I was just saying the other day that if one more top WWE superstar goes down with an injury, the company might be cooked. Last night the company's worst fears were realized when WWE Champion John Cena suffered a torn pectoral tendon in his match. He will not perform at this Sunday's pay-per-view and his record 13 month title reign is over. This is a devestating blow to the WWE. The top draw on the A show is going to be out 6-8 months and will likely miss Wrestlemania.
It's fair to say that they are in full panic mode over in Stamford, CT. For the umpteenth time this year, all storyline plans will have to be scrapped and they must start from scratch. But the bigger problem is that Cena's injury is likely to deal a huge blow to house show revenue. Without him as the top draw on the card, and with so many other superstars like Shawn Michaels, Edge and Bobby Lashley still out, RAW house shows are in serious danger of tanking.
So what do you do now if you're Vince McMahon and your meal ticket has been sidelined at a very inopportune time? For one thing you need to close the deal with Chris Jericho and get him back on tv sooner than you had wanted to. Another serious option is to bring a top star from Smackdown over to RAW. As of right now Smackdown looks like it has more top talent than RAW so a shift is very feasible.
But the biggest mystery is who will take over the company's top spot? Cena cannot carry the show anymore and won't be available to main event at Wrestlemania. I know they didn't want to do this so quickly, but they have no more options; they need to give the ball to their most dependable guy right now. Though Randy Orton may walk away from this Sunday's pay-per-view as the champion, get ready for them to put the Triple H push into overdrive. A HHH-Orton rivalry at the top of the card now seems inevitable. Expect to see HHH win his 11th championship before Wrestlemania, as had originally been planned. And my guess is that the new Wrestlemania 24 main event will almost certainly be Triple H & Shawn Michaels. With Cena out, I don't think they'll be too keen on trying to draw a big buyrate with Kennedy in the main event; Kennedy is also likely to be in the doghouse for botching the hip toss that injured Cena. Furthermore, HHH and HBK are in line to take over talent development once Vince steps down; they have a lot of pull backstage. Finally the fans know that a HHH-HBK main event will be a sensational match that will be worth the price.
I guess the Cena haters of the world finally got what they wanted, but even they couldn't have wanted it to happen this way.