In light of John Cena taking a brief break from the WWE after Hell In A Cell, we take a look at some of his best ever matches on the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania
1 – Wrestlemania 23 – vs. Shawn Michaels
Is this the match where Cena truly became the face of the WWE? We think so. A year before, Cena condemned HBK to same fate Triple H suffered a year earlier – tapping out to the STF. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Both wrestlers put on a technical masterclass, with Cena seeming like he’s down-and-out, but somehow, he found a way to make HBK tap.
Yes, you could argue HBK is a big reason this match was so good, after all, he is ‘Mr Showstopper’, but Cena was incredible in Detroit that night. Oh yeah, and his entrance wasn’t so bad either.
2 – Wrestlemania 20 – vs Big Show
Perhaps this choice is driven by nostalgia, but Cena announced his arrival properly in the WWE with a heel-driven win over Big Show, at his first ever Wrestlemania. I say heel, as Cena used the chain he wore around his neck to strike Big Show with, and subsequently win from, but that move drew the reaction of an ever-loved face. It was also the first match of the night, and it was certainly one hell of a show, no pun intended.
3 – Wrestlemania 22 – vs. Triple H
Before this match, Triple H refused to acknowledge Cena as a legitimate top contender within the WWE, but Cena was having none of it. Some say Triple H carried the match, but the reaction Cena evoked when he proved everyone wrong is a moment to remember.
4. Wrestlemania 26 – vs. Batista
This was a battle of the company’s two top-dogs, a war of sorts to see who from the Ruthless Aggression Era would come out on top. In the end, Cena forced Batista to tap, but only after a series of amazing near-falls which kept every fan on their seat.
5. Wrestlemania 28 – vs. The Rock
This match was billed as one of the most popular wrestling matches of this decade, and both men provided an entertaining bout for fans everywhere to enjoy. Personally, I would’ve liked to see more wrestling and less in-ring promo from the two, but it was still a match for the ages, as Cena lost, but the image of a dejected Cena sitting on the ramp after the match will live on forever.