WWE TLC 2011: John Cena's Uncertainty Should Lead to More PPV Buys

Mike SalvatoreCorrespondent IIIDecember 16, 2011

TLC is a mere two days away, and John Cena has not been added to the card!

According to F4WOnline.com (h/t WrestleZone), Cena may not have a match in this year’s final (thankfully) pay-per-view of the year, and instead may serve as the special guest referee in the United States Championship match between Zack Ryder and Dolph Ziggler.

However, he could then be added to the WWE Championship match on Sunday.

Following this week's events, Cena could also be put into a match with the recently returning Phantom of the Opera Kane. There also may be the chance that Cena gets left off the card all together and is not featured at the PPV.

As you can see, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out there are several interesting directions for Cena to go as the road to WrestleMania begins.

Now according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestleZone), WWE officials feel that the TLC may have the lowest buy rate of any PPV this year, but I don’t think that will be the case.

There is no way Cena doesn’t make an appearance in some capacity at the event, and I think the intrigue of seeing what Cena’s role will be during the event will actually increase the buy rate.

This is not a fantasy world; as much as CM Punk’s ascension to the top of the card has been a breath of fresh air, John Cena is still the meal ticket for Vince and friends.

If Cena is inserted as the special guest referee in the US Title match, we can see a conflicted Cena potentially have to make a difficult call against his buddy Zack Ryder which will turn the fans against him even more.

Or perhaps Cena finds his way into the main-event title match somehow, which could add more fuel to the perceived unfair opportunities that have been afforded to Cena.

Regardless of what happens you can bet your bippy that Cena will have some impact on the TLC PPV, but it’s the unknown of what Cena’s role will be this Sunday night in Baltimore that should spark some interest from fans who are on the fence of ordering the PPV.

Will we see the same old Super Cena?

Or could we see more development of the audience-conscious John Cena?

Looks to me like you’ll have to order TLC on Sunday to find out.