John Cena announced on Wednesday via twitter that he would be undergoing shoulder surgery that would keep him out of action as WWE heads to Royal Rumble 2016 :
Rather upside down start to 2016 as tomorrow I will head to Birmingham for shoulder surgery. Life's full of set backs but #nevergiveup— John Cena (@JohnCena) January 7, 2016
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According to a report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Cena’s injury—possibly a torn rotator cuff—and recovery timetable could force him to miss WWE’s biggest event. With the company looking to sell out AT&T Stadium for WrestleMania 32 and set an attendance record, this could be a massive blow to the anticipation surrounding the annual show.
This would be the first Wrestlemania without Cena wrestling on the show, since he made his Wrestlemania debut back in 2004.
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His last match came on December 30th at a WWE live event against United States Champion Alberto Del Rio. He did not appear on RAW but did appear on SmackDown but did not wrestle.
Cena was a legitimate contender to win the Royal Rumble 2016 match this year. Wrestling fans are waiting for the 15-time champion to finally earn another world title and match Ric Flair’s record of 16, and doing it in a Battle Royal would have been a distinct possibility.
Not only Injury to Cena will remove one of the biggest fan favorites from television each week, but it also takes one of the top stars in the sport out of the Royal Rumble match itself, weakening what could be a lackluster group of entrants without him.
From a long-term perspective, this hurts WWE from a marketing perspective the most. Cena is a public relations blessing for the company, and dealing with shoulder surgery and a proper recovery will keep him off the television and media circuits.