While watching Raw last night, we learned that eternal King of the WWE-mountain John Cena is set to return at Hell In a Cell on October 27th after missing significant time off to repair a torn triceps. Cena’s send-off (from fans) wasn’t exactly smooth, but he deserves respect for his mass appeal, work ethic, and respect for the business. Still, after handing off the reigns to Daniel Bryan on the Raw after Summerslam, it was widely accepted that we wouldn’t see Cena until somewhere around the Royal Rumble. According to Vickie Guerrero, plans have changed, as Cena’s set to return at Hell In A Cell to face off with Alberto Del Rio. Like him or hate him, his return (whether now or later) will be a huge deal in the world of wrestling. After hearing of the news, WNZ readers took to the comments and your opinions were insightful, unique, and clever. Here’s what you said about Cena’s impending return: (as of midday October 8th, 2013)

Backstage News on AJ’s injury and Cena’s return, AJ & Tamina

Devon:
I like Cena but it’s way too [damn] early for him to return.

Dheena Engira Dinesh:
Rey Mysterio is returning Next Week ..So He May Be Challenging ADR at Hell in a cell and cena is just for angle

Jacob’s Verbal Fist:
Nah, Cena will be replaced by Bruno. He’ll win the title at age 78!! #RussoBooking

 

Big Show Update, Former Divas reunite, Post-Raw reaction

tt2000:
He’s not. (in response to a question of why Cena’s returning so early)

 

WWE Raw in a Nutshell

Tyler Drummond
If Cena wins the World Title dont be surprised if we dont see it on Smackdown. Especially with Bryan or Orton being the next WWE Champion and both of them being on SD. We could be in for another “switch”. Like from 2008.

Sean Patrick (in response to the above comment)
Feels like this whole thing is a way to put the WHC on Cena and have him oull the SD ratings out of the crapper. It then leads to a nice Champion vs. Champion angle between him and Bryan as enemies AND partners, simialr to Cena and HBK. Maybe Team ADRKO for the heels??

 

Raw Play by Play

Brandon Wise
Hmmm Cena must be a very fast healer. Gonna help Smackdown a lot though.

Charles Smith
Damn I was hoping we wouldn’t see Cena until 2014.

Joseph Douglas
Dammit!! So much for enjoying wrestling without Cena. I was looking forward to another 4 or 5 months without him. Now he is going to win his 14 world title. What a disgrace. Flair won 16 in a career that spanned decades while Cena has won 13 since 2005.

Just Pro
Was hoping for wade barrett… How the heck does Cena get a shot? He did nothing to earn it? I mean what about pushing future stars like Barrett and have him get in there as the repackaged guy… WTF… Was hoping Cena won’t be back till wrestlemania only make sense for him to help Bryan against the authority… WWE fails again… UGH

JMD (in response to above comment)
wwe probably realizes ADR isn’t too over….and panicked by bringing john back at least a month ahead of schedule.

happy for him if hes a fast healer, but it’s not always good to rush back from injury.

 

What we learned on Raw

TheJRock890
If Cena returns, we riot!

Actually, Del Rio isn’t much better. I don’t know what to do with my angst. I don’t like Del Rio, but I don’t want to see Cena come back this early. I like WWE without him in a Main Event scene, hogging spotlight.

I thought they’d elevate some younger talent while he was away. I liked the youth movement.

xXwindsofchangeXx  in response to TheJRock890
I actually don’t mind Cena coming back for this instance because it will help the WHC to matter again and he’s not chasing the WWE Title. That, and he’s not making a ‘surprise’ return at the Royal Rumble, which would have been eye-rollingly predictable. Depth is an issue for the WHC. Always has been. Obviously, Bryan and Orton are feuding, you’ve got Punk feuding with Heyman/Ryback/Axel, Cody (who would be the next logical guy to elevate) and Goldust aren’t done with the Shield yet, Jericho’s still away, Sheamus is hurt, Mark Henry’s hurt, Rey Mysterio’s hurt and might not ever be back… I think WWE wants Sandow to cash in on someone that matters.

What I’d like to see happen is Cena beat Alberto Del Rio for the title, then have Del Rio hit the Cross Armbreaker on Cena’s injured arm, which is a surefire way to get Del Rio some heat (possibly with the option of giving Cena two more months off to sell the injury and heal for the RR), have Sandow cash in on Cena and win the WHC and feud in the months following with either Rhodes or Ziggler, who have both pinned Sandow since Sandow won the briefcase.

No doubt that the court of public opinion on Cena’s return is as diverse as it is expansive, but xXwindsofchangeXx brings up a great point. This scenario of Sandow cashing in works out for all parties involved and takes Cena back off TV for a few months to A: complete rehab and B. give fans a break from the constant Cena overexposure that they were overcoming with him off television. When you realize that Cena’s return could be a veiled way of helping Sandow actualize his star potential, then Cena’s return isn’t so grating or detrimental. Sure, they could have brought Christian back, created a 6-pack challenge to show off younger mid-carders, or had Rey Mysterio/Mark Henry square off with Del Rio (Henry’s healthy and Rey would be able to return by the end of October according to reports) but having Sandow beat an injured Cena to become WHC does a number of things:

-turns a legion of marks against him,

-brings him good heat as a heel champion,

-takes Cena back off the air to continue rehab and rest,

-and opens the door for feuds that will really embody the essence of the youth movement that is occurring in the wake of Cena’s injury.

This scenario would be perfect for the WWE: it creates new top stars in Sandow, Rhodes, and Ziggler, alleviates Cena’s overexposure while using his starpower, and keeps the Main Event scene fresh for fans, whether they are marks, smarks, or anything in between. While the scenario described by xXwindsofchangeXx is a panacea to most of the issues surrounding the WHC, we can only hope that the WWE will be wise enough to use it.

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