John Cena Doesn't Consider WHC Second-Tier, New WWE Job Listings

- The Times-Picayune has a new article online featuring quotes from John Cena. In it, he says he doesn't consider the World Heavyweight Championship a second-tier championship and hopes to defend it at Wrestlemania XXX next year. Below is an excerpt:

“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,” Cena said. “(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.”

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  • jdl

    By the nature of his position in the company it does not matter which belt Cena defends, so long as it is a “world” title it is the centerpiece of the company since the belt is just a prop and the person holding it is what matters in this day and age.

  • Snap

    That’s probably one thing I agree with what Cena says. In fact, I’ve never considered the World Heavyweight championship to be “second-tier” it’s just that WWE and even some past champions consider the WWE championship to be “the big one.”

    I don’t believe it was until after the World Heavyweight championship became the SmackDown championship that it started to get thought of as less important than the WWE championship. Just look at the time frame of both championships being defended in the main event of WrestleMania.

    WrestleMania 20 and 21 were main event with World Heavyweight title matches, after which John Cena was drafted to RAW and if WrestleMania closed on a title match, it would almost always be the WWE championship. The lone exception was WrestleMania 24, with Edge defending the World Heavyweight championship against Undertaker. It didn’t help the view of the title when it jerked the curtain at WrestleManias 27 and 28. Then there is the ton of other PPVs where the WHC was pretty much depicted as filler.

    All WWE needs to do is book it with the respect of a World championship and the public perception will follow suit.

  • Patrick

    he is right WWE and fans treat the World belt as second to the WWE Belt. the World belt has more history to it. It’s more important just not to Vince.

  • Venom

    Thing is while I don’t mind cena having a long healthy title reign to make the WHC prestige again, I don’t want to see him main eventing wrestlemania. And while I hate that sandow lost clean to an injured cena I don’t mind if he wins a few matches while making his opponents look good.

  • Avalanchian

    The person holding the belts is what makes a title relevant. Give Cena the IC title and it becomes legitimate again as long as you put legitimate contenders to him.

  • Benjamin GM

    That’s one my main problems with WWE views towards the WHC. They always looked at the WHC more as a WCW championship than anything, despite it’s rich history. Now granted they didn’t go as far as making a mockery of it by putting in on an actor or anything but it still does no justice in making it not seem anywhere as relevant as the WWE one. A case could be made on whether WWE did this deliberately of not. By them vacating it for as they as they did even if it is part of a storyline, to me it still devalued the actual WWE championship because a champion is someone (in my eyes) who represents your company and if the WWE title is supposedly the one to have then there should always be someone holding at some point. Now while that was going on, like him or not, ADR who was the WHC was involved with a returning RVD in a series of matches along whomever else on a weekly basis which certainly gained alot of credibility back to it.

    Yes it may not be as prestigious as it was during it’s glory days in the NWA/WCW (70’s and 80’s) but it still wouldn’t hurt if WWE were to put alittle more effort into making it more as an equal to accommodate the WWE title. With that in mind if Cena is stating he’d like to make it look more than a second tier championship, I guess time will only reveal if there’s any truth to this.

    On a side note, I didn’t like the way ADR dropped the title as soon as Cena got better. I know I know that because of what’s going on with the WWE title, they couldn’t have him go directly after it. Regardless WWE could have waited atleast till SS to do so. It made ADR kinda look like he wasn’t good enough to be on Cena’s level. Also if it was to combat the world series, it still made no sense to have Sandow cash in only to lose. Then again I don’t know if there’s more to the story so here we go again with another Cena reign.

  • Scott Davies

    I have a theory WWE are going to unify the titles soon. Call me crazy for it & as much as Richard will not like the idea, but this is WWE & I would not put it past WWE to do that.

    • David

      I really hope they don’t unify the top two titles, I don’t see there being anything to gain from such a thing.

      However if they were to unify the US and intercontinental championships I wouldn’t have an issue. Those two belts have been little more than props thanks to there being no legitimate stories or programmes based around them. The last time the intercontinental championship had meaning was when Cody Rhodes held the title. The US I can’t really think of any other than perhaps when Zach Ryder finally won the title.