John Cena will officially be taking part in the Royal Rumble match later this month.
WWE had Cena make the announcement on Twitter today: “A sunny morning on the first day of 2018. Possibilities are endless, opportunities are plentiful. Time to #EarnTheDay because on January 28th, I’m entering the #RoyalRumble match and earning a chance at history @WrestleMania! #Raw”
For the first time since Survivor Series, Cena returned to WWE television on Raw last week. He opened the show with a promo, was interrupted by Elias, and they worked a long and competitive match where Cena won.
With him being a free agent in storyline, Cena would be able to challenge for either the Universal Championship or WWE Championship at WrestleMania if he were to win the Royal Rumble. Dave Meltzer noted in the most recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that he was told that rumors of Cena vs. AJ Styles for the WWE title are incorrect as of right now and it was indicated to him that Cena is planned to be in a “much bigger” match.
The next show that Cena is currently advertised for is the 25th anniversary episode of Raw. That show will take place on January 22nd, which is the Monday before the Royal Rumble.
Cena, Elias, Randy Orton, and Shinsuke Nakamura have now been announced for the men’s Royal Rumble. Naomi, Asuka, Ruby Riott, and Natalya have been confirmed for the women’s Rumble match.