After hinting that he may be able to return from injury in time to compete at “WrestleMania 32” on April 3, John Cena has revealed he will in fact not appear on the show. The announcement was made at a press conference to announce “WrestleMania 33” will be held in Orlando, Fla. in 2017.
“For the first time in a decade and a half, this year I will be watching and not wrestling at ‘WrestleMania,'” Cena admits.
Cena underwent shoulder surgery in January, only weeks after returning from a sabbatical from WWE to film the upcoming “American Grit.” While at the time many believe the surgery put his presence at “WrestleMania” in doubt, he later tweeted, “Gamble: take risky action in hope of a desired result. Time to gamble I think. It’s gonna be a risky next two weeks.”
That message led to speculation that Cena was attempting to return to the ring ahead of WWE’s biggest show of the year. Alas, that simply won’t be the case.
“WrestleMania 32” will be the first time Cena hasn’t competed on the “Grandest Stage of Them All” since defeating the Big Show for the United States Championship at “WrestleMania XX” in 2004.
There’s no word on when Cena will be able to wrestle again.