AJ Styles vs. John Cena at SummerSlam could be a new beginning for SmackDown

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One of the most entertaining feuds taking place in the WWE today is the one featuring John Cena and AJ Styles, the dream feud which has been over a decade in the making saw the Phenomenal One pick up a massive win over the face of the company at Money in the Bank.

Granted, he needed help from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson of The Club to get the job done, but his performance – along with the match itself – was absolutely fantastic and fans cannot stop raving about it, and rightfully so.


Now we’re left wondering where they go from here. It’s obvious that the two are set for another match which should take place at Battleground, but this feud is so engaging that SummerSlam is the only event which should conclude the rivalry, for now at least.


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The two are incredible stars, and they have it in them to stretch this feud out for much longer, and it doesn’t look as if the fans will be losing interest anytime soon. While the fans enjoyment will increase and it’ll help further establish Cena and Styles as two of the finest sports entertainers of all time, it’s the soon to be Tuesday Night SmackDown that could benefit the most.

The WWE have a big task on their hands, they’re making significant changes with SmackDown going live, the brand split taking place and they’re even rumoured to be bringing back former stars to make up the numbers. The WWE can’t afford to have this plan fail, so it’s obvious a lot more importance needs to be given to SmackDown so it can escape from Monday Night Raw’s shadow at long last.

The likes of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins will surely be targeted by Raw, especially since they’re the future, and Raw already has the steady viewership. SmackDown is where the work needs to be done, and despite what fans think of Cena he is still someone the WWE heavily relies on.


So it’s a good job that Styles is also being used in a prominent role, their feud means that the WWE can afford to have Cena and Styles both drafted to SmackDown. This move will allow them both to take their feud to new heights by being the number one feud on the show, and it could genuinely trump any feud Raw comes up with.

This would be a wise move on the WWE’s part as two established, popular and successful stars will be able to steer the ship and ensure that SmackDown also has a bright future. They’re too big to not be the main attractions, so it makes perfect sense to help put SmackDown on the map again.

It doesn’t end there; SmackDown should be introducing a World Championship to once again rival the champion on the opposing brand, and this is the perfect feud to involve the championship title.


Ambrose should still be champion by the time the draft is upon us, assuming he’s staying on Raw then it could be refreshing to see the older generation – yet more proven and consistently at the top – battling it out for the opposing championship. It would get fans even more interested; it would give Styles to become a World Champion in the WWE, and it could help SmackDown rival Raw.

It does feel like a second-rate feud on Raw right now, and there’s nobody to blame for that because the championship should always be in the main event. However, the standard of matches between these two could be even better than what we witnessed at Money in the Bank.

The way it should play is out is by having Cena defeat Styles at Battleground. This would set up a rubber match for the two to conclude in Brooklyn at the SummerSlam pay-per-view and to raise the stakes even higher; that’s when the new World Championship should be unveiled with the winner becoming the first and new champion.

Do you think John Cena and AJ Styles should be drafted to SmackDown? Have your say in the comments section below.

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