As many of you will know, from next year, SmackDown will be moved from the Syfy Network to the USA Network. In order to make sure it debuts well on the network, the WWE have announced a big name for the inaugural show.
According to Wrestling Inc: "John Cena has been added to the January 5th WWE SmackDown tapings from Laredo, Texas at the Laredo Energy Arena."
The report also noted that the reason behind this add was because as the tickets go on sale on November 23: "there had been some concern that there were no big stars advertised for the show," meaning ticket sales could have dropped like they have done recently.
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The inclusion of Cena to the card should stop this from happening, but predicting the look of the WWE a couple of months away shouldn't be a given, as their storylines change constantly. This in turn has a huge effect on the WWE Universe's encouragement to come and watch the show live.
Advertised for the show alongside Cena are, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Braun Strowman, the WWE Divas and many more. While the likes of Reigns and Ambrose are climbing their way towards the big name status, they aren't at the same level as Cena.
The worry is, this might be a one-time thing for Cena and SmackDown, and the show will be back to the way it used to be on the Syfy network a month or so later.
Ultimately, many fans won't be happy with SmackDown until it goes live, no matter how many times someone as big of a name as Cena appears on the show because then it becomes unpredictable again.
However, until TV network bosses are unhappy with the viewership figures of the show, this is unlikely to change.