When it was announced that John Cena had torn his triceps and would need to undergo surgery to repair the damage, the early estimates on his recovery time were somewhere between four to six months. Within WWE, the belief was he would be back by the time the Royal Rumble comes around in late January of next year.
Instead, the Cenation leader is returning in just two months time for a still unexplained world heavyweight championship match against Alberto Del Rio at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) on Oct. 27, 2013, in Miami, Florida.
So how did he manage to recover in such a short period of time? WWE.com has the story on it here, and below is an excerpt:
WWE.COM: This is much sooner than many WWE fans were expecting to see you back. The timetable indicated you'd be away from the ring for four to six months. It's been two. Is it hard for you to stay away?
JOHN CENA: Of course, I think if any active Superstar tells you differently, they should rethink their profession. For most people, being injured and having surgery is a very difficult experience. They may spend a little bit of time loafing around or feeling sorry for themselves. I get to work right away. I just, literally, follow the rules. I go to physical therapy like I should. It becomes my job. When my job isn't performing in a WWE ring, my job is to get back performing in that ring. When I'm hurt, all I have to do all day is get strong and get better. I'm a very dedicated physical therapy patient and that helps a lot.
WWE.COM: Is there something special about your body that you're able to recover from your injuries so quickly? You always seem to return much sooner than expected.
CENA: Please don't spread the rumor that I'm some kind of real-life X-Man or something like that. The reason that surgeons give those timetables is because they obviously want to err on the side of caution. They don't want the operation going badly. They basically take all the operations they've done and come up with a medium timeframe to recover. That's why it was four to six months.
WWE.COM: Are you at all surprised that you're coming back so quickly?
CENA: No, I'm happy with the way everything has gone. I didn't feel too bad when the injury happened. It started to really be a pain in my neck about two weeks before SummerSlam. I had to tell the greatest surgeon in the world that I have a physical therapy team that I'm extremely familiar with. In doing therapy, it's good to know that the therapist will push you. A lot of times, people are reserved or maybe scared of testing what your body is capable of. I'm not. I have complete faith in my surgeon. When it was time to test range of motion a little bit or test strength a little bit, a lot of people - if it's their first surgery - they want to wait a few weeks before they do that. I kind of want to say, "Hey I got a new arm. Let's see how it works."
There's much more at WWE.com, so check it out here.
It should be noted that multiple reports have stated there is no plan in place for this to be a one-off appearance later this month, meaning he won't wrestle and end up suffering a kayfabe injury to write him off TV again. He is currently scheduled to work the same schedule he was on before he went on hiatus.
And that's that.