John Cena has done a lot of things in the world of professional wrestling. He has accomplished so much, that there is not a lot left for him in the ring. The WWE knows this. The writing has been on the wall now for over a year. He has now hosted Saturday night live, co-starred in main stream movies, and hosts his own show on FOX.
I don’t think there will ever be another Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. However, Cena is finding a high level of success outside of the WWE. For many fans this is a good thing. Some fans have gone cold on Cena. Which is unfortunate, as he revived the US Championship while putting on the best matches of his career. He has defied the odds when it comes to recovery. He has broken records for the Make-a-wish foundation. Whether you love him or think he sucks, there is no denying that Cena is a special superstar.
There are however, two accomplishments that have eluded Cena thus far. The first is a WrestleMania match against the Undertaker. There is no doubt in my mind that this would be a fabulous match. Cena has pretty good range for someone labeled as limited. He and Taker could put on a great match, tell a great story, and it wouldn’t have to be a technical masterpiece. The only person with a longer career in the spotlight of WWE than Cena is the Undertaker. They deserve to share that spotlight together as two individuals that represent every great era of WWE up to this point. It is nice way to transition to the new generation. My fondness for this match is not about Slammy awards or championships. It’s about two veterans who deserve to battle each other before it is too late.
The second accomplishment is a little more controversial. Ric Flair holds the record of being a 16x World Champion. Cena is currently resting in second place as a 15x World Champion. For a few years now there have been rumors that Vince wants to make Cena the greatest champion of all time. There are fans out there who would consider it a heresy to do so. While I don’t agree with that line of thinking, I can’t make an argument that says they are wrong.
If anyone deserves to take the record from Ric Flair, it has to be John Cena. This has nothing to do with the fact that I am s huge Cena mark. I have no problem admitting that. It probably plays into my support of this quest. Hogan, Rock, Austin, and Punk have all been bigger draws than John Cena. There is no argument there. When it comes to the business, Cena is a maximum of 5th when it comes to hottest runs. But when you look at longevity and love for the business of professional wrestling, Cena is on the same level as Flair.
There is an argument to be made bout the territory days. Ric Flair was the champion of many areas. He wrestled all over the country. He was known throughout the USA and Japan before cable and internet reigned supreme. That is something that can’t be matched. There will never be another Ric Flair. That isn’t John Cena’s fault. He has done the best with what he had to work with. Cena toppled every obstacle. He worked his way up the ladder. He paid his dues. He earned his spot.
Just like there will never be another Babe Ruth. Ruth will always be known as the best homerun hitter in baseball even though his records have since been broken. Like Ruth, Flairs legacy isn’t about his accomplishments. It is about how they elevated the sport. Flair will forever be the greatest wrestler of all time. But records are made to be broken. If the New Day can break Tag Team records from the golden era, why can’t Cena?