Weight: 260 lbs
Real Name: John Felix Anthony Cena Jr
Hometown: West Newbury, Massachusetts
Other Names: "Prototype of the Perfect Man"(OVW), The Prototype(OVW), "The Doctor of Thugonomics" John Cena(WWE)
Wrestler Since: 2000
Finishing Maneuver: Attitude Adjustment/FU, STF(U), Five Knuckle Shuffle, Proto-Bomb
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #3(2011), #2(2010), #3(2009), #9(2008), #1(2007), #1(2006), #2(2005), #7(2004), #12(2003), #46(2002), #281(2001)
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History: (Last Updated: 6/09/2006)
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Weight: 260 lbs
Real Name: John Felix Anthony Cena Jr
Hometown: West Newbury, Massachusetts
Other Names: "Prototype of the Perfect Man"(OVW), The Prototype(OVW), "The Doctor of Thugonomics" John Cena(WWE)
Wrestler Since: 2000
Finishing Maneuver: Attitude Adjustment/FU, STF(U), Five Knuckle Shuffle, Proto-Bomb
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #3(2011), #2(2010), #3(2009), #9(2008), #1(2007), #1(2006), #2(2005), #7(2004), #12(2003), #46(2002), #281(2001)
Other Related Websites:
History: (Last Updated: 6/09/2006)
Cena grew up with an inside view of the professional wrestling business. His father was an announcer for Chaotic Wrestling, going by the name of John Fabulous. Needless to say, Cena began getting training very early on in his life from various wrestlers at the shows, as well as learning the tricks of the trade. Cena made his in-ring debut for Universal Pro Wrestling under Rick Bassman in 2000, quickly making a name for himself in the WWF developmental organization as the Prototype. It didn't take long for the Prototype to rise to the top, winning the UPW Heavyweight Title from Smelly in April '00. The Prototype would hold the belt for over a month before dropping the belt back to Smelly. It was just the first step for Cena, who was quickly looking for bigger and better things.
In 2001, having signed a developmental deal with the WWF, the Prototype moved over to Ohio Valley Wrestling, the main training federation for future WWF stars. He also appeared some in another WWF developmental organization, HWA. The Prototype quickly became one of the more despised heels around, partially because of his attitude. At The Last Dance in April '01, the Prototype joined with Mr. Black in the unenviable task of taking on Mark Henry & the Big Show, two of the biggest wrestlers around. Although they tried to sneak out a win, there was nothing happening against the two WWF stars. Later on in '01, the Prototype began a tag-team with an unlikely wrestler, Rico Constantino. The two men worked together in the OVW Southern Tag-Team Title Tournament in August '01, with the titles up for grabs after the former champs, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Shelton Benjamin & Brock Lesnar) had to vacate due to injury. The Prototype & Constantino beat Ron Waterman & Brian Keck, Rob Conway & the Damaja(Danny Basham), and the Disciples of Synn to win the tournament and gain the belts. The duo would defend the belts for a few months before falling to the recovered Minnesota Wrecking Crew in October '01.
The Prototype started to really take off as a major player in OVW the next year, as he feuded with another young star, Leviathan (Dave Batista). In February '02, the Prototype managed to take down Leviathan to become the OVW Heavyweight Champion, a major accomplishment. The Prototype would defend the title for the next few months, taking on many challengers, while also regularly teaming up with Sean O'Haire. In May '02, the Prototype's reign finally ended, as he was beaten for the OVW Title by Nova (Simon Dean). Only a short time later, the Prototype ended his run in Ohio Valley, as he was called up to the big show: World Wrestling Entertainment.
WWE Smackdown: 2002
On the last Smackdown of June '02, Kurt Angle came out to celebrate his recent victory over Hulk Hogan. He called out anyone from the back that he hadn't faced before, so that he could make them tap out. John Cena walked out to answer the call. When Angle asked why Cena thought he could come out and face one of the best in the business, Cena answered "Ruthless Aggression", then attacked, starting off the match with momentum. In a surprisingly competitive match, Cena came close to a victory numerous times, but just couldn't put Angle away. In the end, Angle won out, getting the pinfall victory. After the match, Cena tried to shake Angle's hand, but Angle laughed in his face and walked off. Still, Cena's skills earned respect from the locker room, as various wrestlers, including the Undertaker, congratulated him.
On the next Smackdown, Cena was called into Vince McMahon's office, since Mr. McMahon wanted to meet him. It was revealed during McMahon's questions that Cena was from Boston, where that Smackdown was taking place, immediately making him a favorite of the crowd. Cena's entry into the office angered Chris Jericho, though, who had been having a tirade about Edge beforehand. When Jericho berated the young star, Cena slapped him in the face, then left, prompting Jericho to demand a match with him. Cena put up another great fight, but lost when Jericho used the ropes for leverage to get the pinfall. Afterwards, Jericho teased a handshake, but instead smacked Cena. Cena responded by taking out Jericho with a bodyslam, sending Jericho out of the ring.
A week later, Cena was placed in a tag-team match pitting himself & the Undertaker against Jericho & Angle. When Cena went to tell the Undertaker what an honor it was to team with him, though, the Undertaker (who was waiting to beat up the Rock) threatened to take him out as well, then told him to leave. Afterwards, though, the Undertaker got in a brawl with both Jericho & Angle, then came back to the locker room and demanded to know why Cena hadn't backed him up. Cena, of course, replied that he had been told to leave, but that he would back up the Undertaker later that night. In the tag-team match, Cena & the Undertaker managed to work well together, with Cena actually getting the pinfall victory by rolling up Jericho after he had been distracted by the Undertaker. After the match, though, Jericho brutally attacked Cena, throwing him from the ring.
Cena and Jericho faced off in a singles match again on the next Smackdown, but Cena's abilities eventually frustrated Jericho, leading to him hitting a low blow on Cena to cause the DQ. Jericho then nailed Cena with a steel chair, taking him out. This led to Cena's first WWE pay-per-view match, facing Jericho at Vengeance '02. Jericho, not wanting to fight the rookie, tried to hit Cena with a chair even before the match began, but Cena managed to avoid it, taking the upper hand. This didn't last, as Jericho's experience led him to control much of the match. Cena did get in some flurries of offense, but was in serious trouble near the end, when Jericho landed the Lionsault. Jericho refused to cover, though, wanting instead to force Cena to submit. But when he went for the Walls of Jericho, Cena rolled him up, getting the 3 count for the upset win! Afterwards, Cena celebrated, while Jericho threw another tantrum.
A few days later, Cena took on one of Jericho's Anti-American partners, Test, once again surprising the more experienced wrestler with a roll-up for the victory. After the match, Test got revenge with a big boot to Cena's face, knocking him out. Later on that night, after Edge defeated Jericho in a Cage Match, he was attacked by the rest of the Anti-Americans. Cena, then Rey Mysterio, came out to Edge's aid, making the save. The feud between the two groups quickly came to an end, though, as the entire Anti-American squad jumped to Raw a few days later. Cena, Mysterio, & Edge continued to ally together, though, going against Angle, Eddie Guerrero, & Chris Benoit (the latter two had come over from Raw). In a six-man match between the wrestlers in August '02, Cena's team won out, with Mysterio surprisingly pinning Angle after a 619/Hurricanrana combination.
Unfortuntately for Cena, this was the highlight for the next few months, as he faded back into the midcard set, with no real feud in front of him. Cena had successive matches against Reverend D'Von Dudley, but mainly just played a part of Dudley's feud with his former pupil, Batista. In September '02, Cena was given a Non-Title Match against the Undisputed Champion, Brock Lesnar, but couldn't do much with it, as Lesnar won out with the F5. Cena didn't do any better on his return to OVW, where he lost to the OVW Heavyweight Champion, Nova, at Fall Brawl '02. In October '02, Cena began teaming with Billy Kidman in the WWE Smackdown Tag-Team Title Tournament. Unfortunately, it was a short run, as Cena & Kidman were beaten by Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit in the first round. This broke up the tag-team, as the two men faced off the next week. Cena got the cheap win by using his feet on the ropes. A week later, Cena and Kidman faced off again, this time with Kidman using the ropes to get the win. Cena attacked Kidman after the match, sending him into the ring steps and beginning his journey as a heel wrestler. Cena & Dawn Marie would face off with Kidman & Torrie Wilson at Rebellion '02, with Kidman's team getting the win after a Shooting Star Press.
It was on the '02 Halloween edition of Smackdown that John Cena finally began to develop his persona outside of the ring. He appeared dressed up as Vanilla Ice, cutting a few raps about how good he was. Cena continued to rap on the next Smackdown, insulting Rikishi before his match with the big man. Rikishi got some revenge, though, catching Cena with the Stinkface and later pinning him. A week later, Cena evened the feud, winning a tag-team match with Matt Hardy over Rikishi & Tajiri. Cena later got some ammunition to help him against Rikishi, bringing in a partner, B-Squared (Bull Buchanan). Cena & B-2 would feud with Rikishi for most of the rest of the year, usually with Rikishi getting the upper hand, despite the numbers.
Going into the new year, Cena & B-2 seemed to be on a losing streak. On one Smackdown, after falling to Los Guerreros, Cena and B-2 began shoving each other. B-2 looked to have the advantage, but he was ambushed from behind by Redd Dogg, making his first appearance. Cena & Redd Dogg then took out B-2, slamming his shoulder into the ringpost. Cena would appear a few days later in the Royal Rumble '03 match, rapping his way down to the ring as entrant #18. He lasted for less than 10 minutes, though, with no eliminations, until he was taken over the top rope by the Undertaker. Cena continued to partner himself with Redd Dogg for a few weeks, as B-2, rather than feuding, basically faded out from WWE.
In February '03, Cena had a match with Brock Lesnar, in which, after a back-and-forth struggle, Lesnar won with the F-5. This wasn't enough for Lesnar, however, who wanted to send a message to the current Smackdown champ, Kurt Angle. He grabbed Cena again and used the F-5 to send him into the ringpost, a painful-looking maneuver. This put Cena in a cast, placing him on the shelf for a time. This didn't keep Cena off tv, though, as he continually appeared in promos, threatening revenge on Lesnar. He also put out a challenge for an Open Rap at Wrestlemania XIX, but didn't get the opportunity to perform at the show.
Cena returned to action in April '03, and was quickly placed in the four-man WWE #1 Contenders Tournament to decide who would be facing Lesnar for the Smackdown World Title. Thanks in part to a lot of interference from the Full-Blooded Italians, Cena got the surprising upset over the Undertaker to move into the finals against Chris Benoit. In a great technical match that, for once, featured no outside interference, Cena continued his string of upsets, rolling up Benoit for the victory and finally getting a shot at revenge against Lesnar. The next week, Cena won again, this time beating Rhyno, then sat in for commentary during the Lesnar/A-Train match-up. After Lesnar got the F-5 on A-Train, though, Cena dropped the headphones and entered the ring, attacking Lesnar and causing the disqualification (as well as bloodying the champ).
At Backlash '03, Cena entered into the main event with a chance to both get revenge on Lesnar and gain his first WWE World Championship. The match started off with Lesnar in firm control, with Cena scrambling to catch up. Cena eventually made a comeback, reopening Lesnar's wound and causing blood to flow. The match went back-and-forth for a time, until Cena's willingness to cheat backfired on him, as the referee caught him going for his chain (usually worn around his neck). The ref took the illegal object away, as a protesting Cena stepped right into the F5, losing the match to the champion.
Cena angrily protested the loss on the next Smackdown, but was interrupted by Brian "Spanky" Kendrick, who did a rap of his own. This earned Spanky a Fireman's Carry Slam, a move that Cena would call the FU, an obvious play off of Brock Lesnar's F5. The next week, as Cena was going for his chain during a match with Rhyno, Spanky intervened, helping to distract Cena and allow Rhyno to roll him up for a win. Cena and Spanky's feud were soon joined with others, as Cena & members of the FBI (Johnny Stamboli & Chuck Palumbo) teamed to face Spanky, Chris Benoit, & Rhyno at Judgment Day '03. Cena's team mainly focused on the youngest wrestler, Spanky, trying to keep him away from his team. Near the end, a brawl between all 6 wrestlers broke out, with Cena being placed in Benoit's Crippler Crossface. Although Cena tapped, he wasn't the legal man, as the FBI were able to take out Spanky and get the pin to win the match.
Cena defeated Spanky on the next Smackdown, basically ending their feud. Cena next concentrated on the WWE United States Heavyweight Title Tournament, but was surprisingly beat in the first round by Billy Gunn, leaving a sour taste in Cena's mouth. This left Cena looking for respect, which he thought he could get by going after one of the legends in the business: the Undertaker. Cena and the Dead Man feuded for the next month, with Cena touting the match as the 'main event'. He also cut a series of promos about the Undertaker, including going to a cemetary for one of his raps. He also had a hilarious bit with the General Manager, Stephanie McMahon, in which is rapped about Stephanie's upcoming fight with Sable and how he'd pay $20 for Stephanie to rip Sable's top off, then spanked Stephanie on the behind.
At Vengeance '03, Cena got his shot against the Undertaker. It wasn't pretty in the beginning, as the Undertaker basically dominated the younger wrestler, even getting a massive Chokeslam that could have ended it, if the Undertaker hadn't pulled Cena off the mat, wanting to punish him some more. But Cena got an opportunity and came back, getting in a few moves on the Dead Man. But nothing seemed to keep the Undertaker down, not even a chain shot to the head. In the end, Cena got the Undertaker in the corner and bragged above him, while raining down punches. But the Undertaker grabbed him and lifted him high, getting the Last Ride and putting Cena away. The feud continued for a few more weeks, with Cena getting a pinfall on the Undertaker during a tag-team match (Cena & A-Train vs. the Undertaker & Orlando Jordan).
