John Cena hit quite the milestone last year at WrestleMania XXIX. He had his 10th WrestleMania match and cemented his dominant run over the WWE in the last decade by defeating The Rock. Loved by many and hated by many, Cena has been the WWE's biggest star for a long time and has been given many big matches at WrestleMania. Some have missed the mark, but for a guy who supposedly 'can't wrestle', he's had many great matches including a few classics at WrestleMania. Here are all 10 of his matches on the grand stage ranked from worst to best.
10 John Cena vs. The Miz (c) - WWE Championship - WrestleMania XXVII
Fans will always look back on this match and say to themselves, why the hell did The Miz main event a WrestleMania? They'll ask a second question; how the hell did they have him beat John Cena? The only thing remembered about the feud for this match was The Rock and Cena beginning to take jabs at each other with The Miz being a very poor third wheel to the program. The only interest in this match was to see how guest host Rock would get involved.
9 John Cena vs. Big Show (c) - United States Championship - WrestleMania XX
We go back to Cena's first WrestleMania match almost 10 years to the day at WrestleMania XX. Cena challenged the Big Show for the US title in the opening match. It was a decent contest, but nothing we'll be telling our kids about. Cena was in his white rapper phase and cut a promo before the match, mocking Big Show and getting the MSG crowd on his side, wearing a Patrick Ewing jersey.
8 John Cena vs JBL (c) - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 21
This was the first of John Cena's 14 World Title wins. He was the new main event star trying to dethrone JBL, who had held the WWE Title for nine months going into WrestleMania 21. Much like the year before, Cena did not do a whole lot in this match, with JBL controlling most of the 11-minute affair.
7 John Cena vs Batista (c) - WWE Championship - WrestleMania XXVI
This one definitely had a big-match feel to it. The two biggest babyfaces of the Ruthless Aggression Era squaring off for the biggest prize. Batista began doing his best work after turning heel a few months prior to this program. The question seeping in was, who was the bigger star of their era? There was also doubt creeping in, as Batista had continuously been getting the upper hand on Cena. So naturally, Cena won this match.
6 John Cena vs. The Rock (c) - WWE Championship - WrestleMania XXIX
Putting a Cena vs. Rock match together was one of the greatest things the WWE did in years. They billed it as Once in a Lifetime at WrestleMania XXVIII and we ate it up. They then made a miscalculation in trying to make lightning strike twice.
Last year they gave us a rematch between the two, this time for the championship, with Rocky having beaten CM Punk at the Royal Rumble. The buildup to this second bout was lacklustre compared to the previous year. Whereas there was doubt as to who would win the first time, this time it was all but said outright that Cena would get his redemption and beat The Rock at Metlife.
Bell to bell, this match failed to capture the New York/New Jersey crowd. What followed was a slow-paced affair, with The Rock seemingly unable to match the conditioning of a full-time wrestler. The Rock tearing his pelvis halfway through the bout couldn't have helped things. The match was basically a finishing-move fest, with both men kicking out of finishers multiple times. It was not thrilling, though. It was overkill and almost made the term 'finishing move' lose all its meaning. The match was too similar to their first bout. More should've been done to differentiate it from their previous showdown.
5 John Cena vs. Big Show vs. Edge (c) - World Heavyweight Championship - WrestleMania XXV
A subpar build to this semi-main event delivered with a surprisingly entertaining match. The build revolved around SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero inserting Big Show into the match to ensure her boyfriend Edge kept his title. It was revealed that Big Show had an affair with Vickie, driving a wedge in the alliance formed. Riveting.
4 John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Randy Orton (c) - WWE Championship - WrestleMania XXIV
This match was a very solid one, but is somewhat forgotten due to it being sandwiched between Ric Flair's farewell match against Shawn Michaels and Undertaker's title victory over Edge.
There were a few good spots in this match, such as Orton performing a cross body to Cena while he was hoisted on Triple H's shoulders. There was Orton's double DDT from the second rope to his two opponents.
3 John Cena (c) vs. Triple H - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 22
The real star of this match was the red hot Chicago crowd. This was when the male demographic really began loathing Cena's good guy character. They cheered for the veteran heel Triple H.
After Cena's disappointing performance against JBL the year before, he needed a big rub from a main eventer like Triple H and he got it. Even the entrances in this match were spectacular. Triple H coming to the ring dressed as a Conan-The-Barbarian type of king and Cena as a 1940's Chicago gangster.
The two told a great story in the ring, as Cena couldn't outwrestle the wrestler's wrestler, Triple H for a strong majority of the match. When Cena finally gained momentum, Triple H used his signature sledgehammer to derail the underdog champion. Triple H threw everything at Cena but couldn't put him away.
2 John Cena vs. The Rock - WrestleMania XXVIII
You probably won't see another match in your lifetime garner as much hype as this clash between John Cena and The Rock. The main event of WrestleMania XXVIII was announced a full year beforehand and fans got a huge payoff in The Rock's hometown of Miami.
You wouldn't call this 33-minute match a technical clinic, but the epic encounter, coupled with a Miami crowd that ate it all up and you have one of the WWE's biggest WrestleMania moments in history.
1 John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 23
You can't go wrong putting Shawn Michaels in a main event. The Showstopper always delivers at WrestleMania and he gave Cena one of the best matches of his life. A great spot in this match was Michaels hitting Cena with a rare piledriver on the steel steps.
They also went back and forth attempting finishing moves, with HBK missing the Sweet Chin Music several times and Cena unable to hit the F-U on multiple occasions. Michaels threw forward his fast-paced assault, but Cena was billed as the resilient champion and true to form, took everything HBK had.
Cena finally worked his way back into the match, delivering the F-U, but Michaels kicked out. Cena also slapped on the STF, but Michaels made it to the ropes. As both men staggered to their feet, Cena again managed to lock Michaels into the STF. This time, with Michaels in the middle of the ring being tortured with the hold, he tapped out.
The Ford Field crowd was behind the Icon all the way, but for the second year in a row, Cena again overcame a legendary veteran and a hostile crowd. With this result, fans knew Cena wasn't going away anytime soon. This one left him as unarguably the face of the WWE.
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