BRRRRRRRRRRRRAPPLEDOUGH!John Felix Anthony Cena, born April 23, 1977, is a Professional Wrestler currently working for the WWE. John Cena is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, superstar in WWE, and is regarded as the 21st century equivalent of Hulk Hogan. With a career over a decade long, he has risen through the ranks of the company to become one of its biggest success stories and has main evented several WrestleManias.He is a twelve time WWE World Heavyweight Championnote Prior to TLC 2013 it was known as the WWE Championship before getting merged with the World Heavyweight Championship, three time World Heavyweight Champion, three time US Champion, two time WWE World Tag Team Championnote one time with Shawn Michaels and one time with Batista and two time WWE Tag Team Champion.note once with David Otunga, once with The Miz He is also a two time Royal Rumble winner, and one time Money in the Bank winner, in which he became known as the first person to unsuccessfully cash in.Before he was in the WWE, he wrestled in Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) with a gimmick called "The Prototype". He held the UPW Heavyweight Championship for a month. He was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he held the OVW Heavyweight Championship for three months.He made his official WWE debut on June 27, 2002 after accepting an open challenge from Kurt Angle. He soon transformed into the fan favorite, The Dr. of Thuganomics. He would go on to beat John Bradshaw Layfield at WrestleMania 21, where he would win his first WWE Championship and first world title overall.The following week, he would debut a new spinning WWE Championship belt, he got drafted to Raw two months later and has stayed there since.He is also known as one of the most polarizing Superstars in WWE, Ever since 2006, he has gotten mixed reactions, as many fans grew tired of his reign as WWE Champion and him always winning. But he has also gained a fan base of children and since then the WWE has started marketing John Cena merchandise to kids.Additionally, he has also dabbled in Rap music (including releasing a full album, You Can't See Me) and has starred in The Marine, 12 Rounds, Legendary, and The Reunion, films produced by WWE's film division. He also played Fred's imaginary dad in the three Fred movies.As usual, That Other Wiki has more details on his career.
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10-Minute Retirement: In the autumn of 2010. It lasted a little longer than ten minutes, and he was never really gone per se since he still lingered in the crowd and jumped members of Nexus backstage at random, but it still applied.
Anti-Hero: Even though he turned face in late-2003, he was still The Dr. of Thuganomics. So he still busted raps on people, hit people with his chain, but this time he did it to people who deserved it. Though he stopped hitting people with his chain and rapping in 2005, he still had some of his roots. But he turned full on face in 2008.
Even when they're both faces, it's clear Cena and Randy Orton can't stand each other. Which is Older than You Think, as they haven't liked each other since their days in OVW, dating back to when John Cena was still The Prototype. Watch here. Their animosity is so personal that even their feud officially ended in late 2009, they always seem to be on the verge of starting it up again no matter their alignments. This was especially evident in 2010 when they were stuck on a collision course due to Wade Barrett and The Nexus, and in 2013 prior to the unification match (four years after the infamous iron man match that ended their rivalry).
Then of course there's Brock Lesnar whom he had a feud with in 2003 and in 2012. His long-running blood feud with Edge began in 2006. And what began as a rivalry born out of respect with CM Punk got much nastier, especially since Punk is the one guy who's consistently gotten the better of Cena.
Then there is The Rock; with whom he had year long feud with after they decided they should wrestle at WrestleMania 28, though this had never been a very heated feud but was more about mutual respect and a "big match" feeling than a fiery rivalry...... at least that was the interpretation of WM 28 until the rematch came along.
For the first four years of his WWE career Cena had several on-and-off feuds with Kurt Angle, including his very first match. This only ended once Angle left WWE.
Homeboy once claimed Lita gave him gonorrhea by shaking his hand. And that was in 2005. Once the actual Cena-Edge feud got going in '06, he got even worse about this. The point he was trying to make was this: Lita is so disease-ridden that you can catch something just by being in the same room. He was deliberately trying to shame Lita.
