It looks like John Cena will be trading his SmackDown blue for RAW Red.
"Cena will actually stop working SmackDown televised events with the SummerSlam go-home show on Tuesday, August 15th. After that, he is only scheduled to work Monday Night RAW tapings and RAW pay-per-views."
Tonight, Cena is set to face Shinsuke Nakamura for the right to challenge Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam for the WWE championship. But the news that Cena is leaving adds room for some lucrative speculation.
While it doesn't look like Cena will be carrying the WWE Championship to RAW, that doesn't mean he can't win the title at SummerSlam. He would just have to lose it before he jumped to RAW. This is where Baron Corbin comes into play with his Money in the Bank briefcase. Could he cash in on Cena right after he eclipsed the great Ric Flair as 17x WWE Champion? We'll see.
One may need at least a coffee to understand all of the elements at play here, but this adds quite the twist to the WWE landscape. With all of the scuttlebutt, the safest assumption we can make is that Cena will not be WWE Champion after SummerSlam. And, if he is, it won't last long as he will have to lose it within the first few weeks of September.
It would be hard to see WWE giving Cena such an impactful moment like breaking Ric Flair's record just to have his reign cut short by an opportunistic Baron Corbin. For Cena's 17th, WrestleMania 34 against Roman Reigns seems the more likely setting.
WWE feels like Game of Thrones, and that's a great thing.