WWE superstar John Cena suffered what appeared to be a legitimate injury Saturday to his eye, leaving the wrestling organization on the cusp of what could have been a huge blow.
For all of the scripted injuries in the WWE, nothing can prepare for the threat of serious injury to one of the company's stars, and that's exactly what happened Saturday night in Madison, Wisconsin.
Cena was fighting Bray Wyatt at the live event, and reports have suggested that WWE's most lucrative star picked up a nasty looking injury during the fight.
Despite going on to win the fight, wrestling inc reported that the No Holds Barred match could have had a significant effect on the WWE's plans for the summer.
"John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt in a No Holds Barred match. Cena hurt his eye early on, but they still went close to 30 minutes. Cena was favoring his eye throughout the match, with Wyatt intentionally stalling."
“Cena barely acknowledged the fans and stormed out” after the match.
The storming out afterwards pointed to a serious injury for the former WWE champion, with his exploits Saturday arguably uncharacteristic from him. Cena is well versed in conversing with fans to make sure they get value for money, so this certainly suggests something major was up at the time.
However, Cena was again in action the following day on Sunday, which suggests that the wrestler at least didn't suffer a concussion from the repeated Wyatt beatings.
But this did lead to a change in plans yesterday, with a scheduled Wyatt match-up changing into a six-man tag match. And with reports suggesting his eye is still "visibly swollen shut", it's understandable why WWE would want to protect one of the main prized assets.