The SmackDown Live roster clearly came out of the WWE Draft as being much weaker to their WWE counterparts on Monday Night RAW.
Due to some ultimately poor drafting from Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan, RAW somehow came away with pretty much all the stars of the New Era, with SmackDown having the old guard, with Randy Orton and John Cena being their headline stars.
However, SmackDown could be set to take an even bigger blow with the news that Cena may not actually be around that much.
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Most people know by now that Cena is taking a more reduced schedule in the WWE. He does deserve it after carrying the company for so many years, that is not in dispute, but that reduced schedule could hurt SmackDown badly.
The first way Cena's schedule could be hurting SmackDown? The fact that he could be missing the brand's first special pay-per-view.
"John Cena is very likely to miss SmackDown Live’s first WWE Network Special event, Backlash, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 11th in Richmond, Virginia," Steve Carrier or NoDQ wrote recently.
Apparently, Cena will be appearing in China the day before Backlash, making his appearance at the event highly improbable.
"As of this writing, Cena is scheduled to compete at a WWE Live Event in Shanghai, China on September 10th," he added. "Additionally, there is no mention of Cena being advertised for anything involving Backlash."
Cena missing SmackDown shows often would be a tragedy for the brand which is already fighting an uphill battle.