John Cena officially out of WWE Royal Rumble

John Cena is officially out of tonight’s Royal Rumble match.

On the WWE Now preview show for tonight’s pay-per-view, it was announced that Cena won’t be in the Royal Rumble. WWE had been advertising Cena as “questionable” for the PPV due to a supposed left ankle injury.

WWE claimed that the injury happened while Cena was facing Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor, and Baron Corbin in a fatal four-way match on the January 14 episode of Raw. They had also stated that Cena aggravated the injury while training at the gym.

Dave Meltzer wrote about Cena’s status for the Royal Rumble in last week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter: “The story going around is that Cena was never to be in the Rumble in the first place, but with a stadium to fill, they advertised Cena, similar to advertising Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman, another match never actually planned, to help sell tickets. As the story goes, Cena was scheduled to be injured by Lars Sullivan at Raw last week, but that all changed because Sullivan is out on leave.”

With Cena out, there are now 19 entrants confirmed for the men’s Rumble:

R-Truth (will enter at number 30 as a stipulation of winning Mixed Match Challenge)
Drew McIntyre
Big E
Kofi Kingston
Xavier Woods
Seth Rollins
Jeff Hardy
Dean Ambrose
Samoa Joe
Bobby Lashley
Baron Corbin
Jinder Mahal
Apollo Crews
Rey Mysterio
Mustafa Ali
Titus O’Neil
Randy Orton

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