For those in the WWE Universe who have been waiting with bated breath for John Cena’s return to the company, the wait is almost over.
His recovery time was supposed to last close to nine months after undergoing shoulder surgery, but Cena will be live and in living color next week on the Memorial Day episode of Monday Night RAW. Bringing back their biggest star on this particular holiday is no coincidence.
Traditionally, holiday shows had done lower ratings, but with the advent of the DVR, that hasn’t nearly had as big of an impact as in the past. Bringing John Cena back is a ploy to help what otherwise may have been a poorly-rated show. Incidentally, there have been reports floating around suggesting that since July 4 falls on a Monday, the WWE is bracing for perhaps its worst rated show of all time.
There have been two schools of thought in lieu of that looming doom: Book an incredible show with tons of surprises to draw more fans, or book the show the way they would a normal non-televised live event.
Since Cena tweeted that he’d be returning to RAW next week in Green Bay, several rumors have circulated in regards to what his role would be, and who he might feud with. The Inquisitr has reported on two of those options that have been discussed by WWE officials.
We noted that his first match back was being advertised locally as a six-man tag pitting John Cena with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose against AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Originally, we speculated that it was more than likely that this match would be a dark match after RAW goes off the air, and this week’s show further validated that.
The Club essentially broke up, albeit somewhat peacefully, so Styles won’t be teaming with his former New Japan running buddies anytime soon on WWE programming.
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