The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that major talent is expected to return just in time for WrestleMania season. WWE has been short on main eventers as of late, with Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, and Batista out of action, but all three are rumored to be returning to competition just in time for biggest season in wresting.
Bryan and Reigns were taken out of active competition due to injury. Bryan underwent neck surgery in May and has been rehabilitating ever since. Initially, Bryan’s progress was regressing and it was believed that he would need further surgery. However, strength began returning to his arm and he is one of the superstars expected to return around December of 2014 or January of 2015.
Reigns had emergency hernia surgery on Sept. 20 just one day prior to “Night Of Champions,” causing him to be removed from the event. After evaluation, it was announced that Reigns would likely miss between 6-12 weeks. WWE will likely allow more time for Reigns to recover so that he will be at 100% when he returns to action, as he is currently the man WWE officials believe will be the next huge babyface, potentially to replace John Cena. Looking at the timetable for Reigns’ return, it may not be until the 2015 “Royal Rumble” PPV that ruler of the Roman Empire steps back into the ring.
Batista, who was last seen inside of a WWE ring on June 2, has been off celebrating the success of his latest film, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Although “The Animal” was originally slated to return in the Fall of 2014, recent reports claim that Batista may not return until early 2015. The former champion has signed on for more movie roles and his representatives want him to stop wrestling altogether, which has led to Batista questioning his future as a 45 year-old man in the ring. He has expressed that he would love to work with Triple H upon returning in a retirement match at WrestleMania, which could happen if he is to return at the beginning of 2015.
Other superstars such as Bad News Barrett are also expected to return near January. Barrett has been recovering from a shoulder injury over the last three months and may be back in action as early as December. Chris Jericho just finished a run with the company on Sept. 21, but may return around “Royal Rumble” time to continue working for WWE, much like Rob Van Dam who ended his latest run during the Summer. Van Dam could also make his return during the “Royal Rumble” event, adding more sure-fire star power to a seriously lacking roster.
It would be awesome to see main event talent return and add some more options to the upper-card, as the only major players currently are John Cena, Brock Lesnar (who’s barely there), Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and now Dean Ambrose.