John Cena will attempt to make history Sunday night.
And no one would be happier to see that happen than 16-time world champion Ric Flair, whose number of championship reigns is on the line if Cena is successful in winning the crown at the No Mercy pay-per-view.
Should Cena, 39, emerge victorious in his three-way match with current champ AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose, he would tie Flair’s longstanding record of 16 world titles.
“I would love for John Cena to win the title and them to give me six months to get ready because I could wrestle again very easily,” the 67-year-old Flair said last week on his weekly podcast. “But I would need six months just for cosmetics and a couple months of everyday training in the ring at the (WWE) Performance Center.”
That doesn’t mean Flair thinks that scenario will ever play out.
“I would love that to happen. I don’t think it ever will, but I could be in that kind of shape if I got the heads-up in the next month or so,” Flair said. “I wrestled everybody except for John in a single and, of course, The Shield, the new guys, and that. There’s nobody I missed. I think what makes my career unique is I wrestled everybody.”
Flair, whose championship reigns vary by source — some totaling as high as 20, also doesn’t think Cena will tie his record. At least not any time soon. He believes to do so would halt Styles’ great momentum.
“Well, the thing you’ve got to remember too, for him to do that, they’d have to cut off the momentum on AJ and I don’t see that happening either. So, I mean, do I respect John and think he would deserve that, yes. But I don’t think they’re going to take the momentum away from AJ anytime soon.”
Few would argue that Cena has a long way to go to match Flair’s incredible wrestling career that began 45 years ago. The Nature Boy won his first National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight championship in 1981 when he defeated the late Dusty Rhodes in Kansas, City, Mo.
If Cena wins, Flair will be the first to congratulate him
“I think the world of John and I think that when I look at what he has done for the company and, of course, the company has done a lot for him, but his work ethic is incredible. He’s a great guy. He’s a great ambassador. And if he won that title for the 16th time, I’d be the first to congratulate him.”
“We are on the cusp of something great,” Cena recently said.
We’ll all find out Sunday night.
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella announced last week that they are expecting their first child.
“It has always been a dream of mine to become a mother,” Brie told EOnline.com. “Now that it is finally real, it fills me up with so much happiness. I can’t wait to see my husband, Bryan, be a father to our child. I am so excited for this new chapter in our lives.”
“The day we found out, I just couldn’t stop smiling,” Bryan added. “We are so excited to be parents. Every time I look at Brie’s stomach, I’m amazed that there is a little life in there.”
Brie, 32, and Bryan (Bryan Danielson), 35, were married in April 2014.
Due to Hurricane Matthew, Sunday night’s Old School Championship Wrestling show has been canceled.
The main event was to have featured a rematch in a cage between Gangrel and Kevin Thorn. The two will meet at the next show on Dec. 4. Former WWE star Chris Masters also is scheduled to make his return at that event.
All tickets purchased in advance for Oct. 9 will be honored at the Dec. 4 show.