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John Cena’s Role In The Future Of WWE

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CageSideSeats.com has reported a rumor that John Cena is expected to be absent for the recently announced Smackdown pay-per-view “Backlash” that will be taking place on September 11th. This is corroborated by the fact that he isn’t being advertised for the event and is scheduled for a WWE live appearance in Shanghai, China on the previous night of September 10th.

His feud with AJ Styles is supposedly set to culminate at Summerslam, which would leave Big Match John without a pressing commitment to any particular Smackdown story line.

In addition to the Shanghai appearance, he is also scheduled to appear on a Raw show September 9th in Manila, Philippines in a match against the Big Show.

The reason for Cena’s temporary departures from the Smackdown schedule is likely because the international events, and specifically the fans from those countries who don’t as often get the live events in their backyard, will want to see one of the biggest stars of all time perform for them.

This news comes on the heels of other recent rumors that Cena’s role with the company may be getting reduced as he looks to take part in other things outside the squared circle. After almost 15 years in the company, maybe it is time for Cena to lighten up the load.

No one can say he hasn’t earned it. He’s spent the majority of that time as the figurehead and torch bearer for the company. But their is a substantial new guard of WWE talent fermenting and launching the product into this new era of pro wrestling. Cena can still play a big part but no longer has to carry the entire company on his shoulders.

There is enough glory to go around now and a healthy roster of fresh talent to take the stick and fly the ship straight. And with a bit of luck, the direction will be straight up and not just steady as she goes.

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  • Mike

    They’ll likely change that. Probably been advertised for a while as he only did raw for a long time.

    • jcice13

      you really don’t think that they had Cena penciled in for Smackdown long before the brand garbage was mentioned on air???

      • Mike

        Brand garbage, I think the draft will
        Only make smackdown alot better and raw will be just as good. As for that possibly but how long have those matches been advertised?

        • jcice13

          why would it be better this time when it didn’t work the last time, if this is that great an idea then why did they scrap it once already?

          • Mike

            The roster became Quite thin, but with the success of nxt and wwe signing a lot more Indy guys that’s not the case, it’s very stacked. I’d say it work for a time. Smackdown was even better than raw at first
            When hogan and the rock
            We’re drafted there.

          • jcice13

            only thing I can say is Einstein

          • Mike

            You complain about every single
            Angle is it even fun for you anymore ?

          • jcice13

            you can’t be more mistaken…at least about me complaining about every angle…and you didn’t grasp the Einstein comment did you? that’s my fault..he said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, I was in no way remotely inferring you were stupid or below me in any way..again my bad…there have been many angles I’ve enjoyed over the last few years and many angles that they put characters out there without any thought if it had legs for the performer…I also realize that there is a top tier of players that are money players and deserve more attention to their progress..I’m also aware of the reason Cena is Cena…as for if it’s fun for me anymore??? yes it is but the spots I enjoy are few…I like the fact they are allowing the wrestlers both men and women to show off their skills with longer tv matches…but if you’re saying I am not satisfied with the over all product? then yes you’re correct…I look at the talent on the roster and think that the shows should be wall to wall good to great and you yourself have to concur that is not the product we get..
            also you must understand that in no way am I denying your right to an opinion nor am I putting you down for it.if we were to have this conversation in person you would know that just by the tone of my voice but in print the words can be taken the wrong way…if you feel that they are doing a great job then by all means you are right, if you told me you think vanilla ice cream is the best you’re right…I just feel they could be doing so much more and so much better and those are the things I express in most of my comments..also I feel that a lot of my comments are pretty funny too..not the ones we’ve bantered about here but in many others..

          • Mike

            Yeah I got he einstine thing. Wwe have tried it once before and abandoned it. The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions over and over and expecting different results. However I think it worked for a time. The roster is thickened again now. Sure I get you, that’s fine I just wonder sometimes not just
            Yourself but a lot of fans, I mean does there come a point where watching becomes more of a chore. I’m not saying I enjoy everything about it but I’d say I enjoy most things about the shows wwe put out. So I look forward to them each week.

          • jcice13

            well I’ve probably been watching wrestling for longer than 99% of the people here have been alive…so to say I am hooked is an understatement, every week I go into the shows with the hopes they will be entertaining, for me that is, and I can fast forward a lot of the show..I hate to bring this up but I can’t stand the announce teams much either…I think JBL is worthless, he says the same things all the time and then makes references to the distant past that are wayyy over their target audience’s heads and if I’m not mistaken they don’t have lawler any more on tv?? there’s an old saying, I thought we’d get old together but he got old real quick” I like that they’ve changed it up and hopefully they will be better but I digress….back to it being a chore? it probably seems like it is while I watch but then the parts that are done well make up for it…I just would like to see more time in telling stories, like Balor, he walks in and he’s now in the main event at SS? not that he isn’t great but that’s what they seem to do with these guys, maybe because there’s 1.5 million subscribers to the network is why they do it? I don’t know but I would rather see the new guys work their way up the ladder and get some legs under themselves before giving them such a push, personally I think that doing it that way gives longevity

  • jcice13

    it does get curling carrying that shovel around all the time and digging those deep holes, but he still has time to bury AJ again at SS

    • Mike

      How on earth is he burying styles. Just because your guy didn’t win, you can’t just say they’re being buried all the time. He already beat cena. Losing to the face of the company is hardly being buried.

      • jcice13

        well I also consider the club as part of AJ since they were always together and conspired against Cena…maybe I’m too old school but for me when you bring in a heel faction and want them to be pushed they don’t lose 50% of their matches in the first 3 months….also there are 3 characters that come to mind when it comes to tools…paul bunyan and his ax…john henry and his hammer and john cena and his shovel

        • Mike

          Well when they lose to cena the biggest star in the company, and enzo and cass another new hugely
          Popular team. Id say they doesn’t harm them. Considering gallows and Anderson look to be entering a program with the tag champions I’d say they’re doing fine. Styles is a
          Star and just great all Round and they know that. Cena beats people
          Because he is the biggest draw the top earner for the company and the face for 12 years now. He in the last few years has done more
          For young and new guys than any previous top guy combined, so the rock, Austin, hogan, even hhh(who did it some what during the end). He knows he isn’t going to be main event all he time, he knows he will lose more often these days and he doesn’t care. He does what the company believe to be for the best win or lose. I don’t see how he burying anybody.

          • jcice13

            I don’t care if he’s been there 100 years I disagree, but my era and this microwave era are two different times, I want storylines and angles that make sense, are well thought out in advance, and have an arc to them…I’ve said this dozens of times here…and I have to think that with your boy being the top man he has a decent say in his character development and a say on who he works with and how he works with them..he knows he holds the money card….I am not saying he’s been the only one to do that just that I don’t like it….and in conclusion we just disagree there’s no reason to go on any further..you think the club isn’t being hindered with a 50% won/loss record I do

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