John Cena deserves some props for this one.
Last night's (Nov. 19, 2012) episode of Monday Night Raw saw him roll his ankle, apparently unintentionally, and injure himself in some form or another. WWE played it up as a knee injury, a potentially torn meniscus to be precise. Because they focused on it so heavily during the show, complete with slo-mo video replays and backstage segments, fans cried work.
But Cena actually sold for this better than he's ever sold anything in his life, leading many to believe that while he may have originally meant to fake an injury, an actual injury occurred.
Turns out, it was a work all along.
That's the word from the Wrestling Observer Radio Show, who noted that WWE wants Cena to go into his planned match against Dolph Ziggler at the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) with the odds stacked against him and in a situation where fans can buy that Ziggler might actually beat him because they wouldn't otherwise.
Which is true mostly because, as my colleague Keith Harris has pointed out, Ziggler has been losing both on TV and PPV for months now. That's the problem with Ziggler jobbing all the time, he never really gains any credibility.
Cena gave on update on his injury and MRI plan today on Twitter:
"MRI was typical good news bad news scenario. I've dealt with knees issues for the past few yrs, ill add one more to that list..... I know the risks of what can happen to me and I'm willing to play the odds. #nevergiveup c u 2nite grand rapids."
And now the work is obvious.