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John Cena hasn’t been featured on WWE programming since proposing to Nikki Bella on the grandest stage of them all. His commitments to Hollywood have taken him away from WWE for the time being, but his return to the company could happen much sooner than expected.

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The WWE Universe is expecting Cena back well before Summerslam, but there have been a few rumors about him being back with WWE before Money in the Bank in June. However, it’s now being reported that WWE officials are asking for him to return to television much sooner.

It’s no secret that ratings for Raw and SmackDown have been trending downwards following Wrestlemania season, but WWE officials are asking Cena to appear as much as he can on SmackDown over the coming weeks before making his full return to WWE programming.

These segments likely wouldn’t be used for anything big, but it could provide WWE with an opportunity to give the ratings on SmackDown a boost heading into the summer. Having him back on SmackDown for even a few appearances could also set up his next feud when he does return.