It's been a heck of a long time since the WWE Universe has seen John Cena on a television screen - in a wrestling ring that is.
Whilst he's back in the public eye now due to starring in the newly-released Bumblebee movie, the last time Cena was on either Raw or SmackDown was six nights before WrestleMania 34, as he tried to goad The Undertaker into a bout on the Grandest Stage Of Them All.
And besides two special matches at Greatest Royal Rumble and Super Show-Down this year, Cena has not been seen since, choosing to focus on his life outside of the WWE.
Cena has made no secret of wanting to break into Hollywood, and as everyone knows a wrestling career doesn't last forever as the body starts to slow down - even one with the physique of Cena.
The 16-time world champion did have a message for fans though who have been longing for a return to the company for the past few months, especially in a time where they are depleted of top stars.
"I do apologize for being away for so long, but I have these wonderful opportunities to try and be a part of another storytelling universe that I truly enjoy," Cena told the Toronto Sun, via WrestlingInc, whilst promoting his new film.
"The WWE is the place that for the past 15 years I've had the absolute most fun. I very much look forward to getting back there."
Cena is advertised to appear at a number of live events over the Christmas period, and that extends to the January 7 episode of Raw at the Amway Center in Orlando.
You would assume that would signify a return to the red brand in time for the Royal Rumble and a WrestleMania storyline.
Seemingly though that won't be the case.
"None of these shows are televised," Cena admitted.
"I'm literally just doing it because I want to get back to a place I feel most comfortable and to working with people I can call my family. And I want to have some fun."
Furthermore, January 20 will see Cena start filming a new movie in Vancouver, so that pretty much puts him out of the equation for a Royal Rumble showing, and maybe even WrestleMania in April.
After the comments he made about The Rock selling out to go to Hollywood during their rivalry in 2012, many will feel disappointed that 'Big Match John' is choosing to spend so much time away from the business.
But when you consider the longevity that Cena stayed in the business full-time compared to The Rock, maybe he deserves a bit of a break.
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