John Cena Celebrates 10 Years with WWE, Eyes Ric Flair's Title Record

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2012

Happy Anniversary, John Cena, and congrats on 10 great years
Happy Anniversary, John Cena, and congrats on 10 great yearsJacob de Golish/Getty Images

It was exactly 10 years ago today that John Cena came out during Kurt Angle's promo to show why he had "Ruthless Aggression."

In that time, we have seen Cena go through some serious character changes, all of which helped propel him to being one of the most popular wrestlers in the world today. has an interview up with Cena where he discusses his time in WWE, his status as a role-model for children and many other things.

The most interesting thing to note is his statement about Ric Flair and his record of being World Champion 16 times. Here is what Cena had to say:

I know the number 16 [Ric Flair's total of World Championship reigns] is put on a pedestal, and I’m quite a ways away from that. But that would be something to shoot for. And when or if 16 happens, or number 17 happens, then 20 becomes the number to shoot for. That’s what I love about doing this.

Cena eyeing this achievement is no surprise, and with the pace he has been on, he could be the person to end up breaking that record.

While in WWE, Cena has held an astounding 12 top championships; 10 WWE and two World titles.

It took Ric Flair decades to get to 12 reigns, and he had to do it across the NWA, WCW and WWE while Cena has had the luxury of being able to amass this pile of gold in one company.

Any superstar who is not hoping to smash that record probably does not have their heart fully in the business, because Flair's number of World titles is the benchmark for every wrestler.

While there is some debate as to the exact number of World Titles Flair has held, the number is universally acknowledged at 16, and that is what every WWE superstar should be shooting for.

The thing about Cena that is different from most superstars is that he actually has a great chance of doing this.

He is a decade-long employee who could have another decade in him if he plays his cards right and does not suffer any major injuries which threaten the longevity of his career.

The question should not be whether Cena deserves to break this record, but rather does he deserve to be the first one to do it?

Randy Orton is not far behind Cena with a more-than-satisfactory record of nine total titles between the WWE and World Championships.

For a long time, it looked like it would be Triple H who broke this record, because he had outlasted guys like The Rock and Austin in WWE and went on to hold 13 WWE and World Championships.

When Flair was wrestling full time, the title did not switch hands as much, which is why his level of success is considered such a great accomplishment—especially for a guy who did not look like a bodybuilder in the Hogan era.

There are likely to be some fans who feel Cena does not deserve to break Flair's record, but after all, records are made to be broken.

Do you think Cena should be the first guy to break the record set by Flair for 16 World titles?