Cena was expected to face Kurt Angle's players, Dolph Ziggler, Jeff Hardy, The Miz, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio and Intercontinental and RAW Tag Team champion Seth Rollins.
However, The Champ retired from the event for indefinite reasons. However, there are rumors that he refused to attend the Pay Per View show when the host nation caused a worldwide outcry following the murder of journalist and government critic Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Saudi Arabia.
The 16-time World Champion was replaced by Bobby Lashley, and the story behind the decision suggests that Baring Corbin, general manager for RAW, was so impressed that the RAW super heavyweight should replace The Leader of Cenation, who never played a qualifier would have .
According to Ringside NewsThe Wrestling Observer Newsletter claims that the first round braces originally passed RAW superstars with the best of Smackdown.
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Cena was expected to take on Mysterio and lose early in the World Cup, which would determine the best in the world.
The plans changed, however, as WWE changed the brackets and each competitor had to deal with his own teammates until the final.
Ziggler, Mysterio, The Miz and Rollins made it to the semi-finals after defeating Angle, Orton, Hardy and Lashley.
The showoff then defeated the Intercontinental and RAW Tag Team Champion with the help of his colleague Drew McIntyre. The A-Lister made it to the final when he overcame the champion of the 619.
However, the tournament decision was controversial when The Miz suffered an injury during a brawl before playing Ziggler.
Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon replaced his superstar, though he was never to compete, and defeated The Showoff to bring the blue mark trophy.
Cena did not travel to Saudi Arabia and so does Daniel Brayn, who was to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship.
However, the two Smackdown mega stars had their fight against Smackdown last Tuesday, where Styles won the Calf Crusher win.
Samoa Joe then made a wild assault on The Phenomenal One and Bryan as he darkened them to the Coquina clutch.
Joe then replaced The Leader of YES Movement but failed to dethrone the WWE champion at King Saud University Stadium.