Since he said during the WrestleMania 33 announcement press conference that he won't be competing at this year's Showcase of The Immortals, we haven't heard much on the recovery of John Cena from his latest shoulder injury.
He has been tweeting out cryptic messages on his Twitter account which could be inferred as he will be competing at the event, but the likelihood is he will just be appearing in some sort of role.
However, we all know Cena is a superhuman, and he can defy the odds and make an earlier return, it wouldn't be insane to think he could come back sometime not too long after WrestleMania 32, but those rumors appear to be dismissed after recent reports.
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A report by Wrestling Inc says: "It looks like John Cena could miss in-ring action at WWE's WrestleMania 32, Payback, Extreme Rules and Money In the Bank.
"The latest internal ETA on Cena's return to actual wrestling is July, according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Everyone knows how Cena often returns ahead of schedule and that is always a possibility here. If Cena were out until late July, he could return at the Battleground pay-per-view on July 24th.
Cena just hit the 350-hour mark in his rehab for the shoulder surgery and many people expect him to make some sort of non-wrestling appearance at WrestleMania next month."
Many originally thought Cena wouldn't be back competing in a WWE ring until the summer, as this was his original scheduled return date. So while this might not be much of an update for some, it is in a way because it doesn't live up to the expectation that the 15-time World Champion will make an early return.
As for when he does return, Cena needs to keep doing what he has been doing since WrestleMania 31 and give rising talents an opportunity to shine. While he will probably always be a main eventer until the day he retires - because his name is John Cena - it's time for the company to start pushing future stars like Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Bray Wyatt.
Cena has already had a great feud with Wyatt, but he came out on top overall, so a good way to kick off his return would be exchanging the favor. A win for the leader of The Wyatt Family over the leader of the Cenation would be huge for Bray's development.
This would be deemed as a setback for Cena, so a good way for him to try and redeem himself would be to earn himself a title shot and finally get that 16th championship. If Reigns is the champion, this would be perfect as it would not only give him a world class feud, but it could also push The Big Dog further towards acceptance by the WWE Universe if he comes out on top overall as a heel, and also as the face of the company.
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