Prior to WrestleMania, John Cena did an interview with Complex, where he said he was medically cleared to compete in the WWE once again, months ahead of his return schedule.
We thought this was true when it was backed up by a surprise appearance by the leader of the Cenation in his wrestling gear at WrestleMania 32 when he came down to the ring to help The Rock clear out The Wyatt Family.
However, after he didn't appear on Monday Night Raw the following night - which was strange considering he is one of the biggest stars of the company - reports have emerged that Cena might not actually be cleared to compete in a match anytime soon.
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According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio, via NoDQ, Cena might not actually be cleared to wrestle in a match. He was good enough to take part in the angle alongside The Wyatt Family and The Rock, but a return on a full-time basis is not happening for the time being.
Further rumors have stated the 15-time World Champion might not be able to return to action until mid-May or June, which is closer to the original report from The Wrestling Observer in March that said Cena was expected to be out until July.
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So Cena may not be making Super Cena strides to return to full-time action right now, but he is making developments elsewhere in his game to possibly help him return ahead of schedule.
The former United States Champion tweeted out a video, which you can see below, of him bench-pressing with the following caption: "Was told bench press before 6 months was impossible. 3 months post surgery @TapouT @WWE #NeverGiveUp #ShowYourGrit"
Being able to withstand this kind of weight and performing this movement shows Cena's shoulder injury is healing and recovering nicely. With the amount of effort Cena puts into his recovery, expect more timeframes shortened, and for him to be back in the ring very soon.
As for a possible feud upon his return, he could continue his clash with The Wyatt Family from WrestleMania 32 although they now look like they could be clashing with the League of Nations over the next couple of weeks/months.
Cena could also answer the recent call-out by Roman Reigns to come after his WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The leader of the Cenation is still looking for that 16th World Title win, to level himself up with Ric Flair for the most World Championship wins of all time, and he'll want to try and surpass that mark before retirement.
That win could come from a rivalry with Reigns. Don't be surprised if the WWE runs this storyline within the next year, as it could also be a good way for the company to cement The Big Dog over with the WWE Universe.