John Cena returned just after 2 months out to win the World Heavyweight Title in stunning fashion.
Cena returned Sunday night, winning the World Heavyweight Title belt from Alberto Del Rio at the “Hell in a Cell” pay-per-view, just more than two months after Cena announced he would be out 4-6 months due to a real-life torn triceps that required surgery.
Cena entering the world heavyweight title picture was a huge shot in the arm for a belt whose identity has been unclear. For years, the WWE championship was largely the “Monday Night Raw” title and the world heavyweight title the “Friday Night SmackDown” championship.
But with WWE stars now working both shows again, the world title status has dwindled. At WrestleMania XXIX, the WWE championship match between The Rock and Cena was the main event, and the world title match between champion Del Rio and challenger Jack Swagger wasn’t even one of the three featured matches.
Del Rio’s most recent feud, with Rob Van Dam, further clouded the title’s importance because it was well known Vam Dam was working under a short-term WWE contract and that a title change was unlikely.
But at Hell in a Cell, the title change happened emphatically, when Cena dodged a Del Rio cross armbreaker attempt and hit Del Rio with the attitude adjustment finisher for the win.