WWE Night of Champions 2012: John Cena Destined to Finally End Title Drought

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerContributor IIISeptember 15, 2012

John Cena, WWE Champion during 'See No Evil' Premiere - Arrivals in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
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With WWE Night of Champions just one day away, analysts and fans are throwing in their two cents and predicting which wrestlers will be able to retain their titles. 

The highlight fight of the night will feature John Cena against defender CM Punk, and the winner will be the undisputed WWE Champion. 

Cena has been crowned WWE Champion on 10 different occasions, starting with his first run as the WWE Champion in 2005, which lasted 280 days.

Cena last won the title on September 18, 2011. He held the title for only 14 days and hasn't won the WWE title since.

It has been the third-longest title drought of Cena's career since first winning the title in 2005.

CM Punk, on the other hand, is the far less decorated of the two.

CM Punk won his first WWE title in July of 2011 and held it for 20 days before relinquishing the belt to Alberto Del Rio.

In November of 2011, CM Punk once again claimed the belt and has held onto it for exactly 300 days—Sunday will be the 301st day.

CM Punk has held on to the title for far too long, while Cena's title drought has been unusually lengthy. 

Put the two together, and it's clear that Cena will once again be declared the WWE Champion. 

WWE Night of Champions will take place in Boston, Massachusetts at the TD Garden. The fact Boston is Cena's hometown only adds to the intrigue and makes a Cena victory even more realistic and expected. 

Then again, it wouldn't be surprising if WWE purposefully constructed a hometown environment for Cena only to make a CM Punk victory more surprising and unexpected.

In the end, Cena should have a clear shot at ending his drought, and he needs a victory to keep up his legacy.