Saturday, 28 May 2016

Opinion: John Cena's 100 Greatest Matches (100-21)


John Cena sucks. John Cena sucks. That's how the old song goes. Thousands singing in building around the world to this theme song, just to show how much they believe Cena "sucks". And I suppose this list of bouts is my reply to them, in a way. However, it's also a celebration of Cena's return to WWE from injury this coming Monday on Raw on the USA Network, Sky Sports and elsewhere. The 39 year old's return will almost certainly give the show a boost, both in terms of excitement and TV ratings, with a number of mouth-watering potential feuds and storyline opportunities. There's a real story to be told with Cena trying to find his place within the "New Era". 

So to get you all lathered up for The Cenation Leader's return, here's 100 of his best matches. Let's start with 100-20, and then we'll go a bit more in depth from there. The first part of this list includes many a PPV main event, including some from WrestleMania, as well as hidden gems tucked away on episode of RAW, Smackdown and even ECW on Sci Fi! The list has been kept to no more than four competitors for singles matches and no more than three-a-side for tag bouts, so there are no Royal Rumbles, Money in the Bank Ladder matches, Elimination Chambers, Survivor Series tag bout etc. here. Enjoy!

100 - vs. Edge - Monday Night RAW #708

99 - vs. Randy Orton - SummerSlam 2009

98 - vs. Wade Barrett (Chairs Match) - TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2010

97 - vs. The Rock - WrestleMania XXIX 

96 - vs. Triple H - Monday Night RAW #841

95 - vs. Seth Rollins (Tables Match) - TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs...And Stairs 2014 

94 - vs. Ryback (Three Stages of Hell) - Payback 2013

93 - with The Rock vs. The Awesome Truth - Survivor Series 2011 

92 - vs. Damien Sandow - WWE Monday Night RAW #1066

91 - with Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Damien Sandow & The Real Americans - WWE Monday Night RAW #1067


90 - vs. Randy Orton - Monday Night RAW #1081

89 - vs. Alberto Del Rio - Night of Champions 2011

88 - vs. Rusev (I Quit) - Payback 2015

87 - vs. Dolph Ziggler - Monday Night RAW #1024

86 - with Shawn Michaels vs. Montel Vontavious Porter & Mr. Kennedy - Friday Night Smackdown #391

85 - vs. Chris Jericho - RAW #639

84 - with Evan Bourne vs. Edge & Sheamus - Monday Night RAW #888

83 - vs. Randy Orton (Tables, Ladders & Chairs) - TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2013

82 - vs. Edge vs. The Big Show - WrestleMania 25

81 - vs. Dolph Ziggler - Monday Night RAW #917


80 - vs. Brock Lesnar - Night of Champions 2014

79 - vs. Mark Henry - Money in the Bank 2013

78 - vs. Johnny Nitro - ECW on Sci Fi #55

77 - vs. The Undertaker - Vengeance 2003

76 - vs. Rusev - WrestleMania 31

75 - vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell) - Hell in a Cell 2009

74 - vs. Ryback (Last Man Standing) - Extreme Rules 2013

73 - with Team Hell No vs. The Shield (Elimination) - Monday Night RAW #1042

72 - vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell) - Hell in a Cell 2014

71 - with Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle & The Undertaker - Smackdown #216


70 - vs. The Undertaker - Smackdown #254

69 - vs. Edge (Steel Cage) - Monday Night RAW #697

68 - vs. Randy Orton (I Quit) - Breaking Point 2009

67 - vs. Rusev - Fastlane 2015

66 - vs. Batista - WrestleMania XXVI

65 - vs. Batista (I Quit) - Over the Limit 2010

64 - vs. Cesaro - Monday Night RAW #1105

63 - vs. Triple H - Monday Night RAW #856

62 - vs. Dean Ambrose - Monday Night RAW #1140

61 - vs. Seth Rollins (Steel Cage) - Live From MSG: Lesnar vs. Big Show


60 - vs. Chris Jericho - Armageddon 2008 

59 - vs. Chris Jericho - Survivor Series 2008

58 - with Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Damien Sandow & The Real Americans - Friday Night Smackdown #741

57 - vs. Chris Jericho - SummerSlam 2005

56 - vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H - WrestleMania 24

55 - vs. Chris Jericho - Monday Night RAW #830

54 - vs. Wade Barrett - Hell in a Cell 2010

53 - vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H - Night of Champions 2009

52 - with Shawn Michaels vs. Batista & The Undertaker - No Way Out 2007

51 - vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk (Hell in a Cell) - Hell in a Cell 2011


50 - with Team Hell No vs. The Shield - Monday Night RAW #1040

49 - vs. Seth Rollins - Friday Night Smackdown #749

48 - vs. Brock Lesnar - SummerSlam 2014

47 - vs. Randy Orton - SummerSlam 2007

46 - vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H (Elimination) - Backlash 2008

45 - vs. Bray Wyatt - WrestleMania XXX

44 - vs. Kurt Angle - No Way Out 2005

43 - vs. Bobby Lashley - The Great American Bash 2005

42 - vs. Batista - SummerSlam 2008

41 - vs. Kurt Angle - No Mercy 2003


40 - vs. Seth Rollins - Night of Champions 2015

39 - vs. Seth Rollins - Monday Night RAW #1157

38 - vs. Edge - SummerSlam 2006

37 - vs. Triple H - WrestleMania 22

36 - vs. Alberto Del Rio (Last Man Standing) - Vengeance 2011

35 - with Ryback & Sheamus vs. The Shield - Elimination Chamber 2013

34 - vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz (Steel Cage) - Extreme Rules 2011

33 - vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder) - TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2012

32 - vs. Kevin Owens - Battleground 2015

31 - vs. Shawn Michaels - Monday Night RAW #816


30 - vs. Bray Wyatt (Last Man Standing) - Payback 2014

29 - vs. Rob Van Dam - ECW One Night Stand 2006

28 - vs. Triple H - Night of Champions 2008

27 - vs. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels - Taboo Tuesday 2005

26 - vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian - Vengeance 2005

25 - vs. Edge vs. Triple H - Backlash 2006

24 - vs. The Rock - WrestleMania XXVIII

23 - vs. Batista (Last Man Standing) - Extreme Rules 2010

22 - vs. Shawn Michaels - WrestleMania 23

21 - vs. Cesaro - Monday Night RAW #1082

Well, that's the first part of our John Cena's Greatest Matches list, we'll be revealing the matches that place 20-6 tomorrow evening, before showing you our Top Five matches on Monday as we get ready for Monday Night RAW.

What did you think? Did we get it right? What do you want to see in our Top 20? Let us know in the comments below! 

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