The Clash of Champions pay-per-view is set to take place on Dec. 17 - exclusive for SmackDown superstars. It's also the final pay-per-view show of 2017, which may add to speculation to Cena returning.
However, The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Cena is not scheduled to be on the card, so members of Cenation better not get their hopes up. The only match scheduled for Clash of Champions right now is Jinder Mahal (who invoked his rematch clause), vs. A.J. Styles for the WWE Championship.
We can probably expect Charlotte to once again defend her SmackDown Women's Championship, while the United States and Tag Team Championships should also be on the line. It's hard to envision the show not including Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura, too.
But Cena does have four scheduled appearances in 2017, per eWrestlingNews.com. He will appear on shows for Dec. 26, 27 and 29 - all for the Raw brands. Cena will also be at a Dec. 30 show for the SmackDown brand.
Cena has been a part-time wrestler for the last two-and-a-half years, as shoulder injuries and his age (40) have slowed him down a bit. Cena has also been filming a handful of movies and has hinted a few times that he may not stick around in WWE much longer.
At this stage of his career, Cena doesn't have a whole lot to prove. He was the face of the company during the Ruthless Aggression and PG Eras, but Cena's character has died a bit with much of the WWE Universe. Vince McMahon and the creative team are going with younger stars like The Shield, Owens, Nakamura, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, so it's not surprising to see Cena likely being absent for Clash of Champions.