It’s been a little over two years since John Cena has held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and over the last two years, many have wondered exactly when he’ll tie Ric Flair’s record for the most title reigns in history. All he has to do is win the title one more time, but, unless something changes, he won’t be tying Flair’s record until next year, at the earliest.
According to Cageside Seats, John Cena is only going to appear on one more WWE show before the end of the year, with that show being Survivor Series. It’s unclear if he’ll actually show up on SmackDown in the weeks leading up to the November 20 show, or if his appearance there will just be a one-and-done. Also, it looks like the WWE World Heavyweight Championship won’t even be defended on the show, but, Cena probably will be in the ring with the champ, as he’ll likely be a part of the SmackDown Survivor Series team, which will probably include himself, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, and Dolph Ziggler.
Many believe that John Cena’s sixteenth title win will be held off until WrestleMania 33. If WWE is planning to have him be in the title match in Orlando next year, he’ll have to win the Royal Rumble match in January, and if he does win the Rumble, he’ll tie another record set by a WWE legend, which is Steve Austin’s record of most Rumble wins in history.
So, who will John Cena’s WrestleMania opponent be if he challenges for the title? As of this writing, AJ Styles is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be dropping that title anytime soon. Of course, Cena and Styles wrestled each other quite a bit over the last few months, and Styles ended up defeating Cena in both of their one-on-one matches, which suggests that Cena is going to get his win back at some point in the future. Will it happen at WrestleMania 33? It could. Cena and Styles obviously have fantastic chemistry with one another, so they could certainly steal the show if they wrestled each other next spring.
There’s a chance that WWE could insert Ric Flair into John Cena’s quest for his sixteenth world title win, possibly as a guest referee in the match where he’s attempting to tie “The Nature Boy’s” record.
WWE has recently started calling Charlotte, the daughter of Ric Flair, Charlotte Flair, and, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, that’s because they’re planning on bringing Ric back at some point. Does that mean that he’ll once again be paired up with his daughter? Maybe. But, inserting him into John Cena’s quest for his sixteenth WWE World Heavyweight Championship win would be a great way to bring him back.
During a recent edition of his podcast, The Ric Flair Show, Flair said that he would like for Cena to be the one to tie, and eventually break his record. He also added that, if Cena did tie his record, he’d be the first to congratulate him.
“Well, first of all, I text John. I love John. He’s always, even when I’m not there, he throws my name out there and keeps me in the public eye. I would be elated if John got that. I mean, he [has] worked hard enough and it’s never going to affect my legacy. I think the world of John Cena as a person, as a man. If he won that title for the sixteenth time, I’d be the first to congratulate him.”
John Cena isn’t scheduled to return to WWE television until January, so we should have a better idea of what he’ll be doing at WrestleMania 33 shortly after he comes back. But, the SmackDown brand is quickly running out of challengers for AJ Styles’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and unless WWE is planning on having Randy Orton or Bray Wyatt challenge Styles next spring, we could see Cena wrestle, and defeat Styles in Orlando.
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