John Cena has done what only four other men—not ordinary men, but legends—have accomplished.
His combined title reign (WWE Championship only) has encompassed 1,002 days today. An extraordinary feat to say the least, and in 26 days he will have the fourth longest-combined title reign in WWE history by beating Pedro Morales' previous record of 1,027 days.
Cena is now 34 years old, meaning he has about 10 years left in the business. And in that time he's also bound to hold the title more than three times; so there's no doubt he will beat Triple H's current record of 13 world titles. He's also currently tied with Triple H for winning the WWE Championship eight times, so by the end of his career he will for sure have the most World Championships under his name in WWE history.
But does Cena deserve the accolade?
Rowdy Roddy Piper didn't hold the world title once, and in my book he is one of the biggest superstars to ever live. Without Piper there would be no Hulk Hogan.
Shawn Michaels is the best in-ring performer in this industry's history, and he has only won four World Championships. The Undertaker in his illustrious 20-year career at the top of the company has seven World Championships under his name.
So in today's wrestling, the World Championships do not define superstars. If they did, then Jeff Jarrett, an 11-time World Champion, would be a living legend.
John Cena defines an era. It may be a controversial one, but he is the current figurehead of professional wrestling so John Cena deserves the accolade.
If the original Hulk Hogan held the title for more than 2,000 days, the Version 2.0 should at least encompass half that number.