The biggest WWE superstar of the past decade is set to return from injury. After a two-mont hiatus, John Cena will come back on Oct.27 at the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View.
On the most recent edition of “Monday Night Raw,” Vickie Guerrero made the shocking announcement that the 11-time WWE champion would have a match with Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight title. Cena hasn't wrestled since SummerSlam.
“You heard it on #RAW,@WWE Universe. Hell in a Cell vs. @VivaDelRiofor the WHC. The Champ is... Back! #EvenStronger,” tweeted Cena.
Cena’s return comes as a surprise, considering he underwent surgery to repair a partial triceps tear in late August. His projected recovery time was set at four-six months. It was expected that he wouldn’t step into the ring again until the 2014 Royal Rumble.
Since he joined the WWE in 2002, Cena has had a history of recovering quickly from injuries. In 2007, a torn pectoral muscle was expected to keep him out for over half a year, but he came back in just three months to win the Royal Rumble.
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The WWE has been feeling the effects of being without its top wrestler. Cena’s return comes at a time when the company’s ratings have been falling, and the most recent PPV, Battleground, was panned by most critics and fans.
There had been rumors last month that Cena would return to WWE television in October, even if he wasn’t healthy. However, the 36-year-old tweeted that he wouldn’t come back until he was ready to wrestle.
“Despite gossip from 'so called' @WWEUniverse@WWE 'insiders' I am NOT returning 2 b a mouthpiece. I WILL return 2 b a CHAMPION.”
Cena is usually in the WWE championship picture, but he hasn’t fought for the World Heavyweight title in quite some time. He last held the belt when he defeated Edge and Big Show at WrestleMania 25. Del Rio has been champ since June 16.
The Aug.19 edition of “Raw” was the last time Cena appeared on WWE. The night before was his most recent match, in which he lost the WWE title to Daniel Bryan.