CM Punk Passes John Cena's Title Reign, Cena Comments

Travis TaylorFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

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CM Punk’s legendary title run as WWE Champion reached a milestone today as he officially surpassed John Cena and became the longest reigning champion of the past 25 years.

He won the title by defeating Alberto Del Rio at the 2011 Survivor Series and has had a strong hold on the title since then.

On his Twitter account today, John Cena acknowledged Punk’s achievement:



Injured or healthy, today @cmpunk is the longest reigning @wwe champ in modern era, it would be hypocritical not to acknowledge + respect it

— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 5, 2012

He then went on to note:



Both tweets are a nice gesture from one of Punk’s most frequent opponents.

Punk and Cena have faced each other seven times over the past year, four times for the WWE Championship and three times on pay-per-view. (

Cena's second tweet would seem to indicate that Punk will not be stripped of the belt due to a lack of title defenses and may confirm Punk will be The Rock's opponent at the Royal Rumble.  

Punk partially tore his meniscus following his encounter with Ryback on this past Monday’s episode of Raw. Vince McMahon himself commented on Punk’s injury, which forced him out of the main event at TLC. 

Punk’s return date from his injury has not been announced.