John Cena Wants to Defend World Title at WrestleMania: “It’s Viewed as a Second-Tier Championship”

Mike Killam

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World Heavyweight Championship John Cena declared his desire to defend his new title at WrestleMania 30, in a recent interview with Nola.com. Cena also talks about dethroning "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, his critics, favorite WrestleMania moments and more. 

 

 

“This is not taken as a shot of disrespect to anyone who has held the title before me, but it’s now viewed as a second-tier championship. (Defending it at WrestleMania 30) will truly put a stamp on making it the real deal. I want the WWE universe to realize that it’s not a second-tier championship. It should be treated with as much respect as the WWE title.”

With Cena's world title victory at WWE Hell in a Cell last month, he is now at #14, and just two away from what many consider to be Ric Flair's record holding 16 world championships. The "Nature Boy" has technically held many more, but WWE seems to be randomly selective with which titles and wins/losses they choose to recognize. With each of Cena's 14 world title runs earned in the WWE over the past decade, many have speculated that he may be the first to topple the landmark. 

“If I have two more (titles), that means I’m going to lose it two more times. So I’d rather stay at 14. That record is held in pretty high esteem. Just to be in that conversation, that means I’ve done something right over the years. If it gets to the point of where it does happen, I’ll enjoy hearing what our fans have to say.”

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