UPDATE: John Cena cleared to compete after car accident
WWE.com has learned that John Cena has been involved in a three-car accident in Philadelphia. The SUV the WWE Superstar was traveling in was reportedly rear ended by an Acura, which had been rear ended by a tractor trailer. ( PHOTOS)
“We were doing some early morning media for the event tonight in Philadelphia and we got in a car accident,” Cena told WWE.com. “The [Acura] was totaled, but no one was hurt, believe it or not.”
Although Cena claims to be 100 percent, the Superstar still met with WWE medical personnel today at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. Cena is scheduled to face Mark Henry on tonight's Raw SuperShow.
“I’ve been in plenty of car wrecks before,” the former WWE Champion said. “I’m in one piece and I can still do battle with The World’s Strongest Man tonight.”
Cena is “a little shaken up,” WWE physician Dr. Michael Sampson told WWE.com.
"They were whiplash-type injuries that he sustained,” Sampson said. “He feels good today, but then a couple days later, that's when you get the neck stiffness and the pain. He is cleared to compete tonight. We're going to let him go, but we're definitely going to keep an eye on him. We're going to check him right before his match one more time, just to make sure he's okay."
According to Cena’s driver, Jules Anderson, the accident occurred around 11:30 a.m., when Cena’s vehicle was traveling eastbound on Rt. 76. The SUV sustained damage in the rear, according to Anderson, who added that Cena was on a phone meeting at the time of the collision.
The Cenation Commander in Chief’s celebrity may have helped calm the waters between the other drivers, who were arguing after the incident. According to Anderson, once he informed the other drivers that his passenger was the former 12-time World Champion, tempers cooled.
In a WWE.com exclusive video, WWE Live Events employee Justin Clarke, who was in the automobile with Cena, explained the accident. ( WATCH)
“I felt the impact … [Cena] took that same hit with me," Clarke said. "I'm sure he's feeling it as well right now, but he's not the kind of guy who shows it.”
In less than two weeks, Cena will face The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII in the most anticipated bout in WWE history. The effect this accident will have on the Cenation leader remains to be seen. WWE.com will stay with this story as it develops.