John Cena confirmed in a Complex.com interview that he is medically cleared and was asked how close he is to returning to the ring. “If you ask me today, I should’ve been back two weeks ago,” Cena said. “I’ve logged almost 400 hours of physical therapy. I got 111 visits in 12 weeks time. I go every single second I can. People say I have a Wolverine-like style of recovery. I was given a nine month quota to come back and after three months I can tell you that I am ready to do anything asked of me possible. It’s a matter of when they call me.”
Cena was also asked why Roman Reigns hasn’t connected with the crowd. “I think he connects with every crowd,” he answered. “I study a lot of what we do. I study it very differently from most of my competitors. To say Roman Reigns isn’t connecting with an audience means you’re not listening. I’ve watched a lot of Roman Reigns and every single time I see him, I hear noise. He connects very well with our audience.”
Cena also said the WWE schedule is not to blame for the recent injuries. “No, I think its coincidence. Speaking as a guy who’s 13 years into it, I don’t think the schedule has anything to do with it. WWE is open about it: If you need time off, you just ask for it. I just never liked time off. It’s truly a coincidence. Injury is part of our profession. It’s part of what we do.” Read the full interview at Complex.com.
Powell’s POV: The big news is Cena confirming that he is medically cleared, meaning he could play a physical role at WrestleMania or on Monday’s WWE Raw. I strongly disagree with him about the schedule not being an issue that needs to be addressed. I know he’s the ultimate company guy, but I know wrestlers who fear that there would be repercussions if they asked for time off. That said, it’s amazing that Cena put in as much work as he did and received medical clearance in time for WrestleMania. I hope he gets a hero’s welcome on Sunday as a tip of the cap for how hard this guy worked to appear on the biggest show of the year. Cena also spoke at lengthy about his new FOX show “American Grit” that premieres on April 14.
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