WWE champion John Cena suffered a right Achilles tendon injury during a match against Ryback on the company’s European tour over the weekend, according to WWE’s official website.
UPDATE: Monday, April 29, 7:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
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UPDATE: Sunday, April 28, 1:50 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
John Cena took to Twitter Sunday to confirm an injury, but told the WWE Universe that he would be there for Monday’s Raw:
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While the severity of the injury is unknown, this incident raises questions about where the WWE can go with the WWE title match between Cena and Ryback scheduled for Extreme Rules on May 19 if the champion cannot compete.
Cena is coming off a huge win over The Rock at WrestleMania 29 where he reclaimed the WWE Championship and regained his spot as the top dog in the company. Despite being attacked by Ryback on Raw, the booking of Cena was making him look as strong as anyone in the company.
While an injury to the biggest draw in the WWE is bad news for Vince McMahon and the backstage personnel, the fact that it comes on the heels of injuries to CM Punk that forced him out of action only compounds the matter.
Now the company’s top two full-time stars are on the mend.
As much as this injury will have fans panicking about the lack of depth at the top of the card, the WWE is actually very lucky this happened right now.
With Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Triple H and Chris Jericho still fresh on people’s minds, the company could easily add more dates to each wrestler’s contract to make up for the loss of Cena if it’s for an extended period of time.
If the champion misses substantial time, the WWE has a talented group of full-time wrestlers and part-time stars to make the next few secondary pay-per-views intriguing enough to draw substantial buyrates.
At 36 years old, Cena is more apt to face injuries and must recover from them fully and in a proper manner. If that means the face of the WWE must take off a few weeks to return to full health, that’s the best long-term strategy for the company.
There is always a chance Cena’s injury is not severe and he misses no television or pay-per-view time, but if there is any feeling that this injury could lead to bigger issues, the WWE must do what’s best for the future and rest him.
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