John Cena Confirmed That He Won’t Be Wrestling At WrestleMania 32

WWE has officially announced that they’ll be heading to Orlando for WrestleMania 33. John Cena was at Tuesday’s press conference (because of course he was), where he wore a garish jacket that proves Nikki Bella was nowhere in the area. Also of note: Cena confirmed that his injury will keep him from wrestling this year at WrestleMania 32.

Cena said that he’s “been working very hard” to come back after shoulder surgery, but will not be competing. “For the first time in a decade and a half, this year I will be watching WrestleMania. WrestleMania means the world to me.”

This will be the first WrestleMania in 12 years without a John Cena match. Just think about that. That’s an entire preteen’s life. There are kids running around right now who don’t know a WrestleMania without Cena and that’s wild. I mean, think about what you were doing twelve years ago. Actually, you know what, none of us have time to get thrown into that kind of existential crisis, let’s focus on Cena.

Cena made his WrestleMania debut back in 2004 at WrestleMania XX (a misleadingly masculine ‘Mania) when he opened the show with a United States Championship match against Big Show. It’s a neat thing to look back on, mostly because it proves that:

a) indoor WrestleManias look weird as heck nowadays
b) John Cena being a heel and cheating to win is weird as heck nowadays
c) John Cena has literally always been strong as heck, not just nowadays

Oh man, that guy is gonna win so hard at WrestleMania 33.