John Cena’s Ankle Injury in WWE is Fake: Fact Check

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John Cena’s Ankle Injury in WWE is Fake


John Cena’s Injury in WWE Before Royal Rumble 2019 is Fake

Fact Check:

A viral message online claims that the famous wrestler John Cena’s Injury in WWE before the Royal Rumble 2019 is Fake. It’s a fact that John Cena did appear to injure his Ankle in a match days before Royal Rumble 2019. However, the claim that the injury is serious – ruling him out of wrestling match Royal Rumble 2019 – is not a fact.

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About John Cena’s Ankle Injury

Few hours before the 30-man Royal Rumble 2019 match on 27th January in Phoenix, WWE announced on its official website that John Cena will not be competing. It said the 16-time world champion is ruled out of the Men’s WWE Royal Rumble 2019 because of his ankle injury. Cena could not recover sufficiently in time, it said. Earlier on 14th January, during a Monday Night RAW match, Cena apparently suffered the ankle injury when Drew McIntyre had him in the ankle lock. After the No1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way Match against Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Finn Balor, Cena limped out of the ring. In an update video on John Cena’s status, WWE also reported John re-aggravated his ankle injury during his training session. Shortly afterwards, WWE announcer Cathy Kelley revealed that Braun Strowman will replace John Cena in the Rumble.

Storyline Reason in Royal Rumble 2019

Firstly, there are no credible reports about John Cena’s Ankle Injury really ruling him out of Royal Rumble 2019. Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE journalist Dave Meltzer claimed that John Cena’s ankle injury is not real. Although his name appeared on promo material, people in WWE never really expected Cena to participate in the Rumble, he added. As a matter of fact, John Cena is featured in a family comedy movie called ‘Playing with Fire,’ whose production starts on Feb. 4th, according to Vancouver Sun. So, the ankle appears like a work and John Cena is not really injured. In an interview earlier, John Cena explained he cannot wrestle and act at the same time.

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Wrestler John Cena

WWE Real or Fake?

For those of you unaware, the United States-based WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is a sports entertainment show. As such, the WWE shows are not legitimate wrestling contests. They are based on script and story-lines. The first video below shows some fake wrestling shots, which from smart camera angles, appear genuine to long distance viewers. The other, old video shows popular wrestler HHH teaching fake punches and acting in the sports entertainment.

Nonetheless, the WWE wrestling matches have often included moves that put performers at risk of injury if not performed correctly. While John Cena’s ankle injury is not real/serious in this case, wrestlers did indeed suffer some serious injuries.

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Prashanth Damarla