While perusing the vast library of WWE Network content last night for something to watch after WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view, I noticed a number of PPVs in the archive featured John Cena and Randy Orton battling it out for one of the World Championships, so I did some research.
Since 2007, John Cena and Randy Orton have wrestled each other (or in the same match with other participants, such as a Fatal 4-Way, six pack challenge, or Elimination Chamber match) with either the World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Championship or WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line 20 times.
In 2014, this has already happened four times. Cena and Orton participated in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way last night at Battleground along with Roman Reigns and Kane. The two also competed in the Money in the Bank match for the then-vacant title at last month’s pay-per-view of the same name, along with Kane, Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt and Cesaro. At February’s Elimination Chamber, Orton defended the title against Cena, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Christian and Sheamus in the chamber. And who could forget their Royal Rumble encounter in January.
The breakdown of times Cena and Orton have wrestled in a World Championship match by year is as follows:
• 2014: 4
• 2013: 1
• 2012: 0
• 2011: 0
• 2010: 3
• 2009: 5
• 2008: 3
• 2007: 4
Cena and Orton have engulfed the World Title picture and we’re only halfway through 2014. It’s obviously a testament to what WWE thinks of these two (perhaps more of Cena) that they’ve managed to stay in the championship scene for all this time. Or a pessimist could say it’s a failure on WWE’s part to build new stars. Even as we’ve seen the presence of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and more in the main event over the last five years, WWE continually falls back on its crutch of Cena and – to a lesser extent – Randy Orton.