Cena next fought in a short feud with the new United States Champion, Eddie Guerrero. A "Street Fight" between the two took place in September '03, with the two wrestlers fighting in a circle of cars. Both took some hard bumps on both the cars and the concrete, and involved many different weapons, including a lawn mower. The end came, though, when Eddie's nephew, Chavo Guerrero Jr, made his return, hitting Cena with a hubcap. Eddie then jumped off an SUV with a Frog Splash to end the match. Cena found a new target soon enough, locking onto Kurt Angle. Cena said that he'd always been in Angle's shadow, and couldn't take it anymore. He ambushed Angle backstage at one point, then ran from the arena, being chased by Angle in a limo. Later on, during a tag match between Cena & Lesnar vs. Angle & the Undertaker, Cena got the win by ko'ing Angle with the steel chain.
The duo had a "Rap-Off" the next week, with Cena rapping while Angle just said some phrases in rhyme, followed by a brawl. A week later, Angle came out dressed as Cena and gave a rap, making fun of Cena. He also had a midget-Angle come out and force "Cena" to tap out to the Ankle Lock. When the real Cena came out and angrily got in Angle's face, the midget Angle gave him a low blow from behind, which allowed Angle to get the Angle Slam and send Cena from the ring. At No Mercy '03, the two wrestlers showed their aggression early, shoving each other and flipping each other off. The match was stellar, with both getting close counts throughout. Cena nearly won multiple times, both from the FU and from the use of the chain. In the end, though, Cena was caught in the Ankle Lock, and, after much struggling, was forced to tap out.
Over the next few weeks, Cena teamed up reluctantly with the A-Train in tag-team matches against Angle & Chris Benoit. After A-Train cost them one of the matches by kicking Cena, the rapper got into it with A-Train after the match, catching the big man with the FU. It was around this time that the new GM, Paul Heyman, announced that there would be an Elimination Match at the next pay-per-view, with Angle and Brock Lesnar both choosing teammates to join them. While Angle quickly chose Benoit, Hardcore Holly, and the APA, Lesnar selected three massive men in the Big Show, Nathan Jones, & Matt Morgan. Lesnar also hinted to Cena that he would be the 5th man on his team. That night, Lesnar took out Faarooq of the APA, badly injuring his knee.
A week later, after Cena defeated Rey Mysterio, Lesnar and his team came out to personally invite Cena onto their team. But Cena turned down the opportunity, calling Lesnar's group Team Sasquatch. This led to the A-Train attacking Cena from behind, allowing the entire team to beat him down. A-Train then joined Lesnar's team. Later on, Angle & Benoit were placed in a 2-on-4 Handicap Match, with Lesnar's team beating the two men down. Cena came down with the attempted save, hitting several with chair shots until the Big Show stopped him. It was announced on the next show that Cena would be taking Faarooq's place on Angle's team, so that he could have his chance for revenge against Lesnar, A-Train, and the rest.
At The Survivor Series '03, Angle's team and Lesnar's team went at it very quickly. Just as the match started, the first elimination occurred, as Hardcore Holly attacked Brock Lesnar, shoving a referee out of the way and being DQ'ed. Bradshaw evened things up by eliminating A-Train with the Clothesline From Hell, but he was then taken down by the Big Show's Chokeslam. After a long series of wrestling, Benoit managed to tag in Angle, who was able to eliminate Matt Morgan with the Angle Slam, then forced Nathan Jones to tap to the Ankle Lock. Lesnar took advantage of Angle's distraction, though, and caught him with the F-5, eliminating the team captain. However, Benoit got his team back the advantage, blocking an F-5 and locking Lesnar in the Crossface! Lesnar was forced to tap out, giving Benoit the win over the current champion. The Big Show then came in and tried to take out Benoit, but Benoit was able to make the tag to Cena, who hit the Big Show with a steel chain, then hit the FU for the victory, making Cena & Benoit the sole 'survivors'.
On the next Smackdown, while Vince McMahon was out bragging about his victory over the Undertaker at the PPV, Cena came out and cut a rap, insulting the Chairman. It was later announced that Cena would face the Big Show in a "Hardcore" Match, with McMahon wanting the Big Show to take Cena out forever. It was a brutal match, featuring various weapons and shots. At one point, Cena tried for the FU, but collapsed, with the Big Show on top. Later on, Cena came back, using the ringsteps as a violent weapon to knock the Big Show out, then made the cover. A referee then ran down (the previous one had been ko'ed) and made the count, giving Cena the big victory. A week later, a 20-man Battle Royal was held to decide the #1 Contender to Brock Lesnar's World Title. Both Cena and Chris Benoit had to win qualifying matches to get in, then fight through the other wrestlers. In the end, though, it came down to Cena and Benoit, who both went over the ropes at the same time. It was ruled by GM Paul Heyman that the two men had to face in a deciding match the next week, with the winner to face Lesnar.
In the #1 Contenders Match, Cena and Benoit both gave it their all, as they both wanted the title shot later on in the night. Cena seemed to have gained it, as he caught Benoit with the FU and got the 3 count. But video footage showed that Benoit's foot was on the ropes, and the match was restarted. Cena was later distracted by the Big Show, which allowed Benoit to get the Crippler Crossface and force Cena to tap out, costing Cena the title shot. Cena feuded with the United States Champion for the rest of the year, including having a Battle Rap with him that ended with Cena kicking him low and leaving. The two wrestlers faced off at the Christmas In Iraq show, in a Non-Title Match. Cena won out by doing an incredible feat: getting the FU on the 500-pounder.
On the first Smackdown of the year, GM Paul Heyman was talking about how great it was to honor the troops in Iraq. He was quickly interrupted, though, by Cena, who pointed out that Heyman didn't make the trip and was a coward. An angry Heyman then told Cena that, to get in the Royal Rumble, he would have to win a "Handicap" Match, with a partner of his choice against the FBI. Cena selected Chris Benoit, who had earlier been told by Heyman that he wouldn't get a shot at the Rumble. Cena & Benoit worked well as a team, even against superior numbers, and won when Benoit forced Johnny Stamboli to tap out to the Crippler Crossface. This earned both men one of the 15 Smackdown spots in the Rumble.
Cena continued to get under the skin of Paul Heyman as the pay-per-view approached, doing raps that insulted almost everything about the man, from his looks to the ECW past. This last part seemed to anger another man, though, as Rhyno took it upon himself to Gore Cena, protecting Heyman. This led Heyman to set up a "Loser Eats Soap" Match between the two wrestlers. It was a hardcore match, involving various tables around the ring. In the end, Rhyno missed a Gore, instead crashing into a set-up table in the corner. This stunned him long enough for Cena to get the FU, winning the match. Heyman then ran away, apparently not willing to eat soap. He was stopped by Chris Benoit, however, and brought back to the ring, where he was placed in the Sharpshooter by Benoit, while Cena got the soap. Cena then taunted the helpless Heyman, as everytime he said "Chris?", Benoit applied pressure. They eventually put the soap in Heyman's mouth, washing it out.
A week later, to get revenge, Heyman arranged for Cena & Benoit to fight Rhyno, Matt Morgan, Brock Lesnar, & the Big Show in a "Handicap" Match, with Heyman at ringside in a lifeguard chair to watch it all. Things got better for Cena & Benoit, though, when a forklift blocked the Big Show from being able to join the match. Later on, Lesnar ran from the ring after being attacked by Hardcore Holly, which basically made the match a tag-team affair. This finally gave the slight advantage to Cena & Benoit, as they continued to fight on. In the end, Cena was able to dodge a Gore from Rhyno and get the FU to win. After the match, Cena & Benoit started to go after Heyman again, but were both taken out by the returning Big Show, who had finally gotten free from his locker room.
At the '04 Royal Rumble, Cena came prepared to go all the way. He gave a rap beforehand, talking about how "These twenty-nine other guys, they canít see me. Tonight, the Royal Rumble is going to be won by...". He was then interrupted by Rob Van Dam, who finished the line with "RVD". Cena got a very late draw in the Rumble, coming in at #28. Before he got in the ring, though, Cena found Nunzio, one of the FBI, hiding at ringside. Cena grabbed him and threw him into the ring, then came in and attacked the Big Show. Cena helped rally many of the wrestlers to attack the Big Show, and even got the Five Knuckle Shuffle on him, but even with all the talent in the ring, they couldn't get the 500-pounder over the ropes. Eventually, the Big Show managed to catch Cena and throw him over the top rope, sending Cena to the ground with a sickening-looking bending of his knee. Chris Benoit went on to win the match.
On the next Smackdown, since Benoit jumped to Raw for his World Title shot, Heyman set up a secondary Royal Rumble match, this time with the 15 Smackdown participants going at it to decide the #1 Contender. Hardcore Holly and Eddie Guerrero replaced Benoit and Matt Morgan (who was injured). There were concerns about Cena's knee as well, but Cena opted to compete, drawing a number for the battle royal. When Rhyno commented on possibly injuring Cena's knee worse, Cena responded by telling Heyman that Rhyno smelled terrible, and where was the soap? Cena came out in the mini-Rumble as entry #10, wearing a knee brace. He once again went right after the Big Show, as well as other wrestlers, including eliminating Nunzio. But Cena's momentum stopped when he reinjured the knee, keeping him grounded. The Big Show was then able to attack and eliminate Cena, booting him over the ropes. Cena got some revenge, however, as he joined in from the outside and helped the rest of the wrestlers involved eliminate the Big Show, ending his chances as well. Eddie Guerrero got the victory.
Cena later worked his way into the #1 Contenders Match at No Way Out '04, competing against Kurt Angle and the Big Show. The winner of the match would get the Smackdown World Champion at Wrestlemania 20. In the weeks leading up to the match, the three wrestlers had various altercations, including Angle laying out both Cena and the Big Show with a chair. At the pay-per-view, Cena started off the match simply watching from the corner, as Angle and the Big Show went at it. It eventually became a true Triple Threat Match, with all three wrestlers looking to get the pin, usually with the non-pinned opponent making the save. Cena landed another huge FU on the Big Show, but the pin was stopped by Angle, who knocked Cena out of the ring and got the Angle Slam on the Big Show for a 2 count. The Big Show later came back with Chokeslams, but again couldn't get the pin. As the match neared a conclusion, Cena went for the FU on Angle, but had his bad knee clipped by the Big Show. Angle then took out the Big Show and locked on a tighter version of the Ankle Lock on Cena's bad leg, forcing him to tap out.
On the very next Smackdown, Cena laid out a challenge to the Big Show for a Wrestlemania match for Show's United States Heavyweight Title, claiming that the champ had never beaten him. He also teamed with Kurt Angle to defeat the Basham Brothers in a solid match (with Angle turning heel later in the night in his feud with Eddie Guerrero). A week later, Cena & Rey Mysterio (who replaced Guerrero in the match) wrestled against the Big Show & Chavo Guerrero Jr. Cena's team won, with Mysterio pinning Guerrero after the 619. After the match, Chavo Guerrero Sr entered the ring and attacked Mysterio, but Cena intervened, hitting the FU on the veteran. However, this left Cena open to a clothesline from the Big Show, who then Chokeslammed Mysterio, followed by Cena. Going into March, Cena was placed in a match against the Big Show's ally, A-Train. Cena came through with the FU for the win, but also hurt his wrist, an injury that he would have to carry into the pay-per-view.
Cena and the Big Show finally had their long-built US Title Match at Wrestlemania XX. Cena seemed to have everything going for him going into the match, but he was facing a man who'd been nearly unstoppable for 5 months as the US Champion. The Big Show controlled the beginning of the match, using his size and strength to dominate the challenger. Cena had to fight out of several painful submission holds to keep in the match, dealing with both his injured wrist and his recovering knee. Cena finally got the momentum back in the match with a dropkick that sent the Big Show facefirst into the turnbuckle. Cena then got a huge FU on the 500-pounder, but Show kicked out at 2. A frustrated Cena then went for his chain, but was stopped by the referee. While the ref was getting rid of the chain, though, Cena slipped on another foreign object and clocked the champ with it. He then picked up the Big Show for a second FU, then pinned him, finally earning Cena his first WWE gold.
Cena didn't rest on his laurels after winning the belt. He defended it cleanly against Rhyno on the next Smackdown, winning with the FU. By now, Cena was becoming well-known for leaning over and 'pumping up' his sneakers before going for his finisher. He also routinely told people that "you can't see me!", waving his hand in front of his face. A little over a week after Wrestlemania, a Draft Lottery was held on Raw between the two shows, with several individuals going from one show to the other. During one draw by Smackdown GM Paul Heyman, Cena walked out, making his first appearance on Raw. He gave a quick rap, then made the draw for Heyman, pulling out Hunter Hearst Helmsley's name, shocking the Raw roster (Helmsley was quickly traded back to Raw within a week). On the following Smackdown, Cena again came out, this time 'welcoming' a Raw transfer, Rene Dupree, even offering him a bag of nuts.
A week later, Cena was one of the few 'nominees' for the Kurt Angle Great American award (Angle had taken over the GM spot for Smackdown). The winner of the award would be declared the #1 Contender. Cena defended the US Title that night, beating Danny Basham, and seemed to be Angle's reluctant pick for the award. But John Bradshaw Layfield interrupted, showing a video of himself stopping Mexican immigrants at the border. Angle thus awarded the #1 Contender spot to Layfield, screwing over Cena. The US Champ continued on, though, defeating Chavo Guerrero Jr (the Cruiserweight Champ) in a Non-Title Champions vs. Champions Match the next week. Near the end of April '04, during Rene Dupree's attempted French talk show segment, Cafe de Rene, Dupree threw wine into Torrie Wilson's face, then threatened to attack her. Cena ran down to make the save, then competed in a "Handicap" Match against Chavo Guerrero Jr & Sr. Due to interference from Dupree, though, Cena lost the match.
