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    Thursday, January 7, 2016

    The Updated 2016 John Cena Injury Report Card

    You can't spell "worst case scenario" without the word "Cena," and that looks like exactly the case for the WWE as it kicks off 2016 with horrible injury news to its cornerstone talent.

    Hot off this morning's news that John Cena suffered a torn rotator cuff that may have him out of action all the way up until after SummerSlam, we figured now would be a great time to update our John Cena Injury Report card containing every single injury he's incurred throughout his legendary 14-year WWE career.

    Okay, so first question: How is the 38-year-old Cena even walking?

    Second, after the pressure cooker he's been through the past few years, what kind of motivation does he still have to grind through therapy, rehabilitation, and recovery to come back as the John Cena we know?

    In an interview with Men's Fitness a few years back, Cena had this to say about his overall attitude and commitment to the wrestling business:

    It’s obvious, I love the business. It’s not a matter of financial gain or loss. It’s a matter of passion, and everyone keeps asking me, “Well, when’s the transition coming?” There is no transition. If there’s a transition, it’s a lateral transition within this company to help mold the future of the company. I’ve been enamored of the business, and that’s not just in the ring. I love everything about it. Just the spontaneity of it all—I love it and I don’t want to be anywhere else.

    We don't doubt the man's conviction, but if this rotator cuff injury does in fact stretch to nine months of downtime, it will have been his longest layoff ever. Take note, this is a dude who came back from neck fusion in three months, an injury he describes in the same interview as his easiest ever.

    [Neck fusion] was the easiest. I walked out of the hospital that day. I went to TV that night. I did SmackDown that night.

    We know he devoutly believes in the mantra of "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect," and it sounds like to him, lazing off would be the ultimate sign of disloyalty and disrespect to the wrestling business. But shoulder injuries are notoriously tricky. Let's hope he can dig down one more time to bounce back stronger than ever.

    What do you think of Cena's latest injury, Henrinites? Is the real-life Superman of pro wrestling going to be able to make it back to his peak shape? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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