Several years later, he'd accuse Eve of trying to give him an STD by attempting to hug and kiss him. Same motivation: deliberately trying to shame Eve. Although he may have been implying that she wanted things to go further and he didn't want any parts of that.
Badass: Lampshaded during the December 2, 2013 episode of RAW when tearing down Randy Orton.
Attempted to do this to The Rock at WrestleMania 28, by trying to use the People's Elbow to finish Rock off, only for it to backfire & cost Cena the match. Humorously, this was something Rock himself did somewhat frequently in his career.
Averted next at WrestleMania 29, Cena went for the The People's Elbow again against The Rock. When Rock popped up like he did last year, Cena grabbed the ropes to stop himself. This was either an I'm stupid, but not that stupid, moment from Cena, or Cena playing games with The Rock. And possibly us.
Also at WM 29 Cena used the Rock Bottom on The Rock.
Big Brother Mentor: Seems to be this to Zack Ryder. Much like Ryder, Cena started out as something of a comic relief heel - until he gained such a fan following that the WWE turned him face and put the WWE United States Heavyweight Championship on him. If one does a bit of research, one will also find out that WWE brass weren't particularly high on Cena up until the start of the 'Doctor of Thugenomics' gimmick, and if not for said gimmick, there was a chance Cena would have gotten fired as well.
Big Damn Heroes: Whenever someone is in trouble in the ring, Cena will be there charging into the ring and helping them out.
When asked why he thinks he can beat The Rock by Booker T, Cena gives the unusually short, terse answer "that he has to." Both the audience and The Rock call him on it, the latter wanting the REAL answer.
Bleached Underpants: His album, You Can't See Me, came in two versions, one with a warning sticker, the other without one.
Bluegrass: After he and Batista won the WWE World Tag Team Titles on the August 4, 2008 Raw, which was held in Knoxville, TN, and the show had gone off the air, Cena entertained the crowd with a rendition of "Rocky Top", which can be heard here.
During every entrance, Cena says something straight into the camera. Actually, he breaks the fourth wall fairly often. If somebody in a promo says something completely insane, expect him to turn to the hard camera and give it a "WTF?" expression. Or this exchange (paraphrased):
Cena: (regarding the 2012 Money In The Bank match, in which he had just announced his participation) ...I'm gonna win the whole fudgin' thing.
A lot of frustrations harbored by the audience toward John Cena come from his first response to almost every attempt by his feuding opponents to build up a serious or competitive mood being a smirk on his face, thereby ruining any momentum a given storyline has. As if the audience need to be reminded that professional wrestling is about drama and entertainment, much less that it's all a joke.
Bring It: His phrase "You Want Some, Come Get Some!"
Call Back: The 4/23/12 RAW with Edge returning to pretty much give Cena a verbalsmackdown for letting Brock Lesnar push him around. Edge made a thinly veiled suggestion that Cena goes back to his old self. At the contract signing for his match with Brock at the end of the show. Cena appeared to be wearing the same attire as he always did. Except that, instead of the 'dog tag' necklace, he was wearing a chain...
Canon Discontinuity: Even though he's occasionally (read: once or twice) dipped back into his Doctor of Thuganomics gimmick, WWE no longer says much, if anything, about his rap album - probably because it wasn't exactly family-friendly...
2012 was not a good year for Cena. He was terrorized by Kane for the first part of the year, being forced to helplessly watch his best bud Zack Ryder be made an example of, then he lost his WrestleMania match with The Rock due to him trying to beat Rocky at his own game when he could of won the match otherwise, then the next night on RAW, when calling out The Rock to congratulate him for his victory he was laid out by a returning Brock Lesnar.
And after his hellacious match with Lesnar, the next night he comes out with his arm in a cast, saying his arm was severely strained but not broken. Laurinitis comes out, saying he'll announce who Cena's opponent is at the next PPV. Cue Lord Tensai's music. When Tensai and his mook surround Cena, John Laurinaitis brains him from behind with the microphone. He announces that he'll be his opponent and then the three proceed to slaughter him, including wrapping his injured arm around a post and slamming it between a chair and the steps.
