It turns out that John Cena’s return is not as miraculous as it first appeared when it was announced on Monday that the WWE superstar would be returning in three weeks to face Alberto Del Rio for the world heavyweight championship.
Reports now indicate that Cena’s injury was not as severe as it was originally reported. Cena’s triceps were only partially torn and this is something that WWE was aware of when they originally announced the superstar to be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 months in late Augusts. The reason for Cena returning is because the decline in ratings over recent months and a roster that is struggling to develop a top face character.
The decision for Cena to return at the Hell in the Cell pay-per view was made at some point last week, though the plans for his match against Del Rio were not constructed until this past weekend. The current idea for the match between Cena and Del Rio is for it to be a singles match instead of a hell in the cell match.
Having Cena return as part of the world heavyweight championship storyline was a wise idea for WWE.
The biggest reason it make sense is because fans have grown tired of having Cena involved in the WWE champion storyline.
The current storyline involving the WWE championship is expected to conclude at the Hell in the Cell pay-per view when Daniel Bryan faces Randy Orton in a hell in the cell match with Shawn Michaels as the special guest storyline.
Once that storyline concludes, it’s expected that CM Punk will once again be involved in the storyline for the WWE championship–though, that may come after the Royal Rumble pay-per view. Meaning since Cena has recently had a feud with Bryan and his feuds with Punk are seemingly growing old, it wouldn’t make sense to have the returning superstar contend for the WWE championship.
The second reason why Cena’s contention for the world heavyweight championship makes sense is because he is facing Del Rio. Del Rio’s claim to fame is the arm lock that is credited for putting various superstars out of action. It goes without saying that WWE will certainly push the idea of Cena being re-injured if Del Rio is able to secure the arm lock on him at the pay-per view event.
Kudos to WWE for seemingly getting it right for once.