John Cena hasn’t been featured on WWE television since WWE No Mercy back in October, but his return to WWE has been a hot topic of conversation of the WWE Universe because there have been some conflicting reports about his relationship with WWE recently. If you summed it up, there is some major concern about Cena’s WWE future because his commitments outside of the company are now taking even more time away.
It’s been confirmed and report that John Cena will return to WWE during a live event on December 26th in Madison Square Garden. He’ll be featured in a triple threat match against Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles. It will be his first match in almost three months, but it was recently revealed his hiatus from WWE television will be extended for a bit longer and his status for the WWE Royal Rumble is currently up in the air.
The expectation is that John Cena will win the WWE Royal Rumble match, which will lead to a WWE World Championship match at Wrestlemania 33 against AJ Styles or The Undertaker. It’s has been reported that Styles vs. Undertaker will take place at the event as well, and the winner will face Cena at Wrestlemania. All of the above was speculation until a recent report finally revealed the creative plans for Cena’s WWE return.
According to a new report, WWE officials have set their creative plans for WWE television in stone and their two main feuds for SmackDown heading into next year will be Ambrose vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental title and John Cena feuding with AJ Styles to become the sixteen time WWE World Champion and tie Ric Flair’s record. Simply put, Cena versus Styles will immediately resume as soon as Cena returns to WWE TV.
That’s not a surprise, but all the drama surrounding John Cena right now brings a lot of questions to WWE’s plans if he isn’t confirmed for the WWE Royal Rumble or WWE television after Wrestlemania 33. It was reported recently that Cena’s schedule in 2017 will only allow him to commit half the year to WWE. If that is the case, how will his next title reign be if he’s going to have such a limited schedule next year with WWE?
In reality, that also means the long anticipated and rumored match between John Cena and The Undertaker isn’t happening at Wrestlemania next year in Orlando. With Cena’s full schedule and Undertaker’s health issues, it may be for the best the match doesn’t happen on the grandest stage of them all, but a lot of people are still going to be disappointed, especially now that Undertaker’s match in Orlando is now a total mystery.
The reports about there being tension between John Cena and WWE officials are claiming that the recent returns of Goldberg and Undertaker to WWE television are a major factor in their conflict. Apparently, both men are making great money on limited schedules with the company. While Cena is making more than they are with WWE, his limited schedule over the past year and for 2017 should mean a similar contract for him.
If WWE officials are welcoming back Cena with his third WWE Royal Rumble match victory and then his sixteenth WWE World title reign, it’s going to be a much better situation for WWE’s product if his schedule will allow him to defend the championship properly in 2017 and be taken care of behind the scenes.
Based on the rumors and news, there is a lot that WWE officials need to work out with John Cena before he is given the honor of tying Ric Flair’s record on the grandest stage of them all. Having said that, AJ Styles vs. John Cena at Wrestlemania was a dream match for many years, so we’ll be lucky to see it come to life. It’ll be a great match, but it’s not going to answer some of the big questions Cena will answer over the next year.
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