Cena saved Torrie Wilson again the next week, after she was placed in a "No Disqualification" Match with Dupree by Angle, who blamed Wilson for putting him in a wheelchair. When Dupree complained about Cena's involvement, Angle also placed some of the blame for his injury on rap music, and gave Dupree a US Title match against Cena at the next pay-per-view. Cena concentrated on other things, though, winning matches over Doug Basham and Sakoda heading towards Judgment Day '04. The match was a very competitive one, with Dupree giving Cena a real challenge for the US Title. Cena fought hard as well, though, at one point bloodying Dupree's mouth. Near the end, Cena went for the FU, but Dupree escaped, catching Cena with a neckbreaker and a close 2 count. After a couple more close falls, Cena caught Dupree with the FU and pinned him, winning the match and staying the champion.
Cena gave Dupree a rematch on the next Smackdown, and the two had another competitive bout. Unfortunately, it ended badly for Cena, as Dupree caught him with a low blow on the outside, then rolled into the ring while the ref made the count, giving Cena the countout loss. Another rematch was scheduled by Angle a week later, with Angle making it a "Lumberjack" Match between the two. Cena and Angle continued to have some heat between them, as Angle was angry about Cena's idea to give the next PPV to the American troops in Iraq for free. Cena and Dupree went on that night to another good match, with the heel lumberjacks, including an angry Booker T, attacking Cena and protecting Dupree. They couldn't protect him from Rico, though, who gave Dupree a kiss at one point in the match. Cena later got the FU and won the bout, winning the series over Dupree.
On the next Smackdown, Cena interrupted a Booker T interview, looking for some revenge because of Booker's actions in the Lumberjack match. As they argued, Kurt Angle and his bodyguard (Luther Reigns) came out, with Angle telling Cena that, because of 'controversy' regarding Cena's raps, he wanted Cena to leave the building. Before he could do anything, though, Booker T attacked, and the two wrestlers started brawling, with Angle first accidentally being hit from Cena when Booker T ducked a clothesline, then taking a chair shot to the leg by a badly-aimed Booker T swing. Angle then said that he was going to try to get the board of directors to strip Cena of the US Title. A week later, Angle came out and said he wanted an apology from both men. Booker T came out and quickly apologized (5 times), but Cena refused, saying that he was sorry for nothing.
A furious Angle then placed Cena in a "Triple Play" Match against Booker T, Rene Dupree, & Rob Van Dam, where the person who beat Cena would be given the title shot at the pay-per-view. However, despite each having 5 minutes, none of the wrestlers could pin Cena. When Dupree got an extra five minutes from Angle, Cena still managed to pin Dupree. A frustrated Angle decided then and there to make the match at the Great American Bash a Fatal Fourway Elimination Match between the wrestlers. Afterwards, Booker T & Dupree attacked Cena, with Van Dam helping to fend them off. RVD then signaled to Cena that he wanted the gold, while Cena showed that he'd rather keep it. Van Dam answered with a kick to the face, showing how serious he was about the title shot.
At The Great American Bash, Cena, Van Dam, Dupree, and Booker T all strived to prove that they were the most worthy to hold the United States Championship. There were no tags in or out, as all four men fought from the beginning in a tornado-tag style match, either fighting on the outside or going at it between the ropes. Near the middle of the match, Van Dam saw an opportunity and went for it, catching Booker T with the Five Star Frog Splash. But before Van Dam could recover from the blow, Cena grabbed him and rolled him up, pinning RVD and eliminating him. This led to some double-teaming from Booker T & Dupree, but they eventually broke apart, and after Booker T hit Cena with the Axe Kick, he turned and pinned a downed Dupree to eliminate him. Booker T then viciously attacked Cena, but the champ came back, dodging another Axe Kick and getting the FU to take care of Booker T and retain the US Title.
Cena made an appearance at the next Smackdown, interrupting the debut speech of the Japanese wrestler, Kenzo Suzuki. Cena made fun of Suzuki, 'translating' his speech into a variety of crazy things. Meanwhile, that night, Booker T won a #1 Contenders Match to get another shot at Cena's US Title. The two were set up to face off the next week, with Cena being attacked beforehand first by Suzuki, then by Luther Reigns. In the match, Reigns & Angle watched from ringside as the champ & the challenger went at it. Angle also became involved in the match, hitting Cena with a crutch at one point. In the end, during a fight on the outside, Angle was again accidentally knocked over by Cena during a melee. Cena then got Booker T back in the ring, dodged an Axe Kick, and got the FU, only to be attacked by Reigns, ending the match. Angle then told Reigns to leave with the US Title, saying that, since Cena had again laid his hands on him, Cena was stripped of the belt.
Cena confronted Angle a week later, demanding the belt back. When he grabbed Angle and lifted him out of the chair, Reigns attacked, only to be thrown through a wall by Cena. As punishment, Cena was put in a 3-on-1 Handicap Elimination Match against Booker T, Rene Dupree, & Kenzo Suzuki. Suzuki was eliminated first via DQ, when he choked Cena with a scarf. Cena later was able to roll up Dupree, taking him out as well. Just as Cena seemed to be coming back on Booker T, though, Reigns came down to the ring and attacked, rolling Cena back into the ring to allow Booker T to get the victory. Cena got some revenge on Reigns a week later in a match, winning after Booker T accidentally hit Reigns with the vacated US Title.
On the last Smackdown of July '04, Cena joined 7 other wrestlers in a brawl over who would get the vacated United States Title. The brawl was stopped by Vince McMahon and the new GM (Angle had been fired due to lying about his injuries), Theodore R. Long. Long set up an 8-man Elimination Match for the title that night. Charlie Haas was the first eliminated, as he was caught by Billy Gunn's Fameasser. Rene Dupree was next, being pinned after being taken out by Luther Reigns. Kenzo Suzuki was disqualifed for hitting Cena with the title belt. Cena came back from the hit to eliminate Gunn with the FU, then got another FU and pin on Reigns, making the final three Cena, Rob Van Dam, & Booker T. Cena & Van Dam went at it for a time, with RVD taking control of the tired former champ. But as Van Dam went for the Five Star Frog Splash, Booker T made the quiet tag, and rushed in after the Frog Splash landed, getting the pin on Cena. Booker T then jumped up and hit RVD with the Axe Kick, eliminating him as well to win the vacated US Title.
Cena was given another shot the next week, in a match against Van Dam to decide the #1 Contender for Booker T's belt. After a back-and-forth battle, Cena won out with a cradle pin. The two showed respect to each other after the match. A week later, Van Dam joined Cena & Charlie Haas in a "Summer Relay" Match against Booker T, Luther Reigns, and Rene Dupree. Cena ended up rolling up Booker T in the end for the victory. It was then set up by Theodore R. Long that Cena and Booker T would have a "Best Of 5" Series, with the winner getting the US Title. The first match was held at Summerslam '04, with the champion, Booker T, coming out strong early on. Just as Cena seemed to be in trouble, though, he surprised Booker T with an FU, getting the pinfall and winning the first match of the series.
Cena was bragging about the victory on the next Smackdown, when he was confronted by Spike & the Dudley Boyz. The three wrestlers proceeded to beat down Cena, leading to a match between Cena and D'Von Dudley later that night. Cena won handily, getting the FU to land, then talked smack to Booker T, who had come down to do ringside commentary. The two had the 2nd match of their series the next week on Smackdown, with Booker T winning after using the ropes during a roll-up pin. Booker T won Match 3 as well, which was held during the Australian Smackdown tour, by holding onto Cena's tights during a pin. This left Cena down 1-2, with two matches to go. After a few weeks of wrestling other matches, as well as being a Lumberjack for the Eddie Guerrero/Kurt Angle match (the bout ended in a No-Contest due to a brawl, followed by the Big Show returning to destroy everyone in the ring), Cena and Booker T had the 4th match in the middle of September '04, with Cena somehow kicking out after being clocked by the US Title, then getting the FU to even the series at two apiece.
At No Mercy '04, the fifth and deciding match of the series took place. Both men were deadly serious, fighting in and out of the ring to begin things. Booker T took control for a while, but miscued a kick, racking himself. The flow went back-and-forth from there, with Cena going for the FU, but being reversed into the Book End for a 2 count. A frustrated Booker T then went for a chair, but the referee stopped him from using it. He then tried an Axe Kick, but Cena dodged, then got the FU, winning the match and finally regaining his United States Title. On the next Smackdown, Cena came out to celebrate his win, as well as to rap insults about Michael Cole. He was interrupted, though, by the newest Smackdown star, Carlito Carribean Cool. After a heated discussion, Cool surprised Cena with a DDT, then spit an apple into his face. A match was set up for later that night, with Carlito shockingly knocking out Cena with his own chain, then pinning him, taking away the US Title after only a few days.
It was announced by GM Theodore R. Long on the next Smackdown that Cena had been stabbed during a bar fight during the week, and had a punctured kidney. In reality, Cena was off filming the movie "The Marine". Meanwhile, on Smackdown, Carlito Carribbean Cool was quickly becoming a suspect in the stabbing, as he admitted that he was in the bar, but said he left as soon as Cena came in. However, Cool's new 'bodyguard', Jesus Aguilera, was also in the bar, and could have possibly done the stabbing as well. Going into November '04, it was announced that, at the next PPV, a 4-on-4 Elimination Match would take place. The face team consisted of Eddie Guerrero, Rob Van Dam, Rey Mysterio, & the Big Show, while the heel team was composed of Cool, Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns, & Mark Jindrak. However, Mysterio was removed from the match due to being given a Cruiserweight Title shot. Guerrero quickly responded by announcing that John Cena would make his return as the 4th member, shocking Cool and the rest of his team.
At the '04 Survivor Series, Cena didn't waste any time looking for some revenge. When he came out for the Elimination Match, Cena quickly attacked Jesus, taking him out, then chased Carlito to the back, with Cool saying all the time that he wasn't the one who attacked him. Jesus tried to regroup, attacking Cena from behind, but Cena wouldn't be denied, taking him out. Cool then drove off in someone else's car, fleeing the arena and basically eliminating himself from the match. Cena then eventually made his way back to ringside, where the match had already begun. Angle's team tried to make up for the 4-on-3 disadvantage by working over Guerrero, but Guerrero managed to escape and tag in RVD. Van Dam scored his Five Star Frog Splash on Mark Jindrak, but was then rolled up by the legal man, Angle, bringing it to 3-on-3. This didn't last long, as Guerrero rolled up Jindrak to eliminate him as well. The Big Show took care of Luther Reigns with a chokeslam, leaving Angle against 3 men. Angle tried to leave, but was stopped by Van Dam, who sent him back to the ring, where the Big Show caught him and tossed him in. Cena then got the FU on Angle, followed by a Guerrero Frog Splash. The Big Show then made the cover, ending the match, with Cena, Guerrero, & Show 'surviving'.
Cena was given a rematch for the United States Title against Cool on the next Smackdown, with GM Theodore R. Long not letting Cool out of the match, despite x-rays that showed his shoulder injury. When the match began, Cena quickly took out Jesus on the outside, then viciously attacked Cool, even hitting his injured shoulder with a chair. After a quick domination in the ring, Cena got the FU on Cool and pinned him, becoming the 3-time US Champion. The celebration was short-lived, however, as Jesus attacked, aiming chair & chain shots into Cena's still-injured kidney area. Cena had to be taken out on a stretcher. Cena wouldn't return again for a few weeks, but it was announced by GM Long that Cena would defend the US Title against Jesus in a "Street Fight" at the next pay-per-view, Armageddon '04. The match was complete domination by Cena, despite the presence of the injured Cool, as Cena destroyed Jesus both in and out of the ring, finally taking him out with the FU and making the cover to stay the champ. Cena also reclaimed his chain, using it to knock out Cool before he left.
Cena changed up the United States Title on the next Smackdown, with a spinner in the center of it. Cena didn't actually appear on the show, though, except for a replay of the Street Fight Match from the PPV. Cena also didn't show up on the Christmas in Iraq show, presumably because he had been filming the Marine at the time the show was taped. On the final Smackdown of '04, Cena was part of the Champions Showcase, where all champions got to decide an opponent to defend their title against. Cena took on Rene Dupree, with the two rivals having a good match. Cena won out in the end, pumping up and getting the FU to stay the champ going into the new year.
Cena started off 2005 renewing his feud with Kenzo Suzuki. The two had a "Battle Rap" on the first Smackdown of the year, with Suzuki dressed up as Uncle Sam, continuing his 'I Love The USA' angle. Cena rapped back about both Suzuki and his wife, Hiroko, then brought out several divas, easily capturing Suzuki's attention. This led to Hiroko attacking one of the divas (Michelle), while Suzuki jumped Cena. The champ fought him off, though, clearing the ring. The next week, Cena and Suzuki squared off, with the US Title on the line. The match was a short one, as Cena quickly tore into Suzuki, then got the FU, pinning him 1-2-3. Cena wrestled the next week against Rene Dupree, beating him to gain a spot in the Royal Rumble match. Afterwards, though, Suzuki came down and attacked, ko'ing Cena and getting a measure of revenge. The two wrestlers faced off again the Smackdown before the PPV, with Cena again winning fairly easily.
At the '05 Royal Rumble, Cena continued his usual policy of getting in a confrontation with Raw wrestlers, this time griping with Christian while they chose their entry numbers for the main event. When Christian tried to out-rap him, Cena told him to choose his number for him, since he knew Christian liked balls. Cena entered the Rumble at #25, and immediately had a huge impact, back-dropping the 500-lb Viscera up and out. Cena later got a huge FU on Kane, sending another monster out of the ring. Cena later seemed to be working as a team with another Smackdown star, Rey Mysterio. This led to those two being in the Final Four, along with Batista and Edge. Mysterio was eliminated by a Spear from Edge, but Cena got revenge for him, throwing Edge out to make it Cena vs. Batista. Cena went for the FU on Batista, but had it blocked. Batista then went for the Batista Bomb, but Cena held on, and the two men toppled over the ropes at the same time! After some confusion about who won, Vince McMahon came out and restarted the match. Cena then went for the FU again, but Batista got a huge Spinebuster instead, then tossed Cena out, winning the Rumble. Cena had to watch from the outside, coming oh so close to getting the title shot only to come up short.
