WWE Smackdown kicked off WWE’s return to live tours, last week. They are leaving no stone unturned to surprise the WWE fans – with John Cena’s return clearly being the biggest of them. But it seems like the heat has already started to fizzle out.
The September 17th episode of WWE Smackdown, which was scheduled to take place in Atlanta, Georgia now stands cancelled. While no official announcement was made, it is likely that the event was cancelled due to the lack of sales. Reportedly, WWE had managed to sell only 1700 tickets, as of last week.
The event has now been moved to WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair’s, hometown – Knoxville Tennessee. It is quite likely that we could see Belair feature in the episode in a big way.
Since the return of the live shows WWE has been witnessing a massive surge in the viewership. The first episode, which was the go-home show for Money in the Bank witnessed over 2 million viewers. These numbers are a testament that WWE can pull in big numbers even without Cena.
WWE Smackdown and Raw shows will be heavily featuring John Cena
Since the resumption of the live events, WWE has managed to bring in massive numbers, and John Cena might have a massive role to play in that. He has been appearing on WWE Raw episodes too, despite feuding against Roman Reigns, who is a part of the Smackdown roster.
WWE has planned several Cena appearances in the upcoming shows, concluding with the WWE Summerslam. These appearances have been aptly titled – ‘Summer of Cena”. His schedule for the season includes:
- Friday, July 23: SmackDown – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland
- Saturday, July 24: Supershow – PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh
- Sunday, July 25: Supershow – KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.
- Monday, July 26: Raw – T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo.
- Friday, July 30: SmackDown – Target Center in Minneapolis
- Saturday, July 31: Supershow – Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee
- Sunday, August 1: Supershow – Little Caesars Arena in Detroit
- Friday, August 6: SmackDown – Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
- Saturday, August 7: Supershow – Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.
- Monday, August 9: Raw – Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
- Friday, August 13: SmackDown – BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
- Saturday, August 14: Supershow – Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.
- Sunday, August 15: Supershow – Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.
- Friday, August 20: SmackDown – Footprint Center in Phoenix
- Saturday, August 21: SummerSlam – Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
The absence of Cena from the shows that take place post WWE Summerslam, might be the reason for the fall in sales. But it is still too early to judge as WWE might see a surge in tickets once they advertise Superstars for the events.