We now know what role John Cena will have at WWE Survivor Series.
WWE SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon took to Twitter to announce that the former WWE Champion would the fifth and final member of the men’s Team SmackDown against Team Raw at Survivor Series.
If you recall, there was some speculation that Cena would serve as the special guest referee for the upcoming match between Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and then-WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. Lesnar will now face newly crowned WWE Champion AJ Styles at the event.
The Survivor Series pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets.
Both Raw and SmackDown brands will be featured. WWE sent out the following statement on Cena being added to the upcoming match:
The battle lines have been drawn and the teams finalized, and the biggest names and most prominent rising stars in sports-entertainment will clash for brand supremacy at Survivor Series, the one night a year where Raw and SmackDown LIVE go head-to-head.
The final pick for that monumental showdown is perhaps the biggest yet, as SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon has announced that WWE’s resident free agent John Cena will return to action as a member of Team SmackDown!
At the helm of Team Raw will be the red brand’s Commissioner Kurt Angle, who made his in-ring return at WWE TLC, battling alongside Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins. The Olympic Gold Medalist exploded back into competition and looked like he hadn’t lost a step, though his back will truly be against the wall in the Nov. 19 showdown.
Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon made it clear that Angle’s position with Monday Night Raw will be in jeopardy if he doesn’t completely show up the blue brand, and The Olympic Hero went accordingly big in picking his backup. Braun Strowman’s destruction of The Miz earned him the first slot, Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe followed suit after Angle was impressed with their intensity towards each other, and for the final selection, The Olympic Hero picked a Superstar he knew he could trust: his son, Jason Jordan.
After Randy Orton defeated Sami Zayn to become SmackDown’s first member, Shinsuke Nakamura vanquished Kevin Owens, and Bobby Roode outlasted Dolph Ziggler in a 2-out-of-3-Falls Match to win their way onto the squad as well. Shane-O-Mac then named himself captain after his sister appointed Angle to the helm of Team Red, and for the final member, The Prodigal Son has now selected none other than The Leader of the Cenation to once again represent SmackDown LIVE and round out his team.
But who will win the day as the two brands speed toward a collision for brand supremacy? Find out on Survivor Series, Sunday, Nov. 19, at a special start time of 7 ET/4 PT, streaming live on the award-winning WWE Network.