Going into February '05, Cena congratulated Batista for his victory, then invited Batista to use his title shot by coming to Smackdown. GM Teddy Long then announced that a #1 Contenders Tournament would take place to decide who would be facing the Smackdown Heavyweight Champion, JBL, if Batista opted to wrestle on Raw. If Batista decided to come to Smackdown, it would be a "Triple Threat" at Wrestlemania. JBL came out to protest, but relented when Long told him that Cena would be wrestling JBL's ally, Orlando Jordan, in the first round. A cocky JBL got in Cena's face, but Cena took out OJ, then FU'ed the champion, giving notice that he was coming for JBL's World Title. A week later, Cena won over Jordan in the Qualifying Match, in part due to JBL not being there (he was acting drugged in the back to try and trick the Big Show), which sent Cena to the semi-finals of the tournament.
Cena had a competitive bout against Booker T the next week, to decide who would face Kurt Angle in the finals. The two face wrestlers went back and forth in a long match, with Cena finally catching Booker T at the end with the FU to move on. Later that night, Cena's interview was interrupted by Angle, who reminded Cena about who had won their first match together (Cena's debut). Cena replied that he was the hungrier one, and would fight harder to go to Wrestlemania. At No Way Out '05, Cena and Angle got their chance to prove themselves right. Angle showed his experience throughout the match, repeatedly going for the Ankle Lock. But Cena fought back on sheer willpower, and eventually took Angle down with the FU, pinning him and officially earning his shot at the Smackdown Champion, John Bradshaw Layfield, at the biggest event of the year.
On the next Smackdown, JBL (who had won controversially over the Big Show at No Way Out) had a "Celebration of Excellence", with his Cabinet members rejoicing over his long reign as champion. The lavish event was first interrupted by the Big Show, who took out many of the tuxedo'ed guests before going after JBL. When the Big Show was being gang-attacked by JBL, Orlando Jordan, & the Basham Brothers, Cena ran out to make the save, prompting GM Teddy Long to make a tag match that night, pitting Cena & the Big Show against JBL & Jordan. It was a competitive match, with Cena getting the win at the end by FU'ing Jordan, then (with JBL watching) giving Jordan the Five-Knuckle Shuffle. Cena was immediately a major threat to JBL's title.
A week later, Cena talked about JBL and his Cabinet, bashing each member in it. He also put his US Title on the line against Jordan. The odds seemed to be in Cena's favor, as JBL, angry at the reception he had gotten from the fans, apparently left the arena, while telling Jordan that, if he didn't win, he'd be out of the Cabinet. This made Jordan fight harder, but Cena still had things well in hand, FU'ing OJ. However, while the ref was distracted by the Bashams, JBL surprisingly came from the other side of the ring, hitting Cena with the WWE Title! Cena was then pinned by OJ, losing his US Title in shocking fashion. Insult was then added to injury when JBL publicly destroyed Cena's spinning US Title the next week, before giving Jordan the older, "more prestigious" US Title to wear. Cena wanted to go after JBL that night with a lead pipe, but was denied by GM Teddy Long, who told Cena that he couldn't lay a hand on JBL until the PPV (to save Smackdown's main event). Cena decided, though, that if Long wasn't part of the solution, he was part of the problem, leading to Cena FU'ing GM Long!
Due to the assault, Long announced on Smackdown a week later that, if Cena laid a hand on JBL outside of a match, he would forfeit the Wrestlemania title shot. JBL did all he could to encourage Cena to hit him, but this just inspired Cena to contain it for that night's match, which had Cena teaming with Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero against JBL & the Basham Brothers. Feelings were high in this match, as Mysterio & Guerrero had been having some problems, while Cena was focused only on getting his hands on JBL. But the faces still managed to work things out, with Mysterio Dropping the Dime on Doug Basham for the victory. After the match, Cena had a steel chair, which he threatened to use on JBL. JBL seemed torn between wanting Cena to hit him (which would forfeit Cena's shot) and wanting not to be hit by the steel. Cena managed to rein in his anger, though, dropping the chair and saving his title shot.
The tables were turned somewhat on the next Smackdown, as GM Teddy Long announced that, if JBL swung at Cena, Cena would be allowed to fight back. This allowed Cena to taunt JBL, doing everything from giving JBL's limo a flat tire to cutting off JBL's neck-tie! Cena then filled JBL's hat with water, placing it back on JBL's head with a splash, before getting the spray paint and putting a yellow streak down his back and FU on his front before leaving. However, as much fun as Cena had, it backfired on him a week later, when JBL came down during Cena's match with Carlito and had Cena arrested for Vandalism. JBL also insulted the handcuffed Cena, then gave him a low blow when Cena tried to get to him. The night ended with JBL doing the "You Can't See Me" gesture in front of Cena's frustrated face.
Cena finally got his World Title match with JBL at Wrestlemania 21. Cena and JBL both had their own ways of getting over with the fans, as Cena had new music, while JBL had fake $100 bills (with JBL's picture on them) fall from the roof. Cena did not have an easy time with the champion, as JBL dominated a good portion of the match. But JBL couldn't keep Cena's shoulders down, as he kept finding a way to kick out of pinfall attempts. Near the end, Cena built some momentum, eventually catching JBL with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Things seemed to be falling apart, though, as Cena ran into a Big Boot from JBL. Shortly thereafter, however, Cena ducked the Clothesline From Hell, then got the FU, pinning JBL and winning the WWE Smackdown Heavyweight Championship! Cena celebrated with the crowd afterwards, showing the Chain Gang that, officially, "the Champ Is Here".
Cena proudly displayed the WWE Championship on the next Smackdown, while also announcing to the crowd that he would have a new belt made, in similar fashion to his Spinner US Title. JBL tried to stop the new belt a week later from being delivered, but Cena had already thought ahead, having JBL steal a box full of fish guts instead. Cena then had the new Spinner World Title lowered from the ceiling, displaying it to the audience for the first time. For the next few weeks, Cena wrestled in some "Non-Title" Matches against Orlando Jordan and Rene Dupree, while watching the #1 Contender Series that was taking place to decide his challenger. When JBL won the final "Fourway" Match over Kurt Angle, Booker T, and the Big Show, Cena was ready to face off against the former champion again.
Going into May '05, Cena's music career seemed to be taking off. He had his new entrance music, "The Time Is Now", and an album being released called "You Can't See Me". He also had another track, "Bad, Bad Man", released as a single. The video for "Bad, Bad Man" featured Cena, The Trademarc (Cena's cousin), and Bumpy Knuckles portraying themselves as the A-Team in a battle to save the '80s icons from evil turncoat Gary Coleman. The World Premiere of the video took place on Smackdown, while also getting some airtime on MTV. On the same night, JBL came out and talked about how the crowd was full of quitters. This inspired Cena, who interrupted JBL and told him that their PPV rematch would be an "I Quit" Match! Cena and JBL continued to interact for the next few weeks, with JBL insulting Cena's music career, while Cena was focused on JBL & his Cabinet, even winning a "Handicap" Match over the Basham Brothers, with JBL watching from the outside.
At Judgment Day '05, Cena and JBL met in a rematch for the Smackdown Heavyweight Title. JBL brought the old Heavyweight Title with him, claiming that he wouldn't let Cena destroy the prestigue of the gold. Cena, meanwhile, had the Spinner Championship belt, as well as a truck with a DJ, putting JBL's limo to shame (especially after Cena ripped the horns off the front of it before the match). The bout started in the ring, with several wrestling holds exchanged, but it soon ventured outside into the crowd, with several weapons getting used. At one point, JBL tried to Powerbomb Cena on one announce table, only to have Cena Backdrop JBL through the other table! Shortly thereafter, though, JBL caught Cena with a nasty chair shot, badly cutting Cena open. JBL continued to beat on the bloody Cena, telling him to quit, but Cena refused, coming back with the Five Knuckle Shuffle and the FU. The two fought back to the two cars, with Cena throwing JBL onto his own limo. Cena later fought off a choke from JBL and sent the challenger through a monitor, causing JBL to bleed as well. Near the end, Cena took JBL through a table, then grabbed another weapon from his truck to hit JBL with. When JBL saw him coming, JBL surprisingly quit, ending the match. JBL then tried to point out how smart he was for ending the match, but Cena didn't care, smashing JBL with the weapon and sending JBL through a glass window!
Cena thanked the fans on the next Smackdown for their support. He was then interrupted by JBL, who talked about how he couldn't beat Cena, but that he would eventually be the champion again. Cena then told JBL that he had prepared a tribute video for his 'worthy' challenger. It was another Cena trick, though, as Cena ran a video montage of JBL quitting. Cena then proclaimed JBL as the most celebrated quitter in WWE history! A week later, Cena appeared on Carlito's Cabana, making fun both of Carlito and his bodyguard, the stuttering Matt Morgan. Cena teamed with the Big Show later that night to take on Carlito & Morgan, with Cena getting the hot tag late in the match and taking out Carlito with the Five Knuckle Shuffle and the FU for the victory.
WWE Raw: 2005
In June '05, after Wrestlemania, a Draft Lottery was scheduled to begin between Raw and Smackdown. Everyone was said to be eligible for the draft. This was proven on the first night, as Chris Jericho, during his Highlight Reel, introduced WWE Champion John Cena as the first pick in the draft! Cena surprisingly had come to Raw, taking the Smackdown Heavyweight Title with him! Cena talked with Jericho for a few minutes about their similar careers in wrestling and music, then Cena had to deal with Christian, who had been talking down to Cena for weeks on Raw. Christian came out with Tyson Tomko, getting in Cena's face. Cena answered with a rap about Christian's crazy career, which led to a brawl between Cena & Jericho and Christian & Tomko. Later on in the night, Cena met up with Raw GM Eric Bischoff, with Cena turning down Bischoff's offer to join in the feud against ECW.
Cena & Jericho teamed against Christian & Tomko on the next Raw, with Cena getting the victory with an FU on Tomko. But after the match, Jericho attacked Cena, locking him in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho had been upset about Christian being named the #1 Contender to Cena's Title, leading to the assault, which impressed GM Bischoff enough to have him make the match at the next PPV a "Triple Threat" Match. It also caused Cena to call out both Jericho and Christian a week later, not wanting to wait for the PPV. However, Cena was answered by Muhammad Hassan, who called Cena a typical complaining American. Cena challenged Hassan to a fight, with Bischoff then coming out to make the bout a WWE Title Match! Cena's determination was too strong for Hassan that night, though, as Cena destroyed Hassan in only a few minutes, getting the victory and retaining the title. However, Cena was attacked on the way up the ramp by both Jericho and Christian, getting a double-team beatdown.
At Vengeance '05, Cena was interviewed by Todd Grisham in the back before the match, talking about how Christian and Jericho were both geeks in school, while Cena was voted most likely to kick ass. Cena then went to defend the WWE Title against the two men. The double-tearm against Cena started early on, but didn't last long, as both Jericho and Christian thought that they should become the champion. Christian had an added bonus of having Tyson Tomko to help him, although this was negated when the ref eventually tossed Tomko from ringside. The action was furious both in and out of the ring, with several near-falls. Late in the match, Jericho got his Walls of Jericho locked on Cena, causing the champ to yell in pain. Christian came in, though, and broke it up with a close roll-up on Jericho. Cena then recovered and got the FU on Christian, while hitting Jericho with Christian's legs to take him out. Cena made the pin, keeping the WWE Championship around his waist.
Twenty-four hours later on Raw, Cena had to find two partners in order to face Jericho, Christian, & Tomko in a Six-Man Tag. If he didn't find anyone, he would be in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match, by order of GM Bischoff. Maria Kanellis interviewed Cena in the back, but forgot what to ask him, so Cena took over, introducing Shawn Michaels as his first partner. Michaels then said that the third member of the team was on the way. A few seconds later, Maria returned, having remembered her question of "Did you find a partner yet?" For once, Cena seemed speechless, finally answering yes. Speculation ran rampant about Cena & HBK's partner, from Marty Jannetty to the Rock. It turned out to be "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, who proved to be the deciding factor, winning with the Big Leg Drop on Tomko. Cena and Michaels posed with Hogan after the match, showing three different generations of icons.
Cena had another talk with Maria on the July 4th edition of Raw, finding her upset after Kerwin White had called her stupid. Cena told her that she looked good, and to go with her strengths. Cena then went on Jericho's Highlight Reel, with Jericho once again proclaiming his band, Fozzy, better than Cena's group, as well as being a better wrestler who could take the title at any time. Cena responded back, which led to another brawl. A week later, Bischoff announced that Cena and Jericho would be going at it for the WWE Championship at the next PPV. By this time, it was obvious that Bischoff didn't believe that Cena was a worthy champion, and it was also clear that Cena had no love for Bischoff, as, after Jericho refused to come to the ring, Cena FU'ed Bischoff and told him welcome to the new Raw.
To punish Cena for the FU, Bischoff put Cena in a match against Gene Snitsky on the next Raw, with lumberjacks hand-picked by Jericho at ringside. Needless to say, all of the lumberjacks were against Cena, working to injure him whenever possible (while protecting Snitsky). However, when the faces of Raw showed up to brawl with the lumberjacks, Cena was given a chance. Jericho tried to interfere while the ref was distracted, but it backfired, helping Cena get the FU on Snitsky for the victory. A "Battle of the Bands" was set up a week later, between Cena's group and Fozzy. Cena went first, doing a live version of "Bad, Bad Man". With the fans cheering, Jericho then came out, saying that he refused to put Fozzy up against the obviously-biased crowd. Later that night, Cena went against the IC Champion, Carlito, with no titles on the line. If Carlito got the win, he would get a title shot the next week. To make things worse for Cena, Jericho was made the special referee, and used it to his advantage, low-blowing Cena at one point and giving him the Lionsault, then counting Carlito's pin to give Carlito the win!
