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John Cena added to SmackDown's WWE Survivor Series team


Though he was originally scheduled to referee a match at the show, John Cena will instead be wrestling at Survivor Series.

It was announced today that Cena had been added as the final member of SmackDown's men's division team for their elimination tag match against Raw. Cena will team with Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Shane made the announcement about Cena joining the team on Twitter: "Further proving #SDLive is the superior brand, I'm happy to announce @JohnCena will be the 5th member of Team Smackdown at #SurvivorSeries."

Raw's team for the match is currently scheduled to be Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, and Jason Jordan.

Cena hasn't appeared on WWE television since losing to Roman Reigns at Raw's No Mercy pay-per-view in September. Reigns will return on next week's episode of Raw, possibly setting up his direction for Survivor Series.

In storyline, Cena is currently a "free agent" and can wrestle for both Raw and SmackDown. He was at one point planned to be the special guest referee for the Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal non-title champion vs. champion match at Survivor Series until plans were changed and it was decided that AJ Styles would win the WWE Championship from Mahal before the PPV.