However, while Cena is still expected to be at the biggest 2019 PPV of the year in WrestleMania, he will not wrestle tonight at the Royal Rumble.
The WWE broke the news on their official website, although it should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed recent WWE news.
John Cena completed a three-week jaunt with the WWE, which included a mixed tag match on SmackDown Live, where he put over Becky Lynch, and a multi-man match on Monday Night Raw to determine who faced Brock Lesnar tonight at the Royal Rumble.
John Cena not only lost the multi-man match, but Finn Balor pinned Cena to earn the spot, with Cena putting Balor over as the next big thing in the WWE.
However, the WWE also reported that John Cena injured his ankle in the match and was questionable for the Royal Rumble. He is now officially ruled out.
There are rumors that this was always the plan. However, originally the debuting Lars Sullivan was supposed to attack John Cena and take him out of the match, leading to them fighting at WrestleMania 35. Those plans changed when Sullivan began to suffer anxiety attacks after his WWE call up.
The real reason that John Cena pulled out of the 2019 Royal Rumble PPV was due to his movie schedule. He can’t wrestle when he shoot movies due to his contracts in Hollywood protecting the movies from possible injury concerns.
John Cena is preparing to appear in a new Netflix movie with Jason Bateman, and Cena himself said that he was leaving after his current run to start a new movie project. The movie will see Cena trapped in a movie studio when sets come to life.
With John Cena pulling out of the 2019 WWE men’s Royal Rumble match, there are still 11 spots open and surprises could be in store for the WWE Universe.