John Cena apparently suffered an ankle injury and WWE released information of the injury before RAW started. Only one reference was made to Cena’s injury during a match on RAW, and that was it.
On PW Insider Elite audio, Mike Johnson noted John Cena’s injury was a surprise for the WWE locker room, as no one expected this to happen. Here is what he said:
“From what I understand when WWE made the announcement it very much surprised the locker room. There was no sort of talk of John being injured or even him not being there because he’s not there every week.”
“So those in the locker room were reaching out to others asking, ‘Hey did you see what they put out on Twitter?’ and the locker room was pretty surprised.”
“There was no sense last week that John was injured among the wrestlers that we’ve spoken to coming out of the main event four-way and the locker room scene coming out of RAW. There was no sense that ‘John’s injured, there’s an emergency oh my god, what are we gonna do?”‘ So whatever did or did not happen to Cena, he kept it very quiet and low-key.”
However, it is to be noted that Cena’s injury is most likely kayfabe as he is going to shoot a movie, so he was written off WWE television. It seems that plans for Lars Sullivan feuding with Cena might have changed.