Wednesday, February 28

First 10 WWE Wrestlers To Defeat John Cena (In Chronological Order)

John Cena is among the most iconic and recognized WWE wrestlers ever. Debuting in 2002, Cena soon showcased his talent, and received a push to the main event scene, where he gained immense popularity, and stayed at the top for a long time.


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Cena’s career wasn’t all smooth though, as he would often receive a mixed reception from the crowd. After one point in his career, Cena wouldn’t lose much, and defeating him felt like a privilege. Let’s go back to the start of his WWE career, and take a look at the first 10 wrestlers who beat Cena.


10 Kurt Angle On SmackDown In 2002

It Was John Cena’s WWE Debut Match

John Cena Debut

  • Date: 06/27/2002
  • Match Length: 5:38
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

Kurt Angle and John Cena had a very memorable rivalry during the Ruthless Aggression Era, including some awesome matches. The rivalry between the two started with Cena’s debut match itself. Angle laid down an open challenge on SmackDown, which was answered by the debuting youngster John Cena.

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When Angle asked Cena one quality he possessed, Cena famously said ”Ruthless Aggression” and slapped Angle. Cena was fired up and gave a tough fight to Angle. However, Angle would outsmart Cena in the end, and won the match via a rollup. Even though Cena lost, it was a great debut match, and he got everyone’s attention.

9 Chris Jericho On SmackDown In 2002

This Was Jericho’s Only Win Against Cena In Singles Competition

John Cena vs. Chris Jericho - WWE SmackDown 07/04/2002

  • Date: 07/04/2002
  • Match Length: 5:07
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

Chris Jericho and John Cena faced plenty of times during their time in WWE, with their first match being on the July 4th edition of SmackDown in 2002. This match was set up after Cena slapped Jericho backstage.

Cena had made an impressive debut against Kurt Angle the previous week, and had a pretty good outing against Y2J as well. However, the veteran Jericho would pick up the win by putting his feet on the ropes. Interestingly, Jericho would never defeat Cena in a one-on-one match again.

8 Reverend D-Von On SmackDown In 2002

It Was A Rematch From Velocity

John Cena vs. Reverend D-Von - WWE SmackDown 08/29/2002

  • Date: 08/29/2002
  • Match Length: 4:45
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

John Cena had defeated Reverend D-Von on Velocity two weeks earlier, and this was a rematch from that contest. After making a mark on his debut, Cena got quite bland with time and was just having random matches on television.

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However, he probably should have won this match against D-Von. Nonetheless, the match lasted a little under five minutes, and surprisingly, D-Von won the match clean, after hitting Cena with a Reverse DDT.

7 Eddie Guerrero On SmackDown In 2002

It Was A Tag Team Match – Eddie & Chavo Guerrero Vs. Cena & Edge

Cena v Eddie Guerrero

  • Date: 09/12/2002
  • Match Length: 7:01
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

Just two weeks after his loss to D-Von, John Cena ate another pin, this time in a tag team match. It was quite clear that Cena’s character was going nowhere. He teamed up with Edge to take on the team of Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero.

The Guerreros attacked the duo of Cena & Edge before the match began to gain a cheap advantage. Cena was the only wrestler not established here, and thus took quite a lot of offense. In the end, Chavo hit a brainbuster on Cena, and Eddie hit the Frog Splash on him to secure the win.

6 Brock Lesnar On SmackDown In 2002

Lesnar Was The WWE Champion

Brock Lesnar Vs. John Cena - WWE SmackDown 09/19/2002

  • Date: 09/19/2002
  • Match Length: 5:52
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

John Cena and Brock Lesnar were great rivals, as they had some brutal matches against each other. Their first match against each other took place way back in 2002 on an episode of SmackDown. Although the two men had made their debuts in the same year, their positions in the company were completely different during this time.

Lesnar was having a dominating run, and was already the WWE Champion at the time. Thus, a newcomer like Cena stood no chance against The Beast. It was pretty much an extended squash, as Lesnar dominated Cena. Cena tried to come back in the end, but Lesnar hit the F5 on him for the win.

5 Billy Kidman On SmackDown In 2002

Billy Kidman Is An Unlikely Name To Beat Cena

John Cena teaming with Billy Kidman.

  • Date: 10/24/2002
  • Match Length: 2:45
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

Billy Kidman is perhaps the most unlikely name one would expect on the list of people who defeated John Cena. Before facing each other, they actually teamed up in the WWE Tag Team Championship tournament, but were eliminated in the first round itself.

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Cena defeated Kidman in a singles match first, and then they had a rematch a week later. The match wasn’t very long, as it lasted just 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Kidman hit the Hurricanrana on Cena, and pinned him with a handful of ropes. Post-match, Cena hit Kidman with a clothesline.

4 Rikishi On SmackDown In 2002

Rikishi Defeated Cena Twice

Cena vs Rikishi (Smackdown) - November 11, 2002

  • Date: 11/07/2002
  • Match Length: 4:12
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

By this point, Rikishi was quite an established wrestler in the company. However, the decision for him to beat John Cena was still very questionable. The two men faced each other on the November 7th episode of SmackDown in 2002.

The match was quite bland, and Rikishi pretty much squashed Cena. In the end, he hit the Spinebuster and the Banzai Drop on Cena to win the match in just 4 minutes. Rikishi would pick up another victory against Cena just 2 weeks later.

3 Rhyno On SmackDown In 2003

Rhyno Defeated Cena Pretty Quickly

John Cena vs Rhyno WWE SmackDown

  • Date: 05/08/2003
  • Match Length: 3:02
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

Rhyno and John Cena faced each other multiple times on SmackDown, with Cena winning all the matches, except for one. This one match which Rhyno won took place on the May 8th episode of SmackDown in 2003.

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Rhyno quickly attacked Cena and took control of the match. Although the match was just 3 minutes long, it featured quite a lot of action. In the end, a distraction by Spanky allowed Rhyno to roll Cena up to pick up the win.

2 Billy Gunn On SmackDown In 2003

It Was A United States Title Tournament Match

Billy Gunn King of the Ring Cropped

  • Date: 07/03/2003
  • Match Length: 5:53
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

The fact that Billy Gunn defeated John Cena is quite surprising. He achieved his feat on the July 3, 2003 episode of SmackDown. The two faced each other in the first round of the United States Championship tournament.

It was a decent match which lasted a little under 6 minutes. The match was quite competitive, with both men getting offense. In the end, The Undertaker made his entrance on a motorcycle, which distracted Cena, and allowed Gunn to roll Cena up for the win.

1 The Undertaker At Vengeance 2003

This Was A Rare PPV Match Between Cena & Undertaker

John Cena v The Undertaker Vengeance 2003 Cropped-1

  • Date: 07/27/2003
  • Match Length: 16:06
  • It Was A Pinfall Loss

John Cena and The Undertaker are two of the all-time greats of WWE. Thus, it is very surprising that the two never had a proper feud. They did have a few matches against each other here and there during the Ruthless Aggression Era, but they were mostly random matches on SmackDown.

They had a rare PPV match at Vengeance 2003, with a decent build-up to the encounter. It was a pretty good match, with a good story. Cena was a newbie here, thus ‘Taker dominated most of the match. ‘Taker started bleeding during the match, and Cena used many heel tactics to get the better of him. Cena tried using the turnbuckle on Undertaker, but ‘Taker hit him with the Last Ride to pick up the win.

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