Still the biggest name in WWE,John Cena is an integral part ofWWE SmackDown Live. As such, it would only make sense for Cena to be a part of the blue brand's first exclusive PPV, WWE Backlash 2016. But the leader of the Cenation hasn't been seen on WWE programming since losing toAJ Styles atWWE SummerSlam 2016. And his recent absence has barely been noted by Commissioner Shane McMahon or General Manger Daniel Bryan.

The Backlash tag was previously used for the event that followedWrestleMania every year, with the nightgenerally focused on feuds that had developed from the fallout of the biggest event of the year.

Now, it will highlight the feuds resulting from the SmackDown brand's fallout three weeks afterSummerSlam. With just hours remaining untilthe final episode ofSmackDown LivebeforeBacklash, there is no indication that John Cena will be a part of this year's card, despite the huge part Cena has played in priorWWE Backlash events.

What follows is one part ina series ofWWE Backlashhistory articles, in which we take a look at a WWE Superstar's record (such as The Undertakerand Randy Orton) at Backlash. That history is then taken into consideration forWWE Backlash 2016 predictions, which are discussed at the conclusion of the article.

Win-loss record atWWE Backlash

While John has competed in five very big matches atBacklash, he's lost more times than he's won. With an overall record of 2-3, the only one of Cena's matches at WWE Backlash that didn't close out the show was a match againstBrock Lesnar for the WWE Championship in 2003. He appeared every year between 2006 and 2009, always closing out the show in a match for a world title. They weren't easy matches, either. The stipulations included a Triple Threat Match, Fatal 4-Way Match, Four-Way Elimination Match and aLast Man Standing Match.

WWE Backlashtitle matches

Every match that Cena has had atBacklash has been for a world title. Four times he competed for the WWE Championship, and in 2009 he dropped the World Heavyweight Championship. He has never successfully challenged for a title atBacklash, having failed in 2003 and 2008. He successfully defended the WWE Championship back-to-back years in 2006 and 2007, but dropped the WHC title in 2009.

Worthy competition at Backlash

Cena has facedEdge three times in aBacklash main event. In 2006, it was Edge andTriple H challenging for Cena's title in a Triple Threat Match.

The following year, Edge was joined byRandy Orton andShawn Michaels in a Fatal 4-Way Match against Cena. Then in 2009, it was John Cena vs. Edge in a Last Man Standing Match. As previously mentioned, he faced Brock Lesnar in his firstBacklash appearance, and faced Triple H, Randy Orton and JBL in 2008's Four-Way Elimination Match

Predictions forBacklash 2016

John Cena isn't currently scheduled forBacklash, and WWE has given no indication that he'll be returning to WWE programming in the immediate future.

And while WWE generally likes to promote the return of big-name performers like Cena, a surprise return atWWE Backlash 2016 would almost definitely help increase ratings forWWE SmackDown Live two days later. If WWE were going to do this, it wouldn't do them any good to have him involved in theDean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles main event. Cena's program with Styles lasted long enough and ended on a good note.Instead, if John Cena makes an appearance at this year'sBacklash event, you should expect it to be as part of the undercard.

He could be involved with the finish or post-match shenanigans for Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt or evenThe Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler.

WWE Backlash2016will air live via the WWE Network on Sunday, September 11. TheBacklashKick-Off Show begins at 7/6c, while the main show begins at 8/7c. Viewers who can't watch the show as it airs live from The Coliseumin Richmond can stream the entire Backlashevent on-demand with the WWE Network.

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