John Cena Comments on Missing WWE WrestleMania This Year Due to Filming HBO Max Show, Super Bowl Commercial, More

If you were hoping to see WWE legend John Cena at WrestleMania this year, it’s not going to happen. The news comes Cena himself and it’s due to filming an HBO Max show in Vancouver. WrestleMania 37 takes place in Tampa Bay on April 10 and April 11. Cena has lived in the Tampa area for most of his WWE career as well.

Cena explained why he’ll miss WrestleMania in an interview with Sports Illustrated that also covered Cena starring in a Super Bowl commercial this Sunday. Here are some highlights.

“Currently, I’m in Vancouver shooting Peacemaker, the series for HBO Max. Given the quarantine regulations, if I were to leave Canada, upon return I would have to quarantine for another two weeks. Essentially, that would shut production down. Strictly based on the letter of the law right now, there is no logistical way I can be there. We film now until July.”

“It’s very difficult to say because I know it’s going to be disappointing for a lot of people, but according to the letter of regulation right now, there is no mathematical way I can be at WrestleMania this year.”

Cena spoke about how he used to speak out against part-timers returning for WrestleMania, yet now that he can’t do it, it will give more time for full-time stars.

“What a hypocritical situation (laughing). I used to be very open about the fact that part-timers were just that, and here I am at 44 years old and I’ve become what I despise, as they say. That is kind of what it is.”

Cena is part of a Super Bowl commercial for Mountain Dew

“If you count the bottles of Mountain Dew Major Melon and you post, you can win. That puts you in the game. So if you want to be a little more meticulous while you’re watching the Super Bowl, watch the Mountain Dew Major Melon commercial and count the bottles in the commercial, and tag Mountain Dew’s Twitter handle.”

Here’s a Cena tweet about the Mountain Dew commercial.

There’s more in the Sports Illustrated interview with Cena including John’s thoughts on Tom Brady playing in the Super Bowl, the Peacemaker show and more.