It looks like WWE might be without their biggest superstar when they try to pack over 100,000 fans into AT&T Stadium on April 3. John Cena revealed that he will undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday, and reports indicate that he likely won’t be able to have a match at WrestleMania 32.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Cena is suffering from a torn rotator cuff. The injury is expected to keep him out between six and nine months.
Rather upside down start to 2016 as tomorrow I will head to Birmingham for shoulder surgery. Life's full of set backs but #nevergiveup
— John Cena (@JohnCena) January 7, 2016
Cena hasn’t wrestled in the new year, having recently returned from a two-month hiatus. His last match on WWE TV came against Alberto Del Rio on the Dec. 28 edition of “Monday Night Raw.” He appeared at the “SmackDown” taping on Tuesday, but didn’t have a match.
The injury could cause WWE to make major changes to the top of the WrestleMania 32 card. Rumors circulated months ago that Cena was likely headed for a match with The Undertaker. There had also been speculation that Cena could face Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 32 after possibly winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble.
Cena has been WWE’s top star for a decade, and he’s had a match at every WrestleMania since WrestleMania 20 when he won the United States Championship. Since 2006, Cena has been in the main event of WrestleMania five times.
The 15-time world champion has been known to recover quickly from injuries and return much sooner than expected, but it seems unlikely to happen this time around with WrestleMania 32 less than three months away. Cena joins a list of several WWE superstars that are battling significant injuries. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Cesaro might all miss the biggest pay-per-view of 2016 because of injuries.