WWE Rumors: John Cena will return for Survivor Series match
John Cena took a hiatus after No Mercy in order to film season 2 of American Grit. He is not advertised for any show in the next two months except for Survivor Series.
His official return will be on December 26th in Smackdown Live ’s Madison Square Garden house show. However, him being advertised for Survivor Series can lead to only one thing – being part of the Smackdown Live 5-man team in the 5 vs 5 inter-promotional elimination match.
If this is so, Cena will be in the match without even having to appear in the build to the PPV in Toronto next month. It will be interesting to see if he is made the captain of the team or not. Not that it means much since it is just a storyline, but the fan reaction will be interesting.
Part of the argument favouring Cena being the captain would be his long tenure on top in the company, and the argument against it would be his current status with WWE, where he really isn’t full-time anymore. Jerry Lawler believes that AJ Styles should be the captain of the team, while Booker T believes Randy Orton should captain the blue brand.
However, Cena’s appearance in Survivor Series would be a game changer for the blue team and add a whole new dynamic to the team.
Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon implied that Universal Champion Kevin Owens and his best friend Chris Jericho were going to be on team Raw, which leads to the conclusion that even AJ Styles would be on the team, meaning that the world titles will not be defended at Survivor Series next month.
Nevertheless, the 3 traditional Survivor Series elimination matches between the two brands and the Goldberg vs Lesnar match definitely adds a lot of hype to the event.
Not to mention, NXT will be in the same building the previous night for NXT Takeover: Toronto and that adds more pressure to do better than the former show, as there has not been a single NXT Takeover special that has not delivered till date.
In fact, when there are long weekends with NXT Takeover added the previous night, the Takeover specials usually get far more raving reviews than the following main roster PPVs.
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