How WWE hid John Cena at the 2008 Royal Rumble

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John Cena has been with the WWE nearly 20 years and has had several huge moments with the company throughout his career; but it's hard to argue that his return at the 2008 Royal Rumble isn't the greatest "The Leader Of The Cenation" has ever had.

In October of 2007 Cena suffered a complete pectoral tear during a match with Mr. Kennedy on Monday Night RAW. Eventually Cena would go on to defeat Kennedy but was clutching his right arm, but then was attacked by Randy Orton who delivered an RKO to Cena in addition to hitting him with the steel steps.

He also took an RKO onto an announce table to make matters worse. All of this occurred a week before Cena was scheduled to defend his WWE Title against Randy Orton at No Mercy in a Last Man Standing match.

Cena required immediate surgery to fix his injury and Vince McMahon had no choice but to vacate the title the following night on ECW. Due to how severe the injury was Cena was given six months to a year as a time period for his recovery.

In just three months, however, John Cena made an amazing surprise return at the 2008 Royal Rumble as the 30th entrant into the match. It was a huge shock to the audience as Cena wasn't expected back for another three months at least.

He would eliminate several men before throwing Triple H over the top rope last to win the match. Former WWE referee Marty Elias was a referee for that match and revealed how the company kept Cena hidden before the match (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):

"I was one of only a handful of people who knew he was coming back and was going to win the Rumble," said Elias.

"Cena was hidden all day and when it was time for him to enter, he was walked through the hallway covered so no one knew it was him!"

Now Cena is prepared to enter yet another Royal Rumble this year in hopes of winning his third and tying Stone Cold Steve Austin for most Royal Rumble wins in WWE history.

What are your thoughts on how the WWE hid John Cena at the 2008 Royal Rumble ten years ago? Do you think WWE should protect and hide Superstars like that for future Rumbles to make things more exciting? And who do you expect to win this year's Royal Rumble as we continue the road to WrestleMania 34? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!

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