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.