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"The Champ" has made it quite clear that he cannot wrestle while also filming movies due to the possible risk of injury, and though he recently said that he wouldn't "leave WWE out to dry," he also indicated that his busy acting career could keep him away from the company for much of 2019.


While Cena has said he will be at WrestleMania 35 , there isn't an obvious opponent lined up for him the way there typically has been in years past, and the widespread expectation is that he will be featured in a big match but probably won't be main eventing the show as WWE has begun prioritizing other stars.


WWE obviously still views Cena as a sizable draw for the company, and as his Hollywood career continues to take off, he figures to be used sparingly as arguably its biggest mainstream star.


However, the days of Cena consistently appearing on Raw and/or SmackDown are likely a thing of the past, and he will presumably be utilized only for "Big Four" shows or special overseas events going forward, except for the rare occasion when his schedule allows him to return to WWE.


The 35-year-old wrestler, considered by many to be the world's best in-ring performer, is in the prime of his career, so he is taking a bit of a risk going to AEW, which is funded by billionaire owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars Shad Khan but has nothing set in stone in terms of a live event schedule, TV deal, etc.


Batista has landed yet another major movie role , and with filming for his latest flick beginning in February, that could take him out of the running for his rumored WrestleMania 35 match with Triple H. Matt Hardy, who has been out for several months battling a potential career-threatening injury, hinted that he could be returning to Raw soon , though where he'd fit in on the red brand is up for debate.






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