John Cena may be close, but Ric Flair says that the WWE star won’t beat his World Title record for one reason.
John Cena has enjoyed many World Championship wins throughout his WWE career. His last title victory came in 2017 when he defeated AJ Styles to capture the WWE Championship. Cena’s victory that year made him a 16-time champion holder, tying him with ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
Despite Cena’s impressive championship record, Flair has stated that he’s won more world championships. Some of the Hall of Famer’s title wins took place on non-televised events that the WWE doesn’t acknowledge. The ‘Nature Boy’ has even lost titles only to regain them a few days later.
During his appearance on “Insight with Chris Van Vliet,” Flair discussed why he believed Cena wouldn’t truly catch up to his actual number of championship wins. The Hall of Famer thinks Cena being now a part-time wrestler will prevent him from ever earning a lot more championships in the long run.
“I don’t think so. I don’t think they will ever give it to a part-time performer. I think that Randy Orton has a better shot at it, Randy will come back, he has to have surgery. But I certainly wouldn’t be offended because the real number is 21. They all have a way to go. But I love John Cena, he is a such a credible performer and just one of the great guys in the business.”
Orton and Cena famously swapped World Titles during their main event feud on Raw in 2009. Both Superstars arrived on WWE’s main roster at about the same time, and won mid-card titles before moving onto the main event picture.
While Cena has transitioned into acting, Orton continues to remain an active competitor in the WWE landscape. The Viper currently is dealing with a severe back injury.
Meanwhile, Flair is set to wrestle his supposed final match this weekend in Nashville. The legendary star has recently said that he regrets coming out of retirement after his match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24.
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