On the first August '05 Raw, Cena put the WWE Raw Championship up against Carlito, with Jericho once again announced by GM Bischoff as the special referee. Cena looked to have no chance, as both Bischoff & Jericho were determined to get the belt off of him, so that he wouldn't compete at the PPV. Jericho worked as the ref, while Bischoff stayed at ringside. Cena did well this time against Carlito, even getting him down for the count at one point, but Jericho refused to make the count, causing Cena to knock him from the ring. Cena then gave Carlito the FU, and another ref, Chad Patton, surprisingly ran in to make the count, allowing Cena to keep the title! However, after the match, Jericho attacked Cena, busting him open with a camera shot, then putting him in the Walls of Jericho as the night came to an end.
Bischoff & Jericho got revenge on referee Patton the next week, by putting him in a match with Jericho, with Carlito coming down to ringside to get a few shots of his own, until Cena made the save with another FU to Carlito. The same night, Cena had another music video air, this time for his song, "Right Now". A week later, Cena was put in a "Handicap" Match against Jericho & Carlito, with Carlito & Bischoff pretending to be Canadian to try and get some fan support from the Montreal crowd (who booed them more than ever). The odds again seemed against Cena, but he still came through, catching Carlito with another FU and getting the pin, as Jericho left the corner and instead went for a chair, coming back after the match to smash Cena in the face! Cena was left unconscious, as Jericho once again seemed to have the upper hand in their feud. Cena and Jericho had it out at Summerslam '05, with Jericho promising Bischoff that he'd finally have a worthy champion of Raw. However, Cena put up a good fight, and caught Jericho on the move, lifting him into position for the FU! Cena got the pin, staying the champion once again.
A day later, Jericho told Bischoff that Cena had only gotten lucky. This led Bischoff to announce that Cena and Jericho would face again that night in a "You're Fired" Match! Later that night, Bischoff approached a hooded Cena and told him to cherish the WWE Title, since he would no longer have it after the night was over. Bischoff's taunts fell on deaf ears, though, almost literally, as Cena had headphones on under his hood. During the match, Bischoff was a major factor, even giving Cena a low blow on the outside of the ring at one point. Late in the match, Jericho got Cena in the Walls of Jericho, with Bischoff working to hold the ropes away from Cena's outstretched hands. Cena eventually made it to the ropes anyway, escaping with a badly-hurting back that hampered his ability to hit the FU. He still got Jericho with it, though, only to have Bischoff put Jericho's foot on the ropes to save him. Bischoff also gave Jericho some brass knuckles, which he used to hit Cena with, getting a near 2-count before Cena kicked out. A frustrated Bischoff tried to bring the WWE Championship into the ring, but was stopped by the referee. The distraction allowed Cena to catapult Jericho into Bischoff, knocking Bischoff off the apron and putting Jericho in perfect position for another FU, with Cena getting the pin! Bischoff violently fired Jericho after the match for not winning. As Jericho begged to no avail (and was carried out of the building), Kurt Angle surprisingly showed up and attacked Cena, announcing himself as the new #1 Contender!
A week later, Cena called out Angle, who refused to come to the ring at first. But when Cena turned his back, saying that he knew this was the way Angle liked it, Angle entered and tried to attack him, leading to a brawl between the two wrestlers, with Cena winning out. On the next Raw, Angle defeated Eugene in a match, then refused to release his Ankle Lock. Cena rushed down for the save, but was then surprisingly ambushed by Tyson Tomko, who booted Cena in the face! Tomko was 'rewarded' by Bischoff afterwards by getting a match with Cena that night. Cena was obviously dazed while in the match with Tomko, but recovered enough to catch Tomko with the FU, getting another win. However, as Cena headed up the ramp, Angle rushed out and attacked, eventually giving Cena the Angle Slam on the steel! Angle later promised to prove that Cena's championship reign was fake.
On the next Raw, Cena was put into another "Handicap" Match by Bischoff, against Angle & Tomko. An apparently heartbroken Cena entered Bischoff's office that night and talked about not wrestling in the match, and instead talked about giving up the WWE Title. It was all a trick on Bischoff, though, as Cena took the belt back and yelled in Bischoff's face about how he'll never quit. Cena actually got the win in the "Handicap" Match, getting the FU on Tomko for the win. But Angle beat down Cena afterwards, ramming his ankle into the ringpost to do some more damage, as Bischoff encouraged him from outside the ring. At Unforgiven '05, Cena had to face Angle with his belt on the line. Before the match, Bischoff taunted Cena in the back, as Cena was getting his ankle taped. Cena responded by putting a piece of tape over Bischoff's mouth.
The match was a fast and furious one, as both wrestlers had no love for the other. Cena and Angle both landed some great hits, but couldn't seem to put the other man away. Angle focused on Cena's ankle, adding to the damage, and even got him in the Ankle Lock at one point, with Cena just barely able to escape. The referee kept getting knocked down during the bout, with the Angle Slam and the FU both landing without someone there to count. Near the end of the match, with Bischoff out to watch, Angle hit Cena with his gold medals, then reapplied the Ankle Lock. A pained Cena managed to reach the ropes, but Bischoff smacked his hands away, breaking the escape. Cena then rolled, causing Angle to hit Bischoff. With Bischoff down, Cena got the WWE Title and swung, hitting Angle in the head. Unfortunately for Cena, the referee had recovered enough to see the hit, calling for the DQ! After the match, Bischoff announced that, since he lost, Cena was no longer the champion! Cena immediately grabbed Bischoff and FU'ed him, then went back to brawling with Angle, eventually reversing a move and putting Angle through the Spanish announce table with an FU!
On the next Raw, Bischoff came out with the WWE Title on his shoulder, talking about the 'controversy' from the night before. He brought out Kurt Angle, but before he could do anything with the belt, Vince McMahon interrupted, wanting to know what was going on, saying that Bischoff didn't have the authority to strip Cena of the title! Mr. McMahon told Bischoff that the belt would go back to Cena. Mr. McMahon also announced that, with Raw heading back to the USA Network, there would be a special "Homecoming" Special in 2 weeks, with Cena defending the WWE Raw Heavyweight Title against Bischoff! Bischoff later pleaded with Mr. McMahon to reconsider, but Mr. McMahon (after a few seconds of 'reconsidering') confirmed his decision. That night, Cena joined with Shawn Michaels, Matt Hardy, & the Big Show in winning an "Eight-Man" Match over Angle, Chris Masters, Gene Snitsky, & Edge.
A week later, Cena again teamed with Michaels, as they were put in a "Tables" Match against Chris Masters & Carlito. During the match, Angle came down to interfere, pushing Michaels off the top rope and through a table on the floor, eliminating him! Cena and Angle then fought, with Bischoff coming in and low-blowing Cena, leaving him vulnerable to an Angle Slam though another table, losing the match! At WWE Homecoming the next week, Cena got to have his revenge on Bischoff. But Bischoff had a few surprises in store, as he got to take over after Mr. McMahon left the arena. Bischoff made his match a "No DQ" Match, which would allow Angle to interfere! However, Cena was able to dodge an Angle chair attack at one point, causing Angle to bounce it off the ropes and hit himself with it! With Angle out, Cena quickly FU'ed Bischoff and got the win, keeping the gold. Cena and Angle brawled after the match, until the Smackdown wrestlers in the back opted to run down and attack both men (due to Bischoff denying them a match that evening). Smackdown and Raw brawled to end the night.
A week later, Cena teamed with Michaels & the Big Show against Angle, Carlito, & Edge. In a surprise finish, Cena was pinned by Angle, losing the match and making Angle, once again, a serious threat to Cena's title. Bischoff, still interested in getting the belt off of Cena, immediately pitched the idea to Mr. McMahon for there to be a "Triple Threat" Match at the next PPV, with it being Cena vs. Angle vs. a fan-picked wrestler. A week later, Cena took on Angle in a "Non-Title" Match, with Mick Foley as the special referee. However, when Foley became occupied with Carlito, Bischoff ran down to take over the duties, helping Angle win by grabbing Cena's arm and forcing him to tap to the Ankle Lock.
Meanwhile, voting was commencing by the fans on who the other opponent would be: Michaels, Kane, or the Big Show. It soon became apparent that Michaels was the front-runner, especially after Michaels Superkicked Cena at one point, when Cena was attempting to FU Angle. At Taboo Tuesday '05, Michaels was officially announced as the winner of the voting, meaning that it would be Cena vs. Angle vs. Michaels for the WWE Raw Heavyweight Title. It was a wild, back-and-forth match, with each wrestler nearly getting the win at different points. Late in the bout, Angle got Cena in the Ankle Lock, only to get nailed from a flying elbow by Michaels. HBK later knocked out Angle with some Sweet Chin Music, but this allowed Cena to catch Michaels with the FU for the victory, continuing to frustrate both Bischoff and Angle.
On the next Raw, Cena was paired with Michaels to take on Angle & Chris Masters. However, when Angle first came out, he rebelled against the chants of "You Suck" from the crowd, eventually telling them that they didn't deserve to see him. GM Bischoff had to quickly convince Angle that he would fix the problem, as well as allowing Angle to choose the referee for that night, keeping Angle from leaving the building. The "You Suck" chants to Angle's music were bleeped out when he returned. Angle then announced his chosen referee: Khosrov Daivari! Not surprisingly, Daivari was biased, working for Angle's team. At the end, after Michaels intercepted a chair from Chris Masters, Daivari turned, saw the chair, and DQ'ed Michaels, giving the win to Angle & Masters. When Cena protested, Daivari hit him with a chair shot, then left with Angle, celebrating.
A week later, Cena's feud with Angle was put on hold in wake of the news of Eddie Guerrero passing away before the show. Both Raw and Smackdown held tribute shows, with Cena doing the first interview on Raw. He talked about how Eddie had been a father figure to Cena early on, helping him adapt to the wrestling business. Cena sent his condolences to Eddie's family and friends, and said that everyone that night would be talking about how great a person Eddie was. Later that night, Cena wrestled against Smackdown's Randy Orton. Near the end, Cena seemed to have everything in control, getting Orton with the Five-Knuckle Shuffle to prepare him for the FU. Orton's dad, "Cowboy Bob" Orton, then came into the ring, causing the DQ. Cena fought off both men after the match, giving Randy Orton the FU and clearing the ring. Cena then left an Eddie Guerrero t-shirt on the mat, with the WWE Championship on top of it, a symbol of the lost wrestler.
Things returned to normal a week later, with Angle announcing that Daivari was going to be his full-time referee, including his match against Cena at the PPV. Cena replied in a funny segment, 'interviewing' several wrestlers in the back before coming out and getting the fans to tell Angle he sucks. The three wrestlers brawled, with Cena coming out on top, sending Angle & Daivari from the ring. At the '05 Survivor Series, Cena and Angle met up again. Daivari did everything in his power to help Angle get the win. However, Daivari was accidentally knocked out, making things even again. When two more Raw refs ran to the ring, Angle made sure to 'accidentally' take them out, only wanting Daivari as the ref. However, when Cena got Angle with the FU, a Smackdown referee ran out, making the count and surprisingly giving Cena the victory!
On the next Raw, a bitter Angle was placed in a match against Maria by GM Bischoff. With Angle giving her the Angle Slam, Cena came to the rescue, only to be attacked himself from Chris Masters. With Masters, Angle, & Daivari beating him down, Cena was then told by Bischoff that it would be Cena vs. Angle vs. Masters in a "Submission" Match, seemingly putting Cena in a deep hole. But Angle and Masters proved that they couldn't co-exist, as Masters made sure that Daivari wouldn't be the referee for the match. Ths gave Cena a chance, as a fair referee meant that Cena wouldn't have to worry about a screwjob call from Daivari. It became a true Triple Threat Match, with both Angle and Masters wanting to become the champion. Near the end, Cena was placed in the Masterlock by Masters, with Angle making the save. Angle then got Masters in the Ankle Lock, but Cena broke it up, knocking Angle from the ring. Cena then hit Masters' leg with a chair and applied his new maneuver, the STFU, to force Masters to tap, staying the champion.
On the next Raw, Vince McMahon held the Trial of Eric Bischoff, trying to decide whether to fire the GM. Cena showed up at the end, talking about how Bischoff was into censorship (for censoring the fans' response to Angle's music), as well as bringing up 10,000 "surprise witnesses", aka the fans, who wanted Bischoff fired. Mr. McMahon agreed, firing Bischoff, with Cena giving Bischoff one final FU before Mr. McMahon threw the ex-GM into a garbage truck. A week later, Cena took on Daivari in a "Blindfold" Match, getting the win by making Daivari tap out to the STFU. Afterwards, Angle & Daivari tried to attack him, but Cena fought off Angle, then delivered the FU to Daivari, sending another message. The next Raw was taped in Afghanistan for the troops, with Cena winning a Non-Title Match over Chris Masters before saluting the soldiers there.
It was during this time that Mr. McMahon had announced that an "Elimination Chamber" Match would take place at the next PPV, with the participants being chosen by winning matches (along with Cena, since he was the champ). It soon became Cena, Angle, Masters, Carlito, Michaels, and Kane. On the final Raw of the year, Mr. McMahon announced that each wrestler would compete in a "Beat The Clock" Match, with the man who could win with the fastest time getting the coveted final entry into the match. Cena took on Shelton Benjamin, trying to beat Michaels' time of 5:56. However, as the clock ticked down, Cena wasn't able to get Benjamin to submit, as Benjamin made it to the ropes as time ran out. Cena continued the match, eventually making Benjamin tap to the STFU. Afterwards, though, Cena got attacked by Angle & Daivari, causing another wild brawl between the wrestlers.
On the first Raw of the new year, Cena faced Angle in a "First Blood Non-Title" Match. Thanks to Daivari's interference, Cena lost, as, even though he had Angle in the STFU, he was the first one to be seen by the recovering ref as bleeding. After the match, Chris Masters & Carlito attacked Cena, apparently working with Angle to take him out. However, Masters & Carlito then also attacked Angle & Daivari, wanting only to take out opponents in the Elimination Chamber. Kane ran out to attack Masters, but then got Superkicked by Michaels. A bloody Cena then gave Michaels the FU, before collapsing in exhaustion, leaving everyone laying around the ring.
