John Cena is a name that will spring up in every conversation regarding all-time greats. Love him or not, you have to agree that John Cena has been an integral part of the company for the better part of the last 15 years. The company has placed him at the top of the pyramid and has grown around him. In fact, his family friendly gimmick was tailor made for the PG era.
Given that Cena is a future Hall of Famer and one of the highest earning pro wrestlers around, WWE naturally wants to invest more in his legacy and nothing would be better as the 15-time champ equalling Ric Flair’s record of 16 World Championships. But this is easier said than done. Ric Flair was perhaps the biggest thing going on in wrestling in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. He defended the NWA championship all around the world and people paid to watch him fight.
Flair is perhaps one of the most respected pro-wrestlers of all time and his record of 16 world championships is highly regarded by the hardcore wrestling community. Filling up his boots would be a tall ask even for John Cena. Cena has his fair share of detractors who feel that he has already been handed the championship more times than he deserves.
So come No Mercy this October, Cena will again be competing for the WWE World Championship against the likes of Dean Ambrose and defending champion AJ Styles. Both John Cena and the WWE have been teasing the possibility of Cena equaling Flair’s record.
But there may be some bad news in store for Cenation fans hoping that he will achieve this elusive milestone. Of late, Cena has been working on a part-time schedule and is set to take another sabbatical when he leaves for shooting the second season of American Grit. One might argue that Lesnar was a champion that seldom defended the title during his reign but I feel it’s not fair to compare anyone with Lesnar. The guy gets what he wants.
Coming back to No Mercy, it is almost certain that AJ Styles will retain the championship given that his reign has just begun and frankly, Styles is having a dream run right now. It is speculated, however, that Cena might win the World Championship at WrestleMania 33.
There are also rumors about Cena getting the opportunity to see off the Undertaker in The Phenom’s last match at WrestleMania. However, it was revealed that Taker’s status with the company is still unknown and he was reported to have been telling people that his match at WrestleMania 32 was his last.
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