With a Brand Split happening for the second time in WWE history, there's been a lot of debate within the WWE Universe about which show certain wrestlers should be on. Naturally, the greatest debate has surrounded 'The Face That Runs The Place', John Cena, as he remains the biggest draw in the WWE today. If you think that distinction belongs to Brock Lesnar, think again, as John Cena still dominates merchandise sales and is the biggest draw for live events. Shows that he appears at will automatically sell more tickets and have more viewers, making him the most important piece in the WWE puzzle.
Before the draft takes place on July 19th, let's take a look at the arguments for Cena being on both shows, before we come to a final decision on where Super Cena should end up!
Come on, it's the WWE's flagship show, it has to have the biggest name in the WWE, right? If you watched Raw this past Monday and stayed to see Vince name the commissioners for Raw and SmackDown, then you likely heard him describe Raw as the crown jewel of the WWE and infer that it was the more important show. While it wasn't a great way to sell the two shows as equals, he wasn't saying anything we didn't already know. Raw is the A-Show, while SmackDown is the B-Show, no matter what they tell us.
With that in mind, Super Cena would be the obvious choice to lead the way on WWE's most important show. If SmackDown is going to be similar to what it used to be, and it seems that way with Shane-O-Mac taking over, it'll be the show for the hardcore fans who want high quality matches. That means Raw will remain for casual fans and children and John Cena absolutely appeals to those fans.
Now, let's say WWE actually wants to make their two shows feel like equals, even though Vince McMahon pretty much said otherwise on Raw, what better way to send that message than to move their biggest name to the Blue Brand. If SmackDown is supposed to be about high quality wrestling with Shane McMahon in charge, then perhaps they should have the measuring stick of the WWE on that show. While fans still like to sing "John Cena Sucks!" whenever he comes out from the back, that couldn't be further from the truth, as Cena has delivered a number of terrific matches over the last couple of years.
At the same time, even though he still doesn't lose many matches, having a great match with Cena can instantly boost your credibility. Just look to his matches with Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Cesaro from last year. As long as they have a top heel opposite him on SmackDown, like Kevin Owens or A.J. Styles, this could absolutely work.
If the fine people at TheSportster got to choose which show John Cena would be on, we'd definitely choose SmackDown. For this brand split to work, it's imperative that both shows feel important and WWE can make their intentions clear by putting their biggest name on their previously B-Show. There would be no way for fans to claim that SmackDown isn't as important if WWE put their biggest draw on Tuesday nights. Raw is a huge entity and will continue to be, regardless of which show John Cena appears on. However, SmackDown has been far from a powerhouse and Cena's presence will draw in casual fans, who will likely be heavily impressed by the great talent that will be present on SmackDown.
At the same time, Cena being on SmackDown will allow another wrestler to take the reins on Monday Night Raw and become a mega-star in the process. It could be someone like A.J. Styles or Roman Reigns (don't groan), while it could also be someone like Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins. Regardless of who it is, WWE will be able to build themselves another huge star on Raw, while Cena takes care of business on SmackDown.