At New Year's Revolutions '06, Cena came out to some boos from the crowd, who had been turning on him in various ways for months. Cena still played the face, saying that the fans had the right to think that he sucked, just as they thought Angle and others sucked. Cena and Michaels were the first ones to start in the "Elimination Chamber" Match, putting both at a disadvantage. The two fought for a while, until Carlito entered at #3, attacking both men. Cena & Michaels eventually worked together to attack Carlito, even as Angle came out at #4, German Suplexing everyone. Angle later got Carlito in the Ankle Lock, but #5, Masters, made the save. Later on, Cena got caught by Angle's Ankle Lock, but this left Angle open to Michaels' Sweet Chin Music, causing Angle to be the first eliminated.
Kane entered as the last competitor, taking out everyone left in the cage, including Chokeslams for both Cena and Michaels. But Masters & Carlito were able to double-team the monster, with both men covering him to get the pinfall elimination. Michaels was next, getting caught by Carlito's Roll the Dice Finisher and pinned, leaving Cena against a double-team situation. But Carlito couldn't resist betraying Masters, rolling him up after a low blow to eliminate him. This allowed Cena to catch Carlito and get his own roll-up, eliminating Carlito and winning the match! Just when it seemed like Cena had survived with the gold, though, Mr. McMahon came out, announcing that Edge had cashed in his "Money In The Bank" Contract, which stated that Edge could have a title shot any time he wanted! Edge completely dominated the exhausted, bloody Cena, hitting him with two Spears and pinning him to win away the WWE Championship!
Edge and his girl, Lita, planned a "Live Sex" Celebration on the next Raw, with Mr. McMahon getting Cena to promise not to interfere with it. But when Ric Flair got involved, fighting with Edge and getting a One-Man Con-Chair-To on the announce table, Cena ran down, chasing Edge away. Cena then grabbed Lita, who was trying to hide in the bed, and pulled her out, taunting Edge to come back to the ring. When he refused, Cena FU'ed Lita, laying her out! A week later, Cena accepted Chris Masters' Masterlock Challenge, where he had to try to break out of Masters' submission hold. Cena seemed on the verge of doing it when Edge came out, first taunting Cena, then hitting him with the title, bloodying him. Later on, after Edge won a "TLC" Match over Flair to retain the belt, he went for another One-Man Con-Chair-To on the legend, with Cena making the save by sending Edge & Lita from the ring.
A week later on Raw, Cena and Edge were set to face off in a tag match, with each needing to choose a partner. As the night began, Edge & Lita came out, showing a video montage about Edge's climb to the top. Cena then interrupted, telling a great story about the actual 'movie' behind the 'trailer', and how it ended with Edge losing the "ho" (Lita) to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan! Later that night, Edge got Chris Masters, while Cena surprisingly brought in home-town favorite Ric Flair (who was thought to have been too injured to compete). With Flair's help, Cena got the victory, forcing Masters to tap out to the STFU. At the '06 Royal Rumble, Cena cashed in the "rematch" clause in his contract, this time facing Edge while at 100 percent. Cena had a grand entrance, having a stage ramp lower down for him. It was a competitive match, with Lita doing everything she could to help out Edge. At times, she distracted the referee and grabbed at Cena, breaking up his momentum. In the end, though, Lita got accidentally nailed by Edge when Cena dodged an attack, allowing Cena to quickly grab Edge and deliver the FU, winning back the WWE Raw Heavyweight Championship!
A furious Edge used his "Rematch" clause on the next Raw, saying that he would not be remembered as a 'transitional champion'. Cena had no problems with the rematch, as the two wrestlers had another strong match. Near the end, with the referee down, Edge got the advantage and called for Lita to bring in the championship belt. But Edge then got caught by Cena, who lifted him up for the FU. Lita came into the ring, with the ref getting up, and surprisingly rushed and hit Edge with the World Title, ending the match as a DQ loss for Cena! Both Cena and Edge looked shocked at the ending, with the announcers in complete confusion about what had happened. On the next Raw, though, Lita & Edge explained themselves, saying that, since Edge had technically won the match, he deserved another crack at the gold. Edge then had a confrontation with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, followed by him preparing to spear Maria. But Cena broke it up, again sending Edge & Lita from the ring.
Later that night, Cena & Maria were teamed up to take on Edge & Lita, with the winning team getting to choose the referee for the rematch between Cena and Edge the next week. Maria was very nervous before the match, causing Cena to calm her down with a long kiss, energizing her. Cena did most of the work for his team, but in the end, after Lita had accidentally been Speared by Edge, Maria blind-tagged herself in and made the pin, getting the win for Cena. Cena quickly announced his choice for referee: Mick Foley! The match took place the next week, with Foley promising to call things down the middle. It was another back-and-forth match between the two competitors, with Foley proving to be a major factor after ejecting Lita from ringside. Late in the match, with Foley down, Edge used the title to hit Cena, with Lita returning to throw Foley back in. However, Cena kicked out, then later caught Edge in a leap from the turnbuckle to get the FU, retaining the title. A furious Edge attacked Foley after the match, starting their own feud.
During the previous few weeks, a #1 Contenders Tournament had been taking place, with Triple H winning in the final match over Rob Van Dam and the Big Show. After the match, Cena came out, having a staredown with the former 10-time Heavyweight Champion. A week later, Cena came out to be interviewed by the Coach, who talked about how Cena didn't have a chance against Triple H. Cena took the mic from the Coach, but before he could respond, Triple H himself came out, taking over the interview. Cena and Triple H talked back and forth for a few minutes, with Cena letting Triple H know that, although Triple H was a 10-time champion, he had never beaten Cena. The two came face-to-face, but the tension was surprisingly broken by Vince McMahon (on the Tron), who announced that Cena and Triple H would have to team up to face the Smackdown main event wrestlers Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, & Rey Mysterio on the return edition of Saturday Night's Main Event! Cena and Triple H both looked a little shocked, dealing with the fact that they would have to work with their foe.
Cena competed in a "Wrestlemania Rewind" Match on the next Raw, taking on his Wrestlemania XX foe, the Big Show. It was a tough match for Cena, especially with Triple H watching from the ramp with his sledgehammer. The Big Show had his own problems, though, as he was distracted by Chris Masters & Carlito (who were stopped from interfering by the Big Show's tag partner, Kane). Cena then caught the Big Show on the turnbuckle, surprisingly giving the 500-pounder a Superplex! Triple H distracted Cena again, though, allowing the Big Show to get the advantage. Near the end, Cena ran off the ropes towards the Big Show, but got caught in position for a Chokeslam. However, Cena reversed out of it and got a huge F-U, winning the match.
A week later, Cena and Triple H had their WWE Title contract signing for Wrestlemania, with Triple H giving Cena praise for FU'ing the Big Show, but also cutting him down by saying that, while he would normally pull his sledgehammer out from the contract table and attack the champ, he didn't feel he needed to, since Cena was already at a disadvantage. Cena replied that maybe the reason Triple H wasn't doing it was because Cena might stick the sledgehammer up Triple H's ass. The two didn't have time to come to blows, though, when Kane & the Big Show (the two opponents of Cena & Triple H the week before) came out. Triple H was quick to get his sledgehammer, while Cena prepared the title, but Chris Masters & Carlito then attacked Kane & the Big Show, causing a brawl that was stopped by Mr. McMahon, who put together a 6-man tag match between Cena, Kane, & the Big Show, and Triple H, Masters, & Carlito. The match ended, though, via DQ, when Masters & Carlito attacked Kane & the Big Show with chairs (to little effect). Cena then tried to goad Triple H back into the ring to settle things, but Cena was then ambushed himself by Smackdown's Randy Orton! Orton gave Cena the RKO, taking him out, then ran, as Triple H entered the ring to chase him out. Although Triple H had no problems with Cena getting nailed, he did seem ready to defend Raw. The show ended, though, with Triple H smirking down at the champion.
At Saturday Night's Main Event #32, Cena & Triple H went into the "Handicap" Match with Angle, Mysterio, & Orton, with everyone wondering how they would work together. Triple H showed what he thought, as, after Cena caught Orton with the FU, Triple H ran in and gave Cena the Pedigree! He then tried to get Orton to make the cover, with Mysterio making the save, leading to Triple H Pedigree'ing Mysterio as well! Angle then took out Triple H, only to be RKO'ed. With everyone else down, though, Cena rolled up Orton and got the quick win, celebrating and talking trash to Triple H afterwards.
On the next Raw, Vince & Shane McMahon were celebrating their 'victory' over Shawn Michaels at SNME. Vince also decided to continue Michaels' torture, putting him in a match with Triple H. This brought out Cena, who wanted a piece of Triple H himself due to the Pedigree he had received. When Cena didn't back down from the McMahons, Vince opted to make it Cena & Michaels vs. Triple H & Shane. However, as Cena began the match by punching Shane, Vince quickly intervened, saying that, since Cena had used a closed fist, he was out of the match! Cena had to go to the back, as Michaels now had a "Handicap" Match against Triple H & Shane. Cena eventually came back, though, ending the match in a "No-Contest" as he and Michaels cleared the ring of Triple H, Shane, and security. A furious Vince McMahon let Cena know that he'd be facing him next week.
Before the match between Cena and Mr. McMahon, Michaels faced off against Triple H, with Mr. McMahon distracting Michaels enough to allow Triple H to catch him with the Pedigree. But Triple H didn't make the pin, instead, bringing Mr. McMahon into the ring and getting his sledgehammer. Cena came down for the save, as Mr. McMahon high-tailed it, leaving an overconfident Triple H, who dropped the sledgehammer to go after Cena. But the champ was too strong, sending Triple H from the ring. Later on, an infuriated Mr. McMahon allowed both Michaels and Triple H to be at ringside, only to have both get hand-cuffed. While Cena bloodied the boss, he was caught by a low blow, causing the ref to call for the DQ. Cena then got attacked by Triple H, who had been unlocked by Mr. McMahon. Cena (followed by Michaels) was left a bloody mess, after Triple H landed some shots with the sledgehammer.
At Wrestlemania 22, Triple H rose from the stage, while Cena came out in an old-time car, complete with gangsters carrying tommy guns joining him (an ode to Chicago, where the match was being held). Surprisingly, the crowd seemed very pro-Triple H, booing much of Cena's offense. This made for an interesting match, as Cena still pulled out all the stops to take down his foe. At one point, Triple H nearly won with a sledgehammer shot, but Cena kicked out, continuing the match. In the end, Cena blocked a Pedigree attempt to reapply his STFU, eventually forcing the Game to tap out. Despite not having the crowd behind him, Cena retained the WWE Heavyweight Title.
Cena came out on the next Raw to both boos and cheers from the crowd, feeling the heat of the audience in attendance. Cena was soon joined by Triple H, who talked about underestimating the champion and wanting another title shot. This, too, was interrupted, by Edge, who thought someone who had won at Wrestlemania should get the shot, namely himself. Cena tried to arrange a "#1 Contenders" Match between the two men, but Edge & Triple H joined forces, getting Cena to agree to a "Handicap" Match against them instead! Cena mostly fought against Edge during the match, as Triple H spent most of the match watching from a seat on the top turnbuckle. Triple H eventually got involved when it looked like Cena might take out Edge, but Triple H got taken out instead by an accidental Edge Spear! Cena then took Edge down, only to have Triple H viciously attack Edge as well! But when Cena went to give Edge the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, Triple H used the opportunity, booting Cena and giving him the Pedigree to pick up the victory. It was later announced on WWE.com that the next Raw PPV main event would be Cena vs. Triple H vs. Edge for the WWE Heavyweight Title.
Edge & Lita came out on the next Raw to brag about the 'win' over Cena, as well as to proclaim Edge as having the best chance of winning the WWE Title. Edge even said that he could beat either man. This brought out Cena, who threw insults back-and-forth with Edge & Lita, including Cena saying that, if he started to trash the fans, he'd become Edge, while if he let the cheers get to his head, he'd be Triple H. The Game also came out, getting involved. Triple H also told Edge that he had talked with "the old man" in the back and had arranged for another Handicap Match, this time pitting Cena & Triple H against Edge! While Edge didn't seem happy with the arrangement, Cena and Triple H didn't seem to get along either, as, when Triple H showed a handshake, Cena slapped him across the face and left the ring! In the match, Triple H and Cena barely got along, with Edge trying to take advantage. Near the end, though, Cena got the hot tag, taking it to Edge. When Triple H interfered, grabbing Edge and Pedigree'ing him (to try and steal the win), an angry Cena FU'ed his own tag partner, then put Edge in the STFU, forcing him to tap out!
It didn't take long the next week for the third "Handicap" Match to be signed, as Mr. McMahon, upset about Triple H calling him 'the old man', put his own son-in-law in the match against Cena & Edge. Triple H tried to swing things his way before the match, though, reminding Edge that Cena had betrayed his partner the week before. Cena & Edge didn't work well as a team, allowing Triple H to stay alive. When the ref went down, it worked fully to Triple H's advantage, as he retrieved his sledgehammer. He hammered Cena with his weapon, knocking him out. But Edge, who had been faking injury, then Speared Triple H, picking up a pinfall to 'even' the Handicap series between the three. It looked like things were going to start again the Raw before the PPV, with Triple H and Edge exchanging insults in the ring. Cena then came out, but didn't speak, instead just attacking Triple H, even as Edge & Lita left. Cena sent Triple H from the ring, and before the Game could return, the Spirit Squad came out, announcing that it would be the three wrestlers vs. their 5 in another "Handicap" Match that night! In the match, Cena, Triple H, & Edge had to work together, although their 'tags' were a little harder than normal. Near the end, with Edge & Lita opting just to leave, Cena grabbed one Spirit Squad member, while Triple H grabbed another, leading to a simultaneous FU/Pedigree combination! But no pin was made, as Cena and Triple H started going at it, with Edge & Lita laughing on the outside, as the show came to an end.