And then when he finally does get his hands on Laurinaitis, he loses that match because of The Big Show's betrayal, and gets knocked unconscious that night and the night after.
Then, when he finally finds some success with winning the Money in the Bank contract, he challenges CM Punk outright, as expected ... only to have Big Show attack him, thus be credited as the only MitB winner not to win the championship despite winning the match by DQ.
Has another incredible match with CM Punk, and finally manages to put him down with a top rope German Suplex. However, maybe due to having never done the move before, he doesn't do a complete bridge during pin, and thus is counted down as well, resulting in a draw and the championship remaining with Punk.
He's given another shot at a MitB briefcase in a ladder match vs. Dolph Ziggler... only to have AJ turn on him and cost him the match.
Extends to his personal life. Especially for a man known for his durability and recovery time, he's been injured frequently, including spraining his ankle so that it swelled to twice it size and an elbow injury that made him unable to compete at Hell in the Cell. Add to that a costly and drawn-out home renovation leading to some marital strife, and... Yeah, the guy's having a rough year.
He even admits that "2012 was not his year" in one of his last promos before the year ended. But he's promised to make 2013 his year, and so far, he's off to a good start, being the Royal Rumble Winner. But then he gets Triple-Powerbombed by The Shield the very next day... so maybe not.
But he did beat The Rock for the WWE Championship at WM 29 so this year has been good for him.... Right?
He beat Batista in a Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules 2010 with duct tape. He also beat Umaga at Royal Rumble 2007 with a broken ring rope.
An even cleverer finish would be back when he had first won the WWE Championship and was defending against JBL in a WrestleMania "I Quit" rematch: playing on JBL's obvious cowardice, he threatened to viciously maim him with a pipe in order to goad JBL into quitting. He did it anyways.
Hell, he had this in spades as the DoT. He won his first championship (the US title) against The Big Show this way. After dropping Show with an F-U (to which the crowdpromptly lost it) and having Show kick out, Cena went over to his corner and grabbed his trademark chain. The ref, naturally, tried to stop him, so Cena threw the chain to the other side of the ring (forcing the ref to turn his back)...then popped up with brass knuckles, punched Big Show in the face, and gave him a second F-U for the win.
His feud against Kane, where the Big Red Monster was determined to make the pure-hearted Cena "embrace the hate". After multiple attacks on Zack Ryder, including a chokeslam that ended up sending Ryder through the stage and to the hospital with a broken back, he seemed to had succeeded. Cena nearly gave Swagger a one man Con-chair-to with steel steps and the 1/30/12 beat down he gave to Kane is showing that there is something that's happening to him.
Note that during his beatdown of Kane that he seemed unnaturally happy, along with the somewhat random "We're gonna party up in here!" during it.
On the 2/13/12 RAW it seemed like he was just about to clock Ryder in the face after Ryder saw John accidentally kissing his girlfriend Eve due to John trying to save her from Kane.
Given that Cena decidedly beat Kane in an Ambulance Match at Elimination Chamber, perhaps he may have finally risen above the hatred.
Crowd Song: "Let's go, Cena. Cena Sucks" It's worked quite well when he was feuding with Kane. It was even nominated for a Slammy in 2013.
In Cena's eyes, CM Punk. Every encounter they've had, Punk had always come out on top. So for him to kick start his Road to WrestleMania, he accepted Punks challenge for his Main Event spot on an episode of Raw. What followed was an near 30 minute match where Cena kicked out of, among other things, a piledriver, a move banned in WWE, and then, finally defeated Punk.
Due to Cena's place within in the WWE, defeating him, can be seen as defeating the undefeatable.
As part of his gimmick, but also arguably just the man himself. When John Cena suffers a major injury, expect him to come back from it in half the amount of time it would take anyone else. This was played up in his comeback from a triceps tear. Originally he as going to be out for 4-6 months, but came back after 2 months. All throughout his match against Alberto Del Rio the commentators was discussing whether or not Cena was coming back too soon. It also led to widespread suspicion that the triceps tear is kayfabe.
