As we wrote about last night, John Cena is scheduled to return on next week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. The show will be taped on Friday so we’ll have more details in a few days on whatever he is booked to do.
Cena is also booked for SmackDown Live. That show will be taped on Saturday night since the broadcast falls on New Year’s Day. He is scheduled for a Miz TV segment. No other details are available but don’t look for Cena to stick around for too long because he is scheduled to start filming another movie on January 20. This likely means that he will not be appearing at the Royal Rumble.
As previously noted, Cena did media interviews last week and said that his return to live events would not include WWE TV. Something must have changed during the last few days because he was not originally booked to appear on Raw and SmackDown Live TV as of a few days ago.
The change of plans appears to be a reaction to the declining ratings. WWE viewership has declined due to the poor creative direction and the absence of Roman Reigns.
The word in WWE is that Cena will be appearing at WrestleMania in some form but we don’t know what the plans are for him.