Although the WrestleMania main event is still up in the air with just over a month remaining until the biggest pay-per-view of the year, WWE fans learned Tuesday that John Cena will not be a part of it.
Cena competed in a 10-man Battle Royal for the right to face WWE World Champion Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 33, but after two consecutive losses at Elimination Chamber and on SmackDown the following week, Cena fell out of the title picture entirely by being eliminated by The Miz. The events of the night, though, pointed toward a Cena WrestleMania match straight out of a reality show.
Cena was one of 10 SmackDown stars in the Battle Royal, along with former champion AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Luke Harper and The Miz.
Randy Orton was set to compete in the WrestleMania main event after winning the Royal Rumble, but after Wyatt won the title at Elimination Chamber, Orton announced that he would not fight the leader of the Wyatt Family (which Orton joined months ago).
The Miz delivered a series of Daniel Bryan's Yes! kicks to Cena in the center of the ring midway through the match, but Cena responded by tossing The Miz over the top rope to eliminate him. (The Miz was also knocked out of Elimination Chamber by Cena).
An irate Miz wasn't finished, though. He slid back into the ring later on and threw Cena over the top rope, and referees ruled that Cena had been eliminated despite the fact that The Miz was no longer in the match.
It wasn't the only controversy of the night. Luke Harper pulled AJ Styles over the top rope, but both men hit the floor at the same time. After the referees deliberated, Daniel Bryan declared the match to be a draw, and that the winner would be determined in a match next week on SmackDown.
Earlier in the show, Nikki Bella and Natalya were set to bring an end to their long-running (and particularly savage) feud with a falls count anywhere match that saw both women use a variety of weapons and action spill backstage.
Maryse interrupted toward the end of the match and attacked Nikki Bella with a lead pipe.
Rumors had been swirling that Cena will team up with Nikki Bella in a tag match against The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33, which could potentially be Nikki Bella's farewell match. After SmackDown, it certainly looks like all four characters are headed in that direction.
WWE also announced that Cena will be a guest on a segment of Miz TV next week on SmackDown, where the match could finally be made official.
While it's hard to get overly excited for a mixed-gender tag match, especially given the phenomenal year The Miz has had and John Cena's performance at the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania is often as much about the spectacle as it is the wrestling. Some fans may be disappointed, but this could end up being a nice change of pace on the WrestleMania card.