The big news this week that has the left the WWE Universe waiting in anticipation and excitement is the surprising brand split coming our way yet again.
The split ended in 2011 and over the past few years we have seen one unified World Champion stand tall above the rest, with the roster appearing on both shows, Monday Night Raw and the soon-to-be Tuesday Night SmackDown.
CENA NEEDS TO MOVE TO SMACKDOWN
This has left the fans wondering which stars will end up on which show. There have been rumours of a second World Championship being introduced and much more will be made clearer towards the draft date on July 11. Regardless of what occurs, John Cena has to be drafted to SmackDown.
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It looks likely that with so much having gone into making Roman Reigns the number one man in the company, he’ll still be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion by the time the split occurs. With Raw being the flagship show – and with Shane McMahon likely to be at the helm – it would be a good way for Reigns to be cheered if the McMahon the fans love, picks Reigns as his number one star.
With Cena still classed as the face that runs the place, and because of how big of an asset he is, he draws a crowd and I believe that’s the sort of character SmackDown would need in order to escape Raw’s shadow of being classed as the B-Show.
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That’s the biggest negative surrounding SmackDown that not enough importance is given to it so, as fans, we don’t feel the need to tune in because it seems like a shortened replay of Raw. With the roster splitting, SmackDown needs that one leader to help take the brand forward, and there’s no better and more experienced leader than Cena, everything he touches now turns to gold and he could be the central star to help SmackDown finally rival Raw.
CREDIBLE FACE OF SMACKDOWN
Many fans might believe that Cena is too big of a star not to be on the flagship show, and he’s easily still the WWE’s top star until the day he hangs up his boots. However, there’s no way the WWE will have their WWE World Heavyweight Champion in Reigns, move over to SmackDown.
Although it could help boost ratings and contribute to making SmackDown seem more relevant, this could give fans more of an excuse not to tune in. As fans, we will always tune into Raw because it’s become a habit, regardless of what happens it’s the main show and that’s where the storylines advance.
If Reigns is drafted to SmackDown, then a lot of fans that dislike him won’t want to tune in because of that, and in turn, it doesn’t help SmackDown progress because nobody is tuning in.
He’s a top merchandise seller, he adds intrigue and credibility to SmackDown, along with the fact that many young talents from NXT are expected to move up to SmackDown; Cena is the perfect star to work with them and help build them up as future stars of the brand.
EVENTUAL CLASH WITH REIGNS
He also can’t be on the same show as Reigns, or at least he shouldn’t, this has been backed up by Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Radio when this news broke and he too highlighted that Reigns is expected to headline Raw and Cena is expected to headline SmackDown.
That already shows us how important it is to be kept apart, mainly because the two are expected to clash sooner or later and their feud would come as a huge surprise when they come face to face. In fact, you could argue that with Cena as the face of SmackDown, you already have your WrestleMania 33 main event booked in.
He’s done a great job of helping new talents break out – apart from some obvious exceptions – and he’s allowed other faces to go over as well, so it’s not as if he would hold anybody down over on SmackDown.
With other big stars on hand to help him elevate SmackDown, such as Dean Ambrose or even AJ Styles – Cena’s SmackDown should end up giving Reigns’ Raw a run for its money.
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