The Champ is Here!
Despite being embroiled in some China-based controversy in recent days, John Cena is still undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in wrestling history. He has had some incredible matches in WWE, and the best John Cena matches are the cream of the crop in WWE. The 16 time World Champion is currently on an extended hiatus from wrestling, currently set to star in “The Suicide Squad” and the new “Fast and the Furious” movie, “F9”.
Few can argue against Cena’s impact on the injury, whether good or bad. He held the company on his back from his 2006 run as champion onwards, whereas some have claimed he has held down talents such as Alex Riley, Mr Kennedy and Ryback. If you believe his intentions to be pure or not, Cena has been the focal point of the WWE for over 10 years, and has wrestled some incredible matches.
From incredible feuds with CM Punk, the Rock and Edge, to duds with Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow and Bray Wyatt, Cena has faced the best the WWE has to offer and has given it his all.
5. John Cena vs Shawn Michaels – Monday Night Raw (April 27, 2007)
The first in the list of John Cena best matches is The Champ vs The Heart Break Kid!
By 2007, John Cena was already polarising crowds. The women and children gleefully cheered “Let’s go Cena” while the hardcore fans, mainly comprised of men in their early twenties, angrily retorted “Cena Sucks”. The duelling chants would persist for the next 15 years, becoming a key component of Cena’s character.
Cena faced off with fan favourite “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels on an episode of Raw in 2007. The pair had been tag team champions together in their feud which took them all the way to the main event of Wrestlemania 23. John Cena would become victorious in that bout, tapping out the legendary HBK to retain his WWE Championship using his signature STFU submission move.
Raw was Live from London that night, and one of the matches also scheduled was Rated-RKO team mates Randy Orton and Edge facing off with each other. However, due to Randy Orton being sent home due to alleged bad behaviour, that match had to be cancelled. This left a large time slot free on Raw, and the scheduled HBK vs Cena match was allotted the maximum amount of time.
Due to this, the match between the two went almost an hour. In what is the longest singles match in Monday Night Raw history, the Heart Break Kid countered a FU into a Sweet Chin Music, collapsing with exhaustion atop the Champ and getting the three count.
The pair would face off again in a Fatal 4 way match at Backlash, in a match including the aforementioned Edge and Randy Orton. Cena retained the Championship but that match is broadly forgotten while the 55 Minute classic from Raw in London is one mentioned in the “Top 5 Matches” list ever since.