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WWE NEWS: Update - John Cena injured according to WWE

Apr 28, 2013 - 12:43:45 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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Update: John Cena tweeted Sunday afternoon: "Finally home from a great European tour. I'm banged up, but I'm not going to miss Monday Night #Raw."

WWE champion John Cena suffered an ankle injury on the European Tour, according to WWE's website. WWE did not reveal the severity of the claimed injury.

WWE reported: "Cena sustained an injury during WWE's European tour. The WWE Champion injured his right Achilles tendon while battling Ryback."

WWE framed the injury - whether legitimate or not - as potentially affecting Cena's title defense against Ryback at the Extreme Rules PPV in May.

It sets up Cena to be a "vulnerable champion" and the title to be in jeopardy at Extreme Rules, creating doubts about the match outcome. This is especially necessary because most people believe Cena will have a long title reign and because Ryback has yet to win a "big match" during his six-month run that started in October.

Concerning Monday's Raw episode, Cena and Ryback are scheduled to face The Shield in a handicap match on the first show back from the European Tour. WWE did not address Cena's status for that match.

Caldwell's Analysis: If - if - the injury is legitimate, it's another sign of Cena's body feeling the effects of running full-time on the WWE schedule for over ten years. The Achilles injury, his age, and Cena's longevity as the #1 star should draw comparisons to L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Bryant and Cena are in the same age-range, have been the #1 star for their respective organizations for several years, and have pushed through several injuries during their careers. This one ended Kobe's season after he pushed hard the entire season, and it remains to be seen if Cena's injury is legit and if it's serious.

[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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