This trope is how the booking justifies Cena being on the top of the food chain. He's admitted he isn't the best wrestler or the strongest (although, pound for pound, he's darn close to one of the strongest) but he never, ever quits while he's still conscious.
He's had several short reigns as a Tag champion, and most of them have been like this. His runs with The Miz and David Otunga played it pretty straight. (Neither reign lasted more than a day, and coincidentally, he lost both titles to the same team - also from The Nexus.)
Subverted with his team-up with Batista. The two obviously couldn't stand each other and their inability to work together cost them the titles a week after winning them. His reign with Shawn Michaels was a rocky one, and while it was the longest one he had as a tag champ, with 63 days, the two were set to compete for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Cena knew that Shawn had a tendency to kick the people he was teaming/allying with, in the face. They made it past WrestleMania, with Cena retaining his WWE Championship, then, well, kick to the face.
Also subverted with The Rock. They teamed against AwesomeTruth and won...but the match ended up becoming a junk-measuring contest between the two, and ended with Cena catching a Rock Bottom.
He was on the receiving end of Mick Foley's own Epic Fail: a "This Is Your Life" segment. "This Is Your Life" with the Rock is the highest rated segment in RAW history. "This Is Your Life" with John Cena is so painfully (yet hilariously) bad that if anything, it will make you pity him.
How he kept Barrett from winning the Championship. Barrett had told Cena, who was the guest-ref in the WWE Championship match against Randy Orton that if he were to lose, Cena would be fired. Barrett won... through Cena disqualifying Orton, which kept the gold in the Viper's hands.
On the 4/8/13 episode of Raw, Cena finally gave us a heel turn...by literally turning his right heel.
Although the usual comparison to Cena is Hulk Hogan, Cena is also very similar to early 90s Sting. Both have similar body types, hairstyles, and wrestling styles (a speedy yet still power-based moveset).
A "blue-chipper" face who turned heel, lashed out at fans and other wrestlers over a lack of respect, gains the respect of fans through his witty insults and competitive nature, becomes something of an Anti-Hero by directing his insults towards Heel wrestlers and authority figures, and eventually becomes a full-fledged Face and very integral part of the WWE, not to mention a movie star...Where have we seen this before?
He also somewhat resembles his trainer Tom Howard, sharing his military gimmick tones (marine in Cena and green beret in Howard), allrounder wrestling style, body type and athleticism.
This should be obvious, with his current Good Guy gimmick and whatnot.
Cena's a notable case in that he hasn't turned in almost a decade, practically unheard of these days. Only Rey Mysterio beats him out for the title of this generation's Ricky Steamboat (he's only ever been heel once in his entire career, and WWE ignores the fact that it ever happened since it was WCW), which is why he's called the "Modern Day Hulk Hogan", who has actually played a heel for noticeable amount of time.
Finishing Move: The Attitude Adjustment (formerly the "F-U", a shot at the "F-5" finishing maneuver of Brock Lesnar); the STF (formerly the "STF-U"). The Protobomb as The Prototype.
Five Moves of Doom: The God of this. Here's his current sequence: Shoulder tackle x 2, Blue Thunder Powerbombnote Formerly known as the Protobomb when it was used as a finisher, Five Knuckle Shuffle, Attitude Adjustment. Most of the time, the STF is added as a sixth move.
Cena occasionally shows more 'plot awareness' than many wrestlers. For example, he knew that "It's Umaga's night off" meant Umaga was planning some sort of ambush, and (when tagging up with Shawn Michaels), fully expected Michaels to turn on him because "That's what he does".
This comes again during Ryder's 2nd chance at getting a US Title match when he's in a hopeless bout against Mark Henry. It's made No-DQ and No Countout so Ryder can't garner a easy victory. However, it also means John has no qualms about coming to the ring, giving Mark an AA, and putting Ryder on top for the three count and the