I've seen reports that Cena was fine but I'm not so sure!? Anyone heard any updates in the last few days? If you saw the Smackdown Rumble he was gently eliminated by the Big Show and had a noticeable limp. Apparently at the house show over the weekend he was held out of matches and played a small role where he was gored by Ryhno before Bradshaw beat Ryhno in a match. Anyone know anything else?
They don't think it's serious, but I believe they're just taking it easy with him to be sure.
They have decided to play it up on TV; I don't think Cena needed the kneebrace on SmackDown, but that and the limp was part of making it more of an angle. And carrying TV angles over to house shows is one of those things they've been trying to do better - guys have been told to sell the injuries they get on TV in front of fans on the weekends. Really hurt or not, keeping Cena to a mininium follows that policy.
Total speculation (based on having done a very similar thing to myself ... uh ... on more than one clumsy occasion):
Since they're not shipping him off to surgery, it's probably strained to some degree, but not torn. It's probably swollen to some degree, which can limit the range of motion. The doctor probably strongly suggested using a knee brace somewhat restricting the range of motion to keep it from getting further injured, until the swelling goes down, & it makes some progress healing -- anywhere from 2-6 weeks, depending on how bad it is. If that's what the injury is, then 6 weeks of restricted activity (from the date of the injury) is probably the worst case, as long as he's a good boy & doesn't damage it any more. So, questionable for a major match at No Way Out, but should be fine for Mania.
Even if he has no feeling in it at all, and has to make up excuses to explain why rats keep gathering and knawing at the dead limb, he's not going to admit to anything more than he has to because anything that needs surgery would take him out of WM20, and there goes probably the best payday he's ever going to see. For all he knows his push could die out the week after WM because fans get sick of him, and then there goes his career. This isn't a career that says "You can be on top whenever you want". When your time is up, it's up, and you're done making money.
I think with Cena we're seeing one of those cases where the guy really works more than he should when hurt. He'll probably take time off after WM to get surgery done like Angle did last year if he can hold out.
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Originally posted by Tribal ProphetEven if he has no feeling in it at all, and has to make up excuses to explain why rats keep gathering and knawing at the dead limb, [...]
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I absolutely agree with your main point. The tricky bit, as I see it, is in the "impact assessment" & tradeoffs persuant thereto. (Damn, I have been talking to a lot of MBAs lately, haven't I?) Kurt is a great example at the "worst case" end of the spectrum. For his injury, before he found Dr. Jho, his surgery would have been a fusion, gone for at least a year, & possibly career ending. Period. No doubt he'd want to postpone that as long as possible. The other end of the spectrum is the nearly-routine "get your knee scoped" type thing, like Shelton had recently. That's surgery, but if the damage is straightforward, you can be back in 6 weeks (or less, like Shelton was), pain-free, full mobility, no restrictions.
(IMO, having done 2 of the 3 to my very own self, & having come very close to the 3rd...) The top 3 most likely things that happened to John's knee:
1) Strained ligament(s) -- no surgery, wear the brace, restrict range of motion, etc. -- should be OK (or at least no worse) within 6 weeks of the injury date
2) Torn ligament -- depends on the severity, probably needs surgery, although sometimes they can do it arthroscopically -- generally 6 weeks to several months -- might be able to work around it, depending on how bad the tear is, but he'd need to wear a brace, & it would significantly impact the things he can do (like lifting heavy objects over his head!)
3) Torn cartilage -- "scope it" -- should be fine in 4-6 weeks from surgery date
Soooo, it really depends on what he's got going on in there.
I'd say it's not serious. I partially tore my MCL and partially tore my meniscus(chondromalacia?). My knee was horribly swollen and I was out for weeks. It never got better and just had an arthroscopy. If he had hurt it badly at all, he wouldn't be walking. It really depends on the ligament too. ACL or PCL, you're F'ed. It's probly all bruised up and needs some PT and some ultra sounds and some ice and stim.
Good luck to ya John.
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