COMMENTARY | In this era of professional wrestling, real surprises are about as common as hour-long time limit draws.
But the WWE delivered a shocking surprise when Vickie Guerrero announced that World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio would defend his title against John Cena at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on October 27, 2013. Cena had been out of action since undergoing triceps surgery in August. Early reports indicated that Cena would be out of action until January, which is why the announcement made on WWE Raw was so shocking.
To conclude that John Cena is completely healthy in half the time that previously had been predicted may not be necessary. As much as I love pro wrestling, I am fully aware that the WWE is scripted entertainment. While athletes in other sports may not have returned so quickly from Cena's injury and surgery, there are ways around these problems in wrestling.
John Cena will be facing an experienced, talented opponent at Hell in a Cell. Alberto Del Rio is well versed in the art of making his attacks appear vicious while not inflicting real damage. The WWE bookers can also script a match that won't put Cena's injury at any real risk. If Cena were wrestling on the independent scene against a young opponent with which he's not familiar, he would likely wait until he's completely healed to return to the ring.
John Cena's early return at Hell in a Cell is also a sign that the WWE misses its top draw. The last two pay-per-views have had interesting storyline endings that furthered current WWE angles. But some wrestling fans aren't happy that the WWE Championship is still vacant. If fans were complaining about the lack of a clear winner at Sunday's pay-per-view main event, then Cena's surprise return may have been a quick decision to generate interest in Hell in a Cell.
When John Cena left to have surgery, I predicted that the WWE would miss him a lot more than his "haters" thought it would. There's a reason why Cena (and not Randy Orton) is the real face of the WWE. Cena generates revenue through merchandise sales, brings positive publicity for granting wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and incites intense crowd reactions, both positive and negative.
While many wrestling fans are assuming that Hell in a Cell will begin John Cena's next title reign, I'm not convinced that will be the case. Cena's appearance at Hell in a Cell and the upcoming Raws to promote the event may be just a quick fix for ratings and buy rates. Don't be surprised if Alberto Del Rio "reinjures" Cena to give him more time off to fully heal, which could also help the reigning World Heavyweight Champion draw heat and get over as a heel.
Again, John Cena is proving to be the most valuable wrestler in the WWE. I just hope he stays healthy at Hell in a Cell while saving the day in the WWE once again.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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