Why John Cena will break Ric Flair’s World Title reign
This past Sunday at WrestleMania 32, John Cena made a surprise appearance since being out for the past three months with a shoulder injury. When Cena’s music hit, the crowd went nuts. The crowd has always popped for Cena whether it’s been in a good or bad way. The same can also be said for Ric Flair, who holds the record for the most World Title reigns in history with 16. Cena is just one World Title reign away from tying Flair’s record. Cena will not only tie Flair’s record, but will also break it.
The reason Cena will beat Flair’s record is because he is a good guy inside and outside the ring. Inside the ring, Cena has always been a face wrestler. A face wrestler is a wrestler who the fans are supposed to cheer for; they are the good guys. The WWE likes to make their “poster child” a face wrestler. Cena has been the WWE “poster child” for most of his career.
During a podcast with fellow WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, Jericho brought up the question of if Cena would ever turn heel. Becoming a heel means that Cena would become a wrestler that is meant to be not a fan favorite. They are meant to get booed at; the fans aren’t supposed to like them. To answer Jericho’s question, Cena said he wouldn’t mind becoming heel but that he can’t, due to his charity work. He loves doing charity work and if he turns heel, someone must continue to do it. Until the WWE can find someone to take over that, Cena can’t be a heel.
Outside the WWE, Cena is a charitable man. Two years after he started with the WWE, Cena started to grant wishes for the Make-A-Wish foundation. In August of 2015, Cena granted his 500th wish, making him the first celebrity to grant 500 wishes in Make-A-Wish history. Cena still grants wishes for Make-A-Wish and holds the title for the most wishes granted by a single individual with the count now over 500.
Another charity that Cena works very close with is the Susan G. Komen foundation. Ever since 2012, during the month of October, Cena changes all of his gear to pink in support of the foundation. During October, whenever fans buy his pink gear, all of the money is donated to the foundation. So far, Cena and the WWE have raised over $1.5 million for the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Not only does Cena do a lot of charitable work, but he has also made himself a celebrity outside of the wrestling world. Many people today may recognize Cena from his supporting roles in the comedy movies Trainwrek and Sisters. He has also guest-starred on multiple hit shows including Parks and Recreation and Psych. Not only has Cena guest-starred on television shows, he has also been a guest co-host multiple times on the morning show Today. Cena has also made appearances at multiple awards shows and late night talk shows.
It took Flair 36-years to win 16 World Title reigns. Cena, who is currently in his 14th year, has already had 15 World Title reigns. It has taken him just under half of Flair’s entire career to come two title reigns away from breaking the record. Cena is a good guy inside and outside the ring; this is why he will break Flair’s World Title reign.