John Cena announced on Raw that he had suffered a triceps injury on the WWE tour of Asia, Australia and South Africa and that he would be taking an extended break from the WWE to have surgery on the injury.
Cena said on Raw that he would be ruled out for six months and would return in mid-February, but the latest news is that the WWE expects him to return in time for the Royal Rumble match, perhaps in a repeat of his 2008 Royal Rumble match return.
WWE officials had originally been worried Cena would miss Wrestlemania 30 in April, however the surgery has gone well and Cena’s well-documented quick recovery times have WWE convinced he will return in January.
Cena also mentioned on Raw that WWE officials and doctors had advised him to cancel his SummerSlam match to have surgery immediately, but he refused to withdraw from the match. Reports say that Vince McMahon himself sat down and told Cena the WWE had a plan to have the SummerSlam main-event replaced by Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan but Cena insisted on wrestling before leaving to have surgery.
Many inside WWE are worried about TV ratings for Raw while Cena is absent from the show, as ratings have dropped in the past when he has been injured. McMahon is also said to be deeply concerned about Cena, who has started to pick up injuries more regularly of late, with the star having to take time off three years in a row. This could mean the WWE will start to search for a real replacement for Cena, who may not be around for too long.
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