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DANIEL BRYAN WAS WRONG: THE TRUTH ABOUT JOHN CENA VS. RIC FLAIR WHEN IT COMES TO TITLE REIGNS

By Dan Israel on 2017-02-16 14:19:00

Daniel Bryan made the ludicrous statement that (and I looked this up, this is an exact quote): “Some of Ric Flair’s title reigns were only like a month or 2 long, he’d lose it and gain it right back… John Cena’s title reigns haven’t been like that".

So I pulled the data (limiting Flair’s data to his 16 recognized titles…  if we count EVERYTHING, Flair has 21 or 22 reigns, which ends the conversation).

Flair’s reigns:

Title Won Lost Days Notes
NWA 9/17/81 6/10/83 631  
NWA 11/24/83 5/6/84 164  
NWA 5/24/84 7/26/86 793  
NWA 8/9/86 9/25/87 412  
NWA 11/26/87 2/20/89 452  
NWA 5/7/89 7/7/90 426  
NWA 1/11/91 9/8/91 240 *
WWF/E 1/19/92 4/5/92 77  
WWF/E 9/1/92 10/12/92 41  
NWA 7/18/93 7/17/94 364 **
WCW 12/27/95 1/22/96 26  
WCW 2/11/96 4/22/96 71  
WCW 3/4/99 3/14/99 10  
WCW 5/15/00 5/22/00 7  
WCW 5/29/00 5/29/00 0  

Total days: 3916 days Avg Run: 244.75 days

*This reign lasts until he leaves for WWF and is stripped
**This is the oddball.  NWA drops recognition (9/93) Flair remains  WCW champion

 

Cena’s reigns:

Title Won Lost Days Notes
WWF/E 4/3/05 1/8/06 280  
WWF/E 1/29/06 6/11/06 133  
WWF/E 9/16/06 10/2/07 380  
World Hvy 11/23/08 2/25/09 94  
World Hvy 4/5/09 4/26/09 21  
WWF/E 9/13/09 10/4/09 21  
WWF/E 10/25/09 12/13/09 49  
WWF/E 2/21/10 2/21/10 0  
WWF/E 3/28/10 6/20/10 84  
WWF/E 5/1/11 7/17/11 77  
WWF/E 7/25/11 8/14/11 20  
WWF/E 9/18/11 10/2/11 14  
WWF/E 4/7/13 8/18/13 133  
World Hvy 10/27/13 12/15/13 49  
WWF/E 6/29/14 8/17/14 49  
WWF/E 1/29/17 2/12/17 14  

Total days: 1418 days Avg Run: 88.625 days

If we compare short/long runs:

Length Flair Cena
Less than 1 month 4 6
Less than 2 months 5 9
Less than 3 months 7 11
More than 1 year 5 1
More than 2 years 1 0

Cena’s AVERAGE reign is less than 3 months and more than half are less than 2 months, but so much for "John Cena’s title reigns haven’t been like that".

Just putting real data to WWE’s “alternative facts".

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