Jinder Mahal’s reign as WWE Champion is now clocking in at close to 70 days. By the time defends the title at Summerslam, he will have held the title for 91 days. In that time, he would have held the WWE Championship longer than Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, Rob Van Dam, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, and many others. Now if John Cena finds himself involved in the WWE Championship match at Summerslam, there’s a very real chance that the Modern Day Maharaja’s time as champion comes to an end.
It shouldn’t, though. I am one of many who think that the Jinder experiment has run its course, but Cena must not be the one to dethrone Jinder. Here’s why.
It Will Be a Record-Breaking Win
John Cena just tied with Ric Flair for the most world title reigns in the WWE. He dethroned AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble to claim his 16th WWE / World Championship. That he lost it exactly two weeks later is of no importance. What matters is that he tied with Flair.
That was 7 months ago. Surely the whole “breaking records” thing can wait. Cena will always have a place in the company. He could face Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 67 for the WWE Championship if he wanted to. Despite appearing less and less, he will always be welcome.
That means there’s still a lot of time to crown Cena as the 17-time World Champion. There’s no real rush. The record could be broken 5 years from now and I don’t think anyone would complain. Let the whole thing happen naturally. Let it ferment like a fine wine. It should be like a good brisket; it needs a lot of time.
Everyone talks about things that absolutely need to happen at Wrestlemania lest the world implode upon itself. Styles – Nakamura, Cena – Reigns, etc. WWE likes to give away Wrestlemania marquee matches on PPV (looking at you, Battleground 2016), or even on free TV (looking at you, Styles – Orton). This one absolutely must happen at Wrestlemania.