World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

BY Alex Giannini

October 07, 2013

After an almost two-month hiatus due to injury, John Cena will return to the ring much quicker than expected for an opportunity to claim his third World Heavyweight Title against reigning champion Alberto Del Rio.Battleground

Cena hasn’t been seen in WWE since the Aug. 19 episode of Raw, when the former WWE Champion announced that, due to a partial triceps tear, he’d have to undergo surgery. Despite the projected four-to-six month recovery time commonly associated with such an injury, the Cenation leader will be ready for battle at WWE Hell in a Cell.

The stunning announcement came on the Oct. 7 episode of Raw, when SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero dropped the news on a furious Del Rio — to the delight of the WWE Universe, of course. And that’s to say nothing of Cena, who tweeted his excitement after the announcement.

You heard it on #RAW, @WWE Universe. Hell in a Cell vs. @VivaDelRio for the WHC. The Champ is… Back! #EvenStronger — John Cena (@JohnCena) October 8, 2013

But Cena’s ahead-of-schedule return to the ring shouldn’t come as a surprise to any member of the WWE Universe familiar with his trademark characteristics of fortitude and leadership. The former champion has made a career of exceeding expectations, and Cena’s early return may well prove disastrous for the Mexican Champion’s title reign.

With Del Rio at the top of his game after back-to-back pay-per-view victories over the incomparable Rob Van Dam, and Cena’s layoff likely to cause some “ring rust,” does the titleholder have a major step up on his challenger? Or will Cena once again find a way to rise above and lay claim to the World Heavyweight Championship?

Find out Sunday, Oct. 27, at 8 ET/5 PT, when WWE Hell in a Cell descends on pay-per-view!