John Cena to take on Baron Corbin in WWE Smackdown
Jan 11, 2017
John Cena will wrestle his first match on WWE TV since October when he faces Baron Corbin on Smackdown Live. The Cenation Leader, who will challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble on January 29, will battle Corbin in a singles bout for the first time.
Corbin's appearance towards the end of Cena and Styles' Royal Rumble contract signing last week allowed Styles - champion since downing Dean Ambrose at Backlash in September - to crack Cena with a dropkick.
Corbin - the winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32 last spring - then talked smack while standing over a prone Cena, leading to this week's match being made.
Cena versus Corbin could be a taster of a future championship contest, with the latter vowing to win the 30-man Royal Rumble Match and go on to fight for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 33 in April.
Elsewhere on Smackdown, Cena's girlfriend, Nikki Bella, will look for revenge against Natalya, with the Canadian attacking her at Survivor Series and launching a torrent of abuse in her direction since.
The Smackdown Tag Team Titles could switch hands, meanwhile, as American Alpha's Chad Gable and Jason Jordan defend the belts against former champions The Wyatt Family.