WWE posted some interesting facts the other day for the wrestlers that got the most wins in 2013. It shouldn’t surprise many people that John Cena and Randy Orton dominated 2013’s stats. Orton had the most wins by pinfall and submission all year long and was booked in the most matches. Cena had a little break due to injury, but that didn’t stop him from having the highest winning percentage in 2013.
These stats clearly show us that WWE still loves Cena and Orton even though they’ve been on the main event scene close to a decade now. The Royal Rumble is usually a platform for younger stars to rise and become huge stars. I didn’t see the point of Cena winning the Royal Rumble just because he could face The Rock again. Not to mention it made no sense that they made Rock “pass the torch” to Cena at WrestleMania 29. Cena has been WWE’s torch bearer since 2005. Rock didn’t really need to endorse a person that’s been WWE’s biggest star already.
Anyway, Cena became WWE Champion and the World Heavyweight Champion this year. He is now a 14-time World Champion and is only two wins away from breaking Ric Flair‘s record of 16 World Championship reigns. With Cena still being champion, there was hardly any room for any young star to break out. Cena pretty much buried Damien Sandow and prevented him from becoming World Heavyweight Champion.
Orton had a stellar year too as he dominated the latter half of 2013. He won the Money in the Bank match and capitalized on beating Daniel Bryan to become the WWE Champion. Bryan is somewhat of a new star, but WWE wanted Orton to be champion. This caused Bryan to step back from the title picture while 2013’s last PPV focused only on Orton and Cena. Orton had the last laugh in 2013 by becoming the company’s first WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Orton first became World Champion in 2004 while Cena first became the WWE Champion in 2005. Nearly ten years on, these two are still the top wrestlers in the WWE. I’m still hoping the company builds some new stars very soon. Hopefully they build new stars that are actually popular with the crowd. They tried building up The Miz and Sheamus a few years ago, but nobody cared about them.