by Nicholas Halavanja - October 13, 2013
Monday on Raw, it was announced that John Cena will make his return to WWE at Hell in a Cell against Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title. Nobody expected this because Cena was expected to be out 4-6 months when he left in August. Fast-forward two months, and he’s coming back. Now the question here is, “Is Cena returning in under two months after tricep surgery worth the risk?”
Ratings have been down since Summerslam, for whatever reason, however, that doesn’t justify bringing your top star back before he is ready. What would happen if Cena wrestles the match while not being fully healed and gets injured worse than he was before surgery? That is the risk taking place here. If that happens, WWE will be without Cena for an extended period of time.
I feel WWE went into panic mode here. They saw that ratings were suffering and decided to do what they thought was best, John Cena returning. He is the top superstar, but he needs a break and like I mentioned, just had tricep surgery. Just because the ratings are down a little bit at the moment, Monday NIght Football probably has something to do with that, doesn’t mean you risk further injuring the face of your company for a ratings boost. You can find other ways to improve your ratings, like actually having a champion, but no need to nitpick on that here.
This also goes into my theory of how much the WWE fears not having John Cena. John Cena won’t be around forever, and this was the opportunity for WWE to test the waters of what that would be like. I just don’t feel it’s the right call, you risk having him injured more and that’s not good for anyone. It will be interesting to see how this plays out though, as it does make the World Heavyweight Title relevant again if he wins, but is it worth the risk of injury?
Until next time, don’t risk your value
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