“AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!”
CENA RETURNS FROM FREE AGENCY TO REPRESENT TEAM SMACKDOWN
There are four major shows the WWE likes to push: Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series. After reintroducing the brand split and an inter-promotional card for the Survivor Series pay-per-view last year, WWE has decided to double down on that concept with the whole card featuring SmackDown Live vs. Monday Night RAW matches.
Besides the Universal Champion vs. WWE Champion main event, the main draw for this year’s PPV is the traditional men’s five vs. five elimination match. The five best men from each brand team up to face each other and the line-up is quite star-studded.
Team RAW is comprised of Jason Jordan, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and is led by Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. Angle will be wrestling for the second time this year after a shocking return to the ring at last month’s TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view. Angle’s return should already be enough to warrant hype but it only adds to the return of another fan-favorite: Shane McMahon.
Team SmackDown will see Shane O’ Mac return to the ring (after competing in Hell in a Cell) being joined by Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and as of breaking news, John Cena.
Cena has lately been used on both brands as he has been taking long periods of time off for his acting career. In order to explain this, WWE has dubbed him a “free agent”, where Cena returns to whichever show he needs to be on until his next hiatus appears. Cena has not been seen on television since October when he lost to Roman Reigns at the No Mercy PPV. Cena was working for Monday Night RAW at that point.
Shane McMahon as team leader decided to up the ante in the Survivor Series match by bringing Cena back to the blue side as he has now become the last member of Team SmackDown.
Survivor Series airs live on Sunday November 19th at 8 pm.