An article posted on WWE.com indicates that John Cena has been involved in an automobile accident in Philadelphia today.

Like all things WWE, the first thing I asked myself when I saw this was: work or shoot?

If it's a shoot, I hope both he and the driver of the vehicle that struck him -- Cena's car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, according to the article -- are OK, first and foremost. WWE officials must be freaking out if this is real, being so close to WrestleMania.

One of the scariest things about planning a match so far in advance is the risk of an injury, especially such a marquee match-up that is being billed as "Once in a Lifetime." In Cena's case, he wrestles 300 times a year, and the risk of him getting hurt in the ring is reasonable. You don't expect something like this to happen.

And if this is real, it's a shocking case of life imidating art. Younger fans might not remember the build-up 10 years ago to WrestleMania X8, when the Rock was the star of the current generation, facing the star of the previous generation, Hulk Hogan. Shortly after both men accepted the match, this happened:



So if it is a work, you have to wonder if this isn't a subtle nod to this incident a decade earlier. I find it to be no coincidence that Cena-Rock is happening at WrestleMania 10 years after Rock-Hogan. This would certainly be an interesting development, perhaps putting the match in kayfabe jeopardy if it is a work. It could be exacerbated on Raw if Cena goes forward with his one-on-one match with Mark Henry that is scheduled for tonight.

Bottom line, work or shoot, WWE has a great hook to get people to tune in to Raw tonight. Hopefully, Cena is perfectly fine and everything stays on track for WrestleMania.

If it is real, and Cena is OK, someone needs to put him at home on bedrest until WrestleMania.

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