The role of John Cena is now official for Survivor Series. After rumors of him possibly working as a referee at the show, Smackdown’s Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that Cena will be a part of Team Smackdown at Survivor Series on November 19 in Houston.
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) November 8, 2017
Cena commented that he’s ready to join the team.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) November 8, 2017
That means that Survivor Series will be Cena’s first match in WWE since late September’s No Mercy PPV where he lost to Roman Reigns as part of the Raw brand. The reason Cena is allowed to work for Smackdown is because he’s considered a “free agent” in WWE storylines. That means WWE can put him on either Raw or Smackdown at any time.
Here’s the full lineup for Survivor Series, which is nearly complete, but there are still some missing holes in it.
Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles
Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw (Captain Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe & Jason Jordan) vs. Team Smackdown (Captain Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, John Cena, Shinsuke Nakamura & Bobby Roode)
Women’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw (Captain Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, Asuka and one more name) vs. Team Smackdown (Captain Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Tamina & Naomi)
Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos
Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Smackdown Women’s Champion Natalya – This match could change if Charlotte Flair beats Natalya for the SD Women’s Title on next week’s Smackdown.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. United States Champion Baron Corbin
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto
There may be another match added that sees The Shield trio of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose take on The New Day trio of Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, but that’s just a strong rumor and not official yet.