WWE certainly made surprising news last night on Monday Night Raw when it was announced that John Cena would be returning at the WWE Hell in the Cell pay-per view event on October 27.
In late august, Cena was required to have triceps surgery and was expected to miss the next four to six months. Meaning the expectation was that Cena would not return to WWE programming until January at the earliest.
That is why it was surprise to many when Cena was announced as the opponent that Alberto Del Rio would defend his world heavyweight championship against.
Reports indicate that the talk backstage at Raw was that Cena was not actually going to wrestle at the pay-per view. Instead, those backstage viewed the announcement as a possible angle. It remains to be seen whether or not that will be the case.
Though, Cena did confirm on his twitter account last night that he would be wrestling Alberto Del Rio in three weeks.
What is suspicious is that Cena returning this early was never discussed until the announcement last night. Even when WWE tries to keep their plans under wraps, there tends to be a leak. For Cena’s return at the Hell in the Cell pay-per view, there were no leaks. WWE truly managed to surprise everyone with their announcement.
Of course, there will undoubtedly by more to this angle during tonight’s taping of Smackdown. Though, every indication is that Cena will indeed be wrestling Del Rio for the WWE heavyweight championship in three weeks.
If Cena’s return does truly happen in three weeks, it couldn’t have come at better time. WWE’s viewership has seen a decline in recent weeks with feuds between Randy Orton-Daniel Bryan and CM Punk-Paul Heyman growing stale. Not to mention, there is little interest in Del Rio as the heavyweight champion.