Cena, Triple H, & Edge met in their "Triple Threat" Match at Backlash '06, with Cena's World Title on the line. While Cena and Triple H went at it early on, Edge used his smarts, staying on the outside unless he needed to make a save. This soon backfired on Edge, though, as both Cena & Triple H decided to pull him into the ring and double-team him, trying to one-up each other by beating Edge into the ground. The match soon broke down into a true Three-Way bout, with several close calls. Late in the match, with Edge down on the outside (and the ref down), Lita tried to interfere, only to get Spinebustered by Triple H, who then got his favorite weapon, the sledgehammer, out from under the ring. However, Edge Speared Triple H, denying him his chance to use it. Edge then grabbed the sledge, but got nailed by Cena. Triple H then came back and tried to get the Pedigree, but Cena rolled up Triple H and got the quick pin, keeping his title once again. After the match, though, Triple H went berserk with the sledgehammer, nailing Cena, Edge, and the referee, before walking out.
Cena didn't get a break the next night on Raw, as the guest co-GM's, the Spirit Squad, quickly arranged for one of their own, Kenny, to face Cena for the World Title. Mr. McMahon also arranged for Triple H to be the referee (much to Triple H's dismay). It was a rough match for Cena, as, when he went for the FU on Kenny, Triple H punched him out! Triple H also turned his back when the entire Spirit Squad attacked Cena. But Triple H didn't seem to favor the Spirit Squad that much, either, taking his time to do the pin counts. When Kenny, finally fed up, shoved the Game, Triple H punched him out, then Pedigree'd Mitch when he charged the ring! Triple H then walked away, taking off his ref shirt, even as Shawn Michaels (who had referee'd earlier in the night) came out to take his place! Michaels, who had been attacked by the Squad the night before, refused to count to 3 on Cena, instead giving Kenny some Sweet Chin Music! Cena, recovered, then joined Michaels in taking out the Squad, with Cena hitting an FU on Kenny for the 3 count, staying the champion.
On the next Raw, Triple H came out and immediately demanded another title shot against Cena. The Champ responded, coming out and first talking about how Triple H has already had several chances. However, since Cena didn't want to be smacked with the sledgehammer over the next few weeks and be harrassed by Triple H, he agreed, giving Triple H his match! Before the two could go at it, though, Mr. McMahon intervened, saying that Triple H would get his title shot, but not that night. He gave Triple H the night off, then told Cena that he would be teaming up that night with Michaels in a "Handicap" Match against the Spirit Squad! It was a tough fight for Cena & Michaels, since they were out-numbered 5-2. Late in the match, after absorbing a lot of punishment, Cena made the hot tag to Michaels, who cleaned house. However, a Spirit Squad member was able to knock Michaels out with a tag-team belt while the ref wasn't watching, causing Cena's team to lose. Afterwards, the Squad attacked Michaels, with Triple H surprisingly coming down to the ring, possibly to make the save. However, Cena himself got in and cleared out the Squad... only to turn into a Pedigree from the Game!
A week later, Cena and Triple H were set to go at it in the 1st match of the evening, with the WWE Title on the line. However, Mr. McMahon again appeared, this time changing the match to Cena & the IC Champ, Rob Van Dam, wrestling in a "Handicap Texas Tornado Titles" Match against Triple H, Benjamin, & Masters! With both the WWE and IC Titles on the line, Cena & Van Dam fought hard to keep the heels at bay. At one point during the match, though, Benjamin took out Cena on the outside, hitting him with a kick that sent him into the crowd. The 3 heels then triple-teamed RVD. However, the heels fought over who would get the win, allowing Van Dam to come back and nearly get the Five Star Frog Splash on Masters, only to have Triple H throw him from the top all the way to the guardrail outside. Near the end, Cena made his comeback and got Benjamin in the STFU, but Masters made the save. Van Dam then tried to steal the win, getting the Five Star on Benjamin, but he then got caught by Triple H's Pedigree! Likewise, Cena was distracted by giving Masters the FU, allowing Triple H to get in another Pedigree. But before Triple H could pin the Heavyweight Champ, a hurting Benjamin rolled over and pinned the unconscious RVD, winning the IC Title for the third time (while keeping Cena from losing his belt).
On the next Raw, Cena took on Chris Masters in a singles match, with Cena managing to fend off the Masterlock and later force Masters to tap out to the STFU, continuing to get the wins. Afterwards, however, Van Dam came out, carrying the briefcase holding the Money In The Bank contract! Cena prepared for another match, but Van Dam said he wasn't going to waste the contract in a place where he could get screwed out of the title. Instead, Van Dam wanted Cena at the upcoming ECW pay-per-view! Cena and Van Dam then went face-to-face, eventually going to blows. Cena was in control early on, taking Van Dam down. But when Cena was distracted by having to throw Masters back out of the ring, Van Dam took advantage, nailing Cena with a Van Daminator through the briefcase! Van Dam then walked away, as the champ was laid out.
Cena wrestled again the next week, facing a surprise opponent in Johnny Nitro (who had come over from Smackdown with Melina). Van Dam was at the announce table to watch as Cena, after a short flurry from Nitro, came back to get the FU and the STFU for the tap-out victory. Afterwards, Cena and Van Dam had another staredown, with Nitro trying to get in a shot from behind. But Cena dodged the attack, sending Nitro into Van Dam instead! Cena then headed out, having gotten a measure of revenge without even getting his hands dirty. On the next Raw, Cena and Van Dam had the contract signing, with RVD reminding Cena about the hostile environment he would be wrestling in at the ECW Arena. Cena responded by saying that he had been booed before, and that he would not let the WWE Title, which had been held by men like Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, & Steve Austin, to be sent to ECW. After the signing, Paul Heyman had a surprise for Cena, bringing out several ECW wrestlers. Cena, surrounded, opted to go out swinging, throwing the first punch against the wrestlers. The numbers soon got to him, though, with Sabu putting him through a table with a chair leg drop, before WWE wrestlers made the save.
Cena wrestled in a "Non-Title" Match against Sabu at the WWE vs. ECW Special. As could be expected, hardcore impliments became part of the match, with Sabu taking his usual high-risks. Near the end, though, Cena came back, catching Sabu in mid-air and delivering the FU, then putting the ECW wrestler in the STFU, trying to force a submission. This brought out the Big Show (who had defected to ECW earlier in the show), who went after Cena, causing the DQ. This led to a wild WWE vs. ECW brawl, ending the night in complete chaos.
Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (82 - 59, 1 Draw, 1 DCO, 1 NC)
- OVW Last Dance (June 27, '01) = The Prototype & Mr. Black fell to Mark Henry & the Big Show.
- HWA Cincinnati Show (July '01) = The Prototype & Johnny Thunder were beaten by Bo Lewis & Suicido.
- OVW Tag-Team Title Tournament (July/August '01) = The Prototype & Rico Constantino defeated Ron Waterman & Brian Keck, Rob Conway & the Damaja, and the Disciples of Synn to win the tournament.
- HWA Batavia Show (August 4, '01) = The Prototype, Dean & Chet Jablonski fell to Nigel McGuiness, Timebomb & the Ice Cream Man.
- OVW 4th Annual Brian Pillman Memorial Show (August 9, '01) = The Prototype lost to Randy Orton.
- OVW Muncie Show (January 24, '02) = The Prototype & Sean O'Haire were beaten by the Lords of the Ring.
- OVW Indianapolis Show (March 2, '02) = The Prototype lost, via DQ, to Leviathan.
- OVW Spring Break-Out (April 5, '02) = The Prototype & Sean O'Haire fell to Ric & David Flair.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Series (May 31, '02) = The Prototype lost to the OVW Heavyweight Champion, Nova. Mick Foley was the special referee.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Series (June 14, '02) = The Prototype & Sean O'Haire fell to Jerry Lawler & Nova.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Series (July 12, '02) = John Cena beat Kanyon.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Series (July 19, '02) = Cena lost to the OVW Heavyweight Champ, Nova.
- WWE Vengeance '02 (July 21) = John Cena defeated Chris Jericho.
- OVW Fall Brawl (September 4, '02) = "The Prototype" John Cena was beaten by the OVW Champ, Nova.
- WWE Smackdown Tag-Team Title Tournament (October '02) = Cena & Billy Kidman lost in the first round to the eventual winners, Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit.
- WWE Rebellion '02 (October 26) = Cena & Dawn Marie fell to Billy Kidman & Torrie Wilson.
- WWE Royal Rumble '03 (January 19) = Cena competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Brock Lesnar.
- WWE Backlash '03 (April 27) = Cena fell to the WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Champ, Brock Lesnar.
- WWE Judgment Day '03 (May 18) = Cena & the F.B.I. (Palumbo & Stamboli) defeated Chris Benoit, Brian "Spanky" Kendrick, & Rhyno.
- WWE United States Heavyweight Title Tournament (June/July '03) = Cena lost in the first round to Billy Gunn. Eddie Guerrero won the tournament.
- WWE Vengeance '03 (July 27) = Cena fell to the Undertaker.
- WWE No Mercy '03 (October 19) = Cena was beaten by Kurt Angle.
- WWE Survivor Series '03 (November 16) = Cena, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Hardcore Holly & Bradshaw competed in an "Elimination" Match against Brock Lesnar, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones, A-Train & the Big Show. Cena & Benoit were the 'survivors'.
- WWE Royal Rumble '04 (January 25) = Cena competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Chris Benoit.
- WWE No Way Out '04 (February 15) = Cena lost a "#1 Contenders Triple Threat" Match to Kurt Angle. The Big Show was the other participant.
- OVW March Mayhem (March 6, '04) = Cena defeated Hardcore Holly.
- WWE Wrestlemania XX (March 14, '04) = Cena won the United States Championship from the Big Show.
- WWE Judgment Day '04 (May 16) = Cena stayed the US Champ, pinning Rene Dupree.
- WWE Great American Bash '04 (June 27) = Cena retained the United States Heavyweight Title, winning an "Elimination" Match over Rob Van Dam, Rene Dupree, & Booker T.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Series (July 23, '04) = Cena won a "Non-Title" Match over the OVW Heavyweight Champ, Matt Morgan.
- WWE Summerslam '04 (August 15) = Cena won over the US Heavyweight Champion, Booker T, in the first match of their "Best of 5" Series.
- WWE No Mercy '04 (October 3) = Cena defeated Booker T in the deciding match of their "Best of 5" Series, winning Cena the United States Heavyweight Title.
- WWE Survivor Series '04 (November 14, '04) = Cena, The Big Show, Eddie Guerrero, & Rob Van Dam fought in an "Elimination" Match against Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns, Mark Jindrak, & Carltio Caribbean Cool. Cena, the Big Show, & Guerrero 'survived'.
- WWE Armageddon '04 (December 12, '04) = Cena retained the United States Heavyweight Title, winning a "Street Fight" over Jesus Aguilera.
- WWE Royal Rumble '05 (January 30) = Cena competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Batista.
- WWE Smackdown Title Contenders Tournament (February '05) = Cena beat Orlando Jordan and Booker T to reach the finals.
- WWE No Way Out '05 (February 20) = Cena defeated Kurt Angle in the finals of the Smackdown #1 Contenders Tournament.
- WWE Wrestlemania 21 (April 3, '05) = Cena won the WWE Smackdown World Title from John Bradshaw Layfield.
- WWE Judgment Day '05 (May 22, '05) = Cena stayed the Smackdown World Champion, winning an "I Quit" Match over John Bradshaw Layfield.
- WWE Vengeance '05 (June 26) = Cena retained the WWE Championship, winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Chris Jericho and Christian.
- WWE Summerslam '05 (August 21, '05) = Cena stayed the Raw WWE Champion, defeating Chris Jericho.
- WWE Unforgiven '05 (September 18) = Cena kept the Raw WWE Title, but lost, via DQ, to Kurt Angle.
- WWE Taboo Tuesday '05 (November 1) = Cena retained the Raw WWE Heavyweight Title, winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels.
- WWE Survivor Series '05 (November 27) = Cena defended the Raw WWE Title, defeating Kurt Angle. Daivari was the special referee.
- WWE New Year's Revolution '06 (January 8) = Cena stayed the Raw Heavyweight Champion, winning an "Elimination Chamber" Match over Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, Chris Masters, Carlito, and Kane. Later, Cena lost the Raw Heavyweight Title to Edge.
- WWE Royal Rumble '06 (January 29) = Cena regained the Raw Heavyweight Title, defeating Edge.
- WWE Saturday Night's Main Event #32 (March 18, '06) = Cena & Triple H won a "Handicap" Match over Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, & Randy Orton.
- WWE Wrestlemania 22 (April 2, '06) = Cena stayed the Raw Heavyweight Champion, beating Triple H.
- WWE Backlash '06 (April 30) = Cena retained the WWE Championship, winning a "Triangle" Match over Triple H and Edge.
- OVW Six Flags Summer Sizzler Series '06 (June 2) = Cena defeated Aaron Stevens.
- WWE vs. ECW (June 7, '06) = Cena, as the WWE Champion, won a "Non-Title" Match, via DQ, over Sabu.
- ECW One Night Stand II (June 11th, '06) = Cena lost the WWE Championship to Rob Van Dam.
- WWE Vengeance '06 (June 25) = Cena won an "Extreme Lumberjack" Match over Sabu.
- OVW Six Flags Summer Sizzler Series '06 (June 30) = Cena took down Aaron Stevens.
- WWE Saturday Night's Main Event #33 (July 15, '06) = Cena won, via DQ, over the Raw Heavyweight Champion, Edge.
- WWE Summerslam '06 (August 20) = Cena lost to the Raw Heavyweight Champ, Edge. The belt would have changed hands on a disqualification.
- WWE Unforgiven '06 (September 17) = Cena won the Raw Heavyweight Title, winning a "TLC" Match over Edge. If Cena had lost, he would have had to go to Smackdown.
