnar’s return.
In most of the past years, the winner of the Royal Rumble goes on to challenge for the WWE heavyweight title at WrestleMania. This year, however, current titleholder Roman Reigns will participate in the Royal Rumble match, defending his title with the last man standing then becoming the WWE heavyweight champion.
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