Rumors are now circulating that John Cena regardless of the match on SmackDown Live this week with Shinsuke Nakamura, he will be in the WWE Championship Match at SummerSlam.
As most loyal WWE fans are aware, John Cena is a 16x WWE World Champion, and currently tied with 2-time Hall of Fame member Ric Flair. And now with being inserted in to the title picture upon his return to SmackDown Live, he is poised to be the greatest champion in WWE History.
But, in this writer’s opinion, WWE should not pull the trigger on that just yet. And here are a few reasons why.
Jinder Mahal has not lived up to WWE Management’s expectations when it comes to the reaction of the fans being a full-on heel champion. Although he has defeated Randy Orton a few times, he hasn’t done it without the help of interference. If he were to defeat John Cena, or even Shinsuke Nakamura as well in a Triple Threat Match, that would skyrocket his value in the company has their champion. Giving John Cena a win over Jinder Mahal to get his 16th World Title win would do absolutely nothing for Jinder, and would most likely send him back to the jobber position he has always held in his WWE Career.
On the subject of the 17th World Title win, that story arc should be played out for month, with Cena always coming close, but never able win the match to get that final 17th Title. This story line should honestly be played out for a long time, and wait until Wrestlemania. I’m not one for fantasy booking, but we have discussed this situation many times on the Elite Ringside Network. You should have Randy Orton win the title a few more times to get him to 16 Title wins as well. Then at Wrestlemania, you have Randy Orton vs. John Cena for the vacant WWE Championship. Winner becomes the 17x World Champion. You could build that match for an entire year.
John Cena winning his 17th Title at Summer Slam a month after returning to television doesn’t draw the numbers, it doesn’t build up the suspense and the hype that being the most victorious title holder in the history of WWE should have. So in this writer’s opinion, John Cena should not be victorious at Summer Slam 2017.