The hype continues to build for Royal Rumble 2017, and one of the favorites to win is John Cena. The WWE icon has been out of the wrestling ring for quite some time due to Hollywood commitments. It looks like he will be out longer.
John Cena evolving into another ‘Rock’?
To recall, John Cena has been out as of late as he works on the second season of “American Grit.” He was a no-show at the WWE Survivor Series. Many were expecting him to return soon before the battle royale set for January 2017 in San Antonio.
John Cena and Chris Jericho were among the favorites to win the 2017 Royal Rumble, something linked to WWE storylines, Forbes reported. The WWE creative team may need to alter some scripts with the Cenation leader’s new Hollywood deal.
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John Cena will join Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz as main stars for Kay Cannon’s directorial debut project titled “The Pact.” The comedy is about three parents trying to save their three daughters from losing their virginities on prom night, Variety reported.
That said, Cena may slowly be following the footsteps of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Johnson started out in the same way and eventually hit it big on the big screen. Aside from “The Pact,” Cena has starred in several previous flicks like “12 Rounds,” “The Marine” and “Trainwreck.”
Bad News for WWE creative team
In light of these developments, the best time for John Cena to return will likely be at Wrestlemania 33. However, all this may affect plans for him to tie Ric Flair’s record of 16 world titles.
Before the Hollywood opportunity came up, word was out that Cena would win and once again face WWE heavyweight champion AJ Styles for the title. All that may have been doused with Cena linked to a marquee matchup with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 33 in April 2017.