Why John Cena Needs to Be Moved to Smackdown Before It Dies

Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE
Photo courtesy of WWE

If WWE is going to continue producing Smackdown, it only makes sense to make John Cena a regular on the show.

Smackdown's programming is watered-down segments with comedy that isn't funny. The matches are repetitive. The roster overall lacks star power. They lack a big time feel.

More of the audience that John Cena's character appeals to watches Friday Night Smackdown than Raw. Monday nights have always had an older, more intelligent crowd watching.

I'm not saying take Cena completely off Raw, but make it known that he's Smackdown first, or at least as much as he is Raw. Make it known that every week on Friday nights he will be on the show. Cena on Smackdown isn't going to SAVE Smackdown, but it will be a logical step in showing that Smackdown intends to progress the content.

We're about to enter the road to WrestleMania. The Undertaker, The Rock and Brock Lesnar are just three names on what I'm sure will be a growing list of Raw participators, as they build to the biggest event of the year.

John Cena isn't needed every week for Raw.

Have you seen or been to a Smackdown taping lately? Judging by the crowds, odds are you haven't. Smaller venues that are half-empty with post-production sound to make the 5,000 people sound like 15,000.

I'm excited for next Tuesday.  In my current home of Pittsburgh, WWE will be here doing a live, commercial-free Smackdown. It will be the last bit of live WWE programming in 2012. Everything else for the final 10 days will be taped prior to airing. This should or could be a reminder of what Smackdown is, or used to be when top storylines and characters progressed on the show.

WWE Main Event in its hour on Wednesday is more entertaining than Smackdown.

There is going to be a time where WWE has choose.

Option one, they can make some roster moves and changes to the weekly program that signify they truly care about making Smackdown a progressive show like it use to be.

Option two, flat out admit it only exists so they can do two live event shows on same night in separate cities. Admit its only there to tout how they have great ratings on Syfy, only because everything on Syfy sucks.

That time is now.

Move John Cena to Smackdown. His you-can't-see-me hand gesture should be adopted as the Smackdown poster...because right now nobody wants to see it.