Dave Metlzer has noted that Roman Reigns’ major announcement due on next week’s WWE Raw and John Cena’s return as a “Free Agent” on the July 4th edition of SmackDown Live aren’t linked and the plan is not for them to wrestle right now.
Cena has taken a step back from the ring over the last year, with his focus very much on Hollywood. In fact, Cena last appeared on WWE programming at Wrestlemania 33, where he and Nikki Bella became officially engaged.
Since then he has been working to promote the upcoming season of his FOX reality series American Grit and to film roles for several upcoming feature films, including Daddy’s Home 2 and The Pact.
Having Cena appear on both Raw and SmackDown should help boost ratings for both brands.