- WWE Raw Family Reunion (October 9, '06) = Cena, as the WWE Raw Heavyweight Champion, fought to a No-Contest with the Undertaker.
- WWE Cyber Sunday '06 (November 5) = Cena, as the WWE Raw Heavyweight Champ, lost the "Champions of Champions" Match to WWE Smackdown Champion King Booker. ECW World Champion the Big Show was the other participant. Only King Booker's title was on the line (per the votes of the fans).
- WWE Survivor Series '06 (November 26) = Cena, Kane, Bobby Lashley, Sabu, & Rob Van Dam competed in an "Elimination" Match against the Big Show, Finlay, MVP, Test, & Umaga. Cena & Lashley were the sole 'survivors'.
- WWE Armageddon '06 (December 17) = Cena, as the WWE Champ, & WWE World Champion Batista defeated King Booker & Finlay. Neither title was on the line.
- WWE New Year's Revolution '07 (January 7) = Cena retained the WWE Raw Heavyweight Title, beating Umaga.
- WWE Royal Rumble '07 (January 28) = Cena stayed the WWE Raw Heavyweight Champion, winning a "Last Man Standing" Match over Umaga.
- WWE No Way Out '07 (February 18) = Cena & Shawn Michaels defeated Batista & the Undertaker.
- WWE Wrestlemania 23 (April 1, '07) = Cena retained the WWE Raw Heavyweight Title, beating Shawn Michaels.
- WWE Backlash '07 (April 29) = Cena stayed the WWE Raw Heavyweight Champion, winning a "Fatal Fourway" Match over Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, and Edge.
- WWE Judgment Day '07 (May 20) = Cena kept the WWE Championship, forcing the Great Khali to submit.
- WWE Saturday Night's Main Event #34 (June 2, '07) = Cena, as the WWE Champion, lost a "Non-Title" Match to the Great Khali.
- WWE One Night Stand '07 (June 3) = Cena retained the WWE Championship, winning a "Street Fight" Match over the Great Khali.
- WWE Vengeance '07 (June 24) = Cena kept the WWE Title, winning a "Five-Way" Match over Mick Foley, King Booker, Bobby Lashley, and Randy Orton.
- WWE Great American Bash '07 (July 22) = Cena stayed the WWE Champion, beating Bobby Lashley.
- OVW Summer Sizzler Series '07 (July 27) = Cena defeated Shawn Spears.
- WWE Saturday Night's Main Event #35 (August 18, '07) = Cena retained the WWE Championship, forcing Carlito to submit.
- WWE Summerslam '07 (August 26) = Cena again kept the WWE Title, taking down Randy Orton.
- WWE Unforgiven '07 (September 16) = Cena, as the WWE Champion, lost, via DQ, to Randy Orton.
- WWE Royal Rumble '08 (January 27) = Cena won the Royal Rumble Match.
- WWE No Way Out '08 (February 17) = Cena won, via DQ, over the WWE Champion, Randy Orton.
- WWE Wrestlemania 24 (March 30, '08) = Cena lost a "Triple Threat" Match to the WWE Champion, Randy Orton. Triple H was the other participant.
- WWE Backlash '08 (April 27) = Cena lost a "Four Way Elimination" Match to Triple H, who won the WWE Title. Randy Orton and JBL were the other participants.
- WWE Judgment Day '08 (May 18) = Cena defeated JBL.
- WWE One Night Stand '08 (June 1) = Cena won a "First Blood" Match over JBL.
- WWE Night of Champions '08 (June 29) = Cena lost to the WWE Champion, Triple H.
- OVW Summer Sizzler Series '08 (July 18) = Cena defeated Lance Cade.
- WWE Great American Bash '08 (July 20) = Cena lost a "NYC Parking Lot Brawl" Match to JBL.
- WWE Saturday Night's Main Event #36 (August 2, '08) = Cena, Batista, & Cryme Tyme fell to John Bradshaw Layfield, Kane, & Simply Priceless.
- WWE Summerslam '08 (August 17) = Cena was beaten by Batista.
- WWE Survivor Series '08 (November 23) = Cena won the World Heavyweight Title, beating Chris Jericho.
- WWE Armageddon '08 (December 14) = Cena retained the World Title, forcing Chris Jericho to submit.
- WWE Royal Rumble '09 (January 25) = Cena stayed the World Heavyweight Champion, beating John Bradshaw Layfield.
- WWE No Way Out '09 (February 15) = Cena lost the World Title, losing an "Elimination Chamber" Match to Edge. Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox, and Rey Mysterio were the other participants.
- WWE Wrestlemania XXV (April 5, '09) = Cena won the World Title, winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Edge and the Big Show.
- WWE Backlash '09 (April 26) = Cena lost the World Title, losing a "Last Man Standing" Match to Edge.
- WWE Judgment Day '09 (May 17) = Cena defeated The Big Show.
- WWE Extreme Rules '09 (June 7) = Cena took down The Big Show.
- WWE The Bash '09 (June 28) = Cena beat The Miz.
- WWE Night of Champions '09 (July 26) = Cena lost a "Triple Threat" Match to the WWE Champion, Randy Orton. Triple H was the other participant.
- WWE Summerslam '09 (August 23) = Cena lost to the WWE Champion, Randy Orton.
- WWE Breaking Point '09 (September 13) = Cena won the WWE Title, winning an "I Quit" Match over Randy Orton.
- WWE Hell In A Cell '09 (October 4) = Cena lost the WWE Title, losing a "Hell In A Cell" Match to Randy Orton.
- WWE Bragging Rights '09 (October 25) = Cena won the WWE Title, winning a "No Disqualification Falls Count Anywhere Iron Man" Match over Randy Orton.
- WWE Survivor Series '09 (November 22) = Cena retained the WWE Title, winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
- WWE TLC '09 (December 13) = Cena lost the WWE Title, losing a "Tables" Match to Sheamus.
- WWE Royal Rumble '10 (January 31) = Cena competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Edge.
- WWE Elimination Chamber '10 (February 21) = Cena won the WWE Title, winning an "Elimination Chamber" Match over Ted DiBiase, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Triple H. Later on, Cena lost the WWE Title to Batista.
- WWE Wrestlemania XXVI (March 28, '10) = Cena won the WWE Title, beating Batista.
- WWE Extreme Rules '10 (April 25) = Cena retained the WWE Title, winning a "Last Man Standing" Match over Batista.
- WWE Over The Limit '10 (May 23) = Cena stayed the WWE Champion, winning an "I Quit" Match over Batista.
- WWE Fatal Four Way '10 (June 20) = Cena lost the WWE Title, losing a "Fatal Fourway" Match to Sheamus. Randy Orton and Edge were the other participants.
- WWE Money In The Bank '10 (July 18) = Cena lost a "Steel Cage" Match to the WWE Champion, Sheamus.
- WWE Summerslam '10 (August 15) = Team WWE (Cena, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, & R-Truth) won an "Elimination" Match over the Nexus (Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Heath Slater, Michael Tarver, & Darren Young).
- WWE Night of Champions '10 (September 18) = Cena lost an "Elimination" Match to Randy Orton, who won the WWE Title. Wade Barrett, Edge, Chris Jericho, and Sheamus were the other participants.
- WWE Hell In A Cell '10 (October 3) = Cena was beaten by Wade Barrett. Due to losing, Cena had to join the Nexus (if Barrett had lost, the Nexus would have been disbanded).
- WWE Bragging Rights '10 (October 24) = The Nexus (Cena & David Otunga) won the WWE Tag-Team Titles, beating Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes.
- WWE Survivor Series '10 (November 21) = Cena was the special referee for the Randy Orton/Wade Barrett WWE Title Match. Due to Orton winning, Cena was fired from WWE.
- WWE Tables, Ladders, & Chairs '10 (December 19) = Cena won a "Chairs" Match over Wade Barrett.
- WWE Royal Rumble '11 (January 30) = Cena competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Alberto Del Rio.
- WWE Elimination Chamber '11 (February 20) = Cena won an "Elimination Chamber" Match over John Morrison, Randy Orton, CM Punk, R-Truth, and Sheamus.
- WWE WrestleMania XXVII (April 3, '11) = Cena lost to the WWE Champion, The Miz.
- WWE Extreme Rules '11 (May 1) = Cena won the WWE Championship, winning a "Three-Way Steel Cage" Match over John Morrison and The Miz.
- WWE Over The Limit '11 (May 22) = Cena retained the WWE Title, winning an "I Quit" Match over The Miz.
- WWE Capital Punishment '11 (June 19) = Cena stayed the WWE Champion, beating R-Truth.
- WWE Money In The Bank '11 (July 17) = Cena lost the WWE Title to CM Punk. Punk was leaving WWE after the match, and took the title with him.
- WWE Summerslam '11 (August 14) = Cena lost his share of the WWE Title, falling to CM Punk, who became the undisputed WWE Champion. Triple H was the special referee.
- WWE Night of Champions '11 (September 18) = Cena won the WWE Title, taking down Alberto Del Rio.
- WWE Hell In A Cell '11 (October 2) = Cena lost the WWE Title, losing a "Three Way Hell In A Cell" Match to Alberto Del Rio. CM Punk was the other participant.
- WWE Vengeance '11 (October 23) = Cena lost a "Last Man Standing" Match to the WWE Champion, Alberto Del Rio.
- WWE Survivor Series '11 (November 13) = Cena & The Rock defeated Awesome Truth.
- WWE Royal Rumble '12 (January 29) = Cena fought to a Double Countout with Kane.
- WWE Elimination Chamber '12 (February 19) = Cena won an "Ambulance" Match over Kane.
- WWE WrestleMania XXVIII (April 1, '12) = Cena was beaten by The Rock.
- WWE Extreme Rules '12 (April 29) = Cena won an "Extreme Rules" Match over Brock Lesnar.
- WWE Over The Limit '12 (May 21) = Cena was pinned by John Laurinaitis.
- WWE No Way Out '12 (June 17) = Cena won a "Steel Cage" Match over The Big Show. Due to the win, John Laurinaitis was fired by Vince McMahon.
- WWE Money In The Bank '12 (July 15) = Cena won a "Money In The Bank Ladder" Match over The Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kane, and The Miz.
- WWE Summerslam '12 (August 19) = Cena lost a "Triple Threat" Match to the WWE Champion, CM Punk. The Big Show was the other participant.
- WWE Night of Champions '12 (September 16) = Cena fought to a Draw with the WWE Champion, CM Punk.
- WWE Survivor Series '12 (November 18) = Cena lost a "Triple Threat" Match to the WWE Champion, CM Punk. Ryback was the other participant.
- WWE TLC '12 (December 16) = Cena lost a "Ladder" Match to Dolph Ziggler.
- WWE Royal Rumble '13 (January 27) = Cena won the Royal Rumble Match.
- WWE Elimination Chamber '13 (February 17) = Cena, Ryback, & Sheamus fell to The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins).
- WWE WrestleMania 29 (April 7) = Cena won the WWE Title, beating The Rock.
- UPW Heavyweight Champion (4/27/2000 - 5/24/2000)
- OVW Southern Tag-Team Champion w/ Rico Constantino (8/15/2001 - 10/30/2001)
- OVW Heavyweight Champion (2/20/2002 - 5/15/2002)
- WWE United States Heavyweight Champion (3/14/2004 - 7/06/2004)
- WWE United States Heavyweight Champion(2) (10/03/2004 - 10/05/2004)
- WWE United States Heavyweight Champion(3) (11/16/2004 - 3/01/2005)
- WWE Champion (4/03/2005 - 1/08/2006)
- WWE Champion(2) (1/29/2006 - 6/11/2006)
- WWE Champion(3) (9/17/2006 - 10/02/2007)
- (WWE) World Tag-Team Champion w/ Shawn Michaels (1/29/2007 - 4/02/2007)
- (WWE) World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Batista (8/04/2008 - 8/11/2008)
- (WWE) World Heavyweight Champion (11/23/2008 - 2/15/2009)
- (WWE) World Heavyweight Champion(2) (4/05/2009 - 4/26/2009)
- WWE Champion(4) (9/13/2009 - 10/04/2009)
- WWE Champion(5) (10/25/2009 - 12/13/2009)
- WWE Champion(6) (2/21/2010)
- WWE Champion(7) (3/28/2010 - 6/20/2010)
- WWE Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ David Otunga (10/24/2010 - 10/25/2010)
- WWE Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ The Miz (2/21/2011)
- WWE Champion(8) (5/01/2011 - 7/17/2011)
- WWE Champion(9) (7/25/2011 - 8/14/2011)
- WWE Champion(10) (9/18/2011 - 10/02/2011)
- WWE Champion(11) (4/07/2013 - Current)
PWI Achievement Awards: (11 wins, 6 1st RUs, 6 2nd RUs, 5 3rd RUs)
- 2001 Rookie of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up
- 2003 Most Improved Wrestler
- 2004 Most Popular Wrestler
- 2005 Wrestler of the Year, 1st Runner-Up
- 2005 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Cena vs. John Bradshaw Layfield)
- 2005 Most Popular Wrestler
- 2006 Wrestler of the Year
- 2006 Feud of the Year (Cena vs. Edge)
- 2006 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 2007 Wrestler of the Year
- 2007 Match of the Year (Cena vs. Shawn Michaels)
- 2007 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Cena vs. Shawn Michaels)
- 2007 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Cena vs. Shawn Michaels)
- 2007 Feud of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Cena vs. Randy Orton)
- 2007 Most Popular Wrestler
- 2007 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2008 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 2008 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2009 Wrestler of the Year, 1st Runner-Up
- 2009 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H)
- 2009 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 2010 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2010 Feud of the Year (Nexus vs. WWE)
- 2010 Feud of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Cena vs. Batista)
- 2010 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 2010 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2011 Wrestler of the Year, 1st Runner-Up
- 2011 Match of the Year (Cena vs. CM Punk)
- 2011 Feud of the Year (Cena vs. CM Punk)
- 2011 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up