WWE Superstar John Cena Announces Disheartening News for the Fans

Published 02/02/2021, 6:45 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 21: John Cena speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)


There was a lot of hype around the return of John Cena through the Royal Rumble match and fans expected the 16-time World Champion to blast his way through the curtains yet again. 

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Unfortunately, Cena did not show up and neither did Brock Lesnar or CM Punk. Fans were dejected but this no-show but it was all shadowed by Edge who won the entire match in an emphatic fashion. 

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: John Cena wins his match against the Miz at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Now fans expect Cena to return at WrestleMania to lift up the event with his presence. Sadly, ‘The Cenator’ won’t be able to do this either. 

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In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, John Cena revealed how WrestleMania is completely out of the picture for him this year and that there is no possible way he can appear at the main show. 

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 14: Shay Shariatzadeh and John Cena are seen on January 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

“Currently, I’m in Vancouver shooting Peacemaker, the series for HBO Max,” said Cena. “Given the quarantine regulations, if I were to leave Canada, upon return I would have to quarantine for another two weeks. Essentially, that would shut production down. Strictly based on the letter of the law right now, there is no logistical way I can be there. We film now until July.”

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John Cena will be in the middle of a film shoot during WrestleMania

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: John Cena prepares for his fight against Seth Rollins at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

The former WWE Champion is optimistic about his current project with Peacemaker. He refuses to drop the opportunity and will continue on the next step in his Hollywood career.

“It’s a wonderful episodic show, and it’s an amazing opportunity. It’s a challenge I wanted, and I get to work with awesome people,” explained Cena. “James Gunn is writing and directing, which is amazing, and it’s something I couldn’t pass up.”

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson and John Cena in action during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

“It’s very difficult to say because I know it’s going to be disappointing for a lot of people, but according to the letter of regulation right now, there is no mathematical way I can be at WrestleMania this year,” admitted Cena. (H/T Sports Illustrated)

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A WrestleMania without Cena sounds hollow since the star has been showing up at the event for years now. It is however an opportunity for WWE to showcase its younger stars that are the future of WWE. 

John Cena during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

A WrestleMania without John Cena may be disappointing, but it sounds like a promise of the next generation. WWE will surely fill that void up efficiently. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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