Perhaps we are not yet aware of the repercussion that this fact can bring. according to numerous reports, John Cena will stop competing for full time or who knows will not fight again until an uncertain period of time. I put myself in the shoes of all opponents to Cena who will take the beginning of this article as a hyperbole and I understand them. But the relevance of the rapper within WWE is above any personal preference.
Since Hulk Hogan, no one has been able to exercise face of the company and report as many benefits as Cena in this last decade. And as such, he has also cemented his legend through the biggest stage of all, WrestleMania. 12 combats in 13 years with a single absence in 2016. although he finally made a brief appearance with The Rock. And 9 victories, undoubtedly the indicative data of his supremacy being also the second fighter with more wins under PPV only behind The Undertaker. According to this situation, I have developed a ranking with the 5 best Cena fights in “The Showcase of the Immortals”.
5 – Big Show vs. John Cena the United States Championship Match at WrestleMania XX
A priori, this match seems not to meet the qualities to sneak into a top of excellence. However, it is very representative for the career of our protagonist. It was his first experience of weight (never better said) in WrestleMania, taking into account that his role in the previous edition was reduced to a promo. Here he won his first title, although it was not world-class. And his popularity as a technician was at the highest peak, establishing the uniqueness of this clash. Because Cena, unlike the rest of his other 11 duels, does not act as such, using in the conclusion an American fist against Show(which by then retained enough credibility) to then apply the FU, also raising Madison Square Garden. A tweener dynamic that, had it had continuity, might have made it the new Stone Cold, and not the new Hogan.
4 – Batista vs. John Cena WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania XXVI
Ineffable representation of the rapper’s prototypical victory over a tough rival, with all the paraphernalia necessary for him to return to the top (after her, he would star 3 consecutive WrestleMania’s). Even Vince McMahon was personally involved in the angle. I guess it will not excite the anti-Dinner, but it can not be denied that it was a remarkable shock. It helped a lot the public that March 28 crowded the stadium of Phoenix, very polarized between the two Superstars ( Batista no longer enjoyed much sympathy). Because remember that the two most important wrestlers of the last WWE era faced each other. Despite not finishing as bright as their first duel in SummerSlam (2008), the false endings and the chemistry between both managed to please the fans and serve as a preamble to the main course of the night, Shawn Michaels Vs. The Undertaker.
3 – Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Triple H WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania XXIV
Interestingly, Cena has starred in two consecutive Threats on floor WM (this and the next year, along with Edge and Big Show). I stay with this one thanks to the number of good moves he had (for example a double DDT Elevated from Orton to Cena and HHH) and the surprise victory of the champion. Nobody gave a penny for Orton. And his boot, using the strap to hit Hunter presaged a bad outcome for him. A rare avis in the history of fight fights Cena in WrestleMania.
Perhaps he left the impression that he could give more of himself, especially with a nonexistent use of weapons. It is true that Cena has better fights with this stipulation but they took advantage of the 14 minutes that lasted very well and the three gladiators managed to keep the pace high. All shone leaving the ego aside primordial point in favor of the battle which like the previous number of the list was not the star either.
2 – John Cena vs. The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII
From the extensive promo to the atmosphere of the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, through the (also interminable) tickets to the ring, it is undoubtedly the 1 vs. 1 par excellence in recent years. Not by far his second part obviously unnecessary can be compared because the fact that this first lacked any prize in the form of a belt made it unique. A great story was told and the last 5 minutes served as an excellent epilogue with a dominant dinner whose overconfidence ended up costing him the victory.
After years away from the regular competition Rocky thus obtained a credible triumph. That surprising Rock Bottom already appears in the collective memory of the WWE Universe and with merit. Five years away, the symbolism of this duel is increased knowing that Cena could emulate Dwayne’s footsteps in the celluloid world and establish his future away from the McMahon product.
1 – John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels WWE Championship at WrestleMania 23
The most spectacular set that has been built in the history of the “Show of Shows” served as the setting for the defining fight of Cena. Defeating Michaels meant the greatest prompted a path of success only interrupted by a serious injury months later. It is here when it consolidates as the face of the company under the foci of the WrestleMania with greater economic benefits so far. Sticking to what is seen inside the ring, also meets the quality enough to in my point of view place it above the rest. He had his extreme part with blood and good spots and the duration did justice to his stellar condition of the night. You have to applaud, of course, the job of HBK who led the way for many minutes but to avoid the one of Cena seems to be unjust. After settling a bad encounter last year with Triple H, he overcame the trial by far, and we came to a key point: another mediocre performance under the great event might have truncated his stay at the top.