For nearly 6 months, Rusev has been out of action with a shoulder injury which he got back in Febuary, resulting in Rusev having to undergo surgery on March 9th, which also lead to him missing WrestleMania 33.

We also haven’t seen John Cena on our television screen since WrestleMania 33, where he and Nikki Bella defeated The Miz and Maryse, leading to John Cena proposing to Nikki Bella at the event.

Dave Meltzer noted on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the current plan is to have Rusev interrupt John Cena’s July 4th return on next week’s SmackDown Live, leading to a match between the two at Battleground this year.

Do you think this is just another stepping stone for the 16 time world champion? Or do you think Rusev may have a chance?


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