This past Monday night, John Cena made his return to the flagship show, Raw, announcing his intentions on taking part in this year’s Royal Rumble match. It is interesting to see what route Cena will take heading towards WrestleMania 35 due in part to his lighter schedule.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter gave fans that very insight recently. However it is one that may not even happen at all.
With the Lars Sullivan vignettes that have been airing on WWE programming the past couple of months, it’s telling that there are big plans in place for the transitioning NXT star. Those plans have possibly included feuding with the sixteen time World Champion at WrestleMania 35.
Dave Meltzer believed that those plans would have started as early as the Royal Rumble with Sullivan coming out as a major player after the feud would culminate at the grand spectacle.
Normally many storylines can be changed due to differences or something along those lines. This time, there has been talk that Sullivan may have been suffering from anxiety attacks, to which explains why he has not made his debut on WWE programming yet.
Anxiety is a underrated mental illness that can cause those that are suffering their livelihood if not handled. It threatens jobs, relationships and can cause damage mentally and physically.
Sullivan was scheduled to appear in a dark match prior to Raw airing, however that did not happen. It’s known that other NXT talent, EC3 and Lacey Evans respectively, worked dark matches prior to the Main Event tapings.
Sullivan was reportedly rescheduled to appear for Smackdown, but that didn’t happen either. The well-known tag team Heavy Machinery worked a match that night as well. It is said that Sullivan has returned home and that plans for him remain up in the air after this week.
The company has taken a more understanding approach when it comes to mental illness. Following the episode of Mauro Ranallo last year (who suffers from bipolar disorder), mental illnesses have proven to be something that needs to be handled intricately even now.
Fans can also recall the Chris Benoit murder-suicide that rocked the pro wrestling industry almost twelve years ago, which resulted in the development of the Wellness Program.
With that being said, Sullivan found himself meddled in controversy months ago when defamatory posts he made on a bodybuilding forum came to light. Whether that plays a part in his anxiety woes is uncertain.
If you or someone you know needs information about mental health and treatment, the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Helpline can be reached at 1-800-950-6264, or at this link.