Backstage News On Why John Cena Moved To Monday Night Raw

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John Cena’s move to Monday Night Raw reportedly has Vince McMahon excited over potential matches against the new era.

Cena made his first appearance on Raw in over a year last Monday and many viewed the move as a business decision to draw bigger ratings for WWE’s flagship show. But Sports Illustrated‘s Justin Barrasso reports that the move was made with an eye to the future as Cena will be counted on to elevate other WWE Superstar, namely Roman Reigns.

“Vince McMahon wants Cena to elevate and give the rub to Roman Reigns,” Barrasso wrote. “The prevailing factor behind Cena’s move to Raw is all about his opponents. The decision was not made solely because Cena is going to draw ratings, but rather because of who Cena is going to draw ratings with.”

McMahon is ready to pull the trigger on a Cena-Reigns matchup, as Monday’s show already laid the groundwork for a showdown in the near future.

From a story-driven perspective, Cena also now has multiple fresh antagonists in Samoa Joe, The Drifter, and Braun Strowman,” Barrasso wrote. “The plan is to continue to elevate Cena even more, and then use his elevation to put over Reigns.”