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Reason why WWE has booked John Cena in Raw vs SmackDown Survivor Series match

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Over the past couple of weeks, many WWE fans have been wondering what role, if any, would John Cena have at the company's next big upcoming pay-per-view Survivor Series.

For several weeks, it was rumored that The Leader of the Cenation would be the special guest referee for the non-title Champion vs Champion match between Raw's Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and SmackDown Live's WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.

However, after AJ Styles defeated Mahal for the WWE title on Tuesday night, Shane McMahon announced that Cena would actually be the fifth and final member of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series in their the traditional interbrand 5-on-5 elimination match.

The 16-time world champion will team up with Shane, Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, and Shinsuke Nakamura against Raw's team of Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, and Jason Jordan at the pay-per-view later this month on November 19.

Some WWE fans might be surprised that Cena has been placed in this match instead of being the speculated special guest referee in the match between the two brand's top champions. However, the reason behind his inclusion in the traditional Survivor Series elimination match has now been revealed.

According to Cageside Seats, Cena was brought back to WWE for the Raw vs. SmackDown match at Survivor Series on November 19 in response to bad ratings on SmackDown Live on Tuesday nights in recent weeks, especially the Halloween episode last week.

In fairness, while it's a smart decision to make, WWE shouldn't have really taken into account the TV rating last week on SmackDown too much considering it was on Halloween night and the fact the show was competing against Game 7 of the World Series. It was never going to do well in retrospect.


However, since Styles is now the new WWE Champion after winning the title this week, WWE no longer needs him as the special guest referee in the Champion vs Champion match in order to get fans to watch the clash between the Universal Champion and the WWE Champion.

Mahal vs Lesnar would have been a very boring match to watch, and in truth, not many WWE fans were excited about seeing it happen, so the company made the right decision to take the title off of The Modern Day Maharaja and place The Phenomenal One in the fold instead.

Mahal vs Cena for the WWE title is still one of the tipped matches for WrestleMania 34 next year in New Orleans, so expect the company to still find a way to ignite this future feud, but it most probably won't be happening at Survivor Series as originally planned.


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