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9. John Cena Looks to Break Ric Flair’s Title Record
There is no doubt in my mind that by the end of his career John Cena will be the most decorated champion in WWE history. Earlier this year, at Royal Rumble, John Cena defeated AJ Styles to capture his 16th WWE Championship. This mark ties him with another “all-timer,” The Nature Boy Ric Flair. At SummerSlam expect him to try and break this record.
Eventually, (Eventually!) Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal are going to have to stop having championship matches. No matter who comes out victorious in their Punjabi Prison match at Battleground, John Cena will be waiting. He’s already set the precedent that he can simply show up and demand (and be granted) a WWE Championship match. And I expect him to start chasing his 17th title after Battleground.
John Cena vs Randy Orton has been done to death, but both competitors defined a generation. WWE would have no issue trotting that matchup out as one of the main events at this year’s SummerSlam. And if Big Match John were to face Jinder Mahal, you simply go with the foreign heel versus the American patriot angle WWE loves.
But, surely, Cena’s record-breaking victory is WrestleMania worthy. And to that I would say, you’re right. Luckily, WWE has an insurance plan …