Without a doubt, John Cena is one of the biggest names in the history of the WWE. He was the face of Vince McMahon’s promotion for several running years. In addition to that, Cena is also a record-tying 16-time WWE Champion. As a young jobber, he made his debut in 2002 against Kurt Angle but after that, he never look back.
Over the years, he faced numerous different opponents. From CM Punk, Batista and Triple to The Undertaker, Kane and Brock Lesnar, the list just goes on. However, we’ll try to rank the top 10 best matches of the champion across his tenure in the promotion.
The Top 10 Matches of John Cena in the history of WWE
10. Vs Edge at Backlash 2009
Edge simply tops the list for being the most hated superstar in the history of the promotion. At Backlash, it was a Last Man Standing match with WWE World Championship on the line. Both superstars looked evil and bloodthirsty for each other. However, Edge won the match after the Big Show interfered and the babyface a chokeslam.
9. Vs Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 23
The match helped John Cena get recognition as the face of WWE. Shawn Michaels was in his prime during that time. The Heart Break was not trustable during the time, not even as a babyface. Interestingly enough, the match ended in Cena’s favour after Shawn Michaels tapped out on STF.
8. Vs CM Punk at Night of Champions 2012
During the initial years of the last decade, CM Punk and John Cena’s feud was ruling the Fans as well as the WWE. The match took place in Cena’s hometown, which is Boston. With a brilliant display of both superstars’ ability of moves in their gigantic arsenal, Punk recorded the win following a Screwjob.
7. Vs Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank 2015
The year, 2015 was surely a very eventful year for John Cena. He started his year against the likes of Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins. As the year moved further, he locked horns against various other superstars. And one of them was Kevin Owens. Coming out of NXT, Kevin Owens instantly challenged Cena and opened the count by defeating him at the Elimination Chamber. Their fixture at the Money in the Bank was a rematch, and in fair terms, it was a great match.
6. Vs Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2015
Seth Rollins was the one who betrayed and broke the Shield because of the hand of the Authority. With the help of Triple H, Seth Rollins was on the ninth cloud with the WWE Championship around his waist. Entering the match, Seth Rollins was the WWE Champion, and Cena was the U.S. Champion. Both superstars sold every single move perfectly and the end was sweet for Seth Rollins.
5. Vs AJ Styles at SummerSlam 2016
The Phenomenal One has been highly Underrated in WWE. Before joining WWE, AJ Styles was the star everywhere he worked. But in 2016, the promotion wants their new star to look more legit and in order to do that, they found Cena as the best match possible. The Phenomenal One turned down the challenger in a 23-minute match.
4. Vs Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam 2013
Daniel Bryan has been loved by the WWE universe. It’s clear that the audience can surely turn to Cena, but not to Bryan. Both individuals fighting against each other turned out to be a technical masterclass. The crowd was chanting for Daniel Bryan, and Cena knows how to make stars.
3. Vs Brock Lesnar Vs Seth Rollins at Royal Rumble 2015
After the Shield got disbanded, Seth Rollins for a quick push from the Authority. As a result of that push, he found himself between the title image alongside Brock Lesnar and John Cena. The Beast Incarnate was the WWE Champion walking into the match to defend. It wasn’t expected to be so exciting but it went out to be a five-star classic. In the end, Lesner pinned Rollins.
2. Vs AJ Styles at Royal Rumble 2017
AJ Styles is a great in-ring technician. Any star who can match Bret Hart in technical abilities is clearly none other than the Phenomenon one. The match went on for 24 minutes and every single move in the match looked 100% solid. However, the face of WWE, John Cena won the match but AJ Styles was no less at any occasion.
1. Vs CM Punk at Money in the Bank 2011
Undoubtedly, John Cena’s feud with CM Punk was a work of art. Both superstars were brilliant in the ring during the time. The match took place in Chicago, Punk was getting love from every single WWE fan while Cena was getting harsh hatred. The stage was all set and when both the forces collided at the Money in the Bank, the world witnessed a banger. It’s said that Vince McMahon wanted Cena to win the match but, CM Punk emerged as the eventual winner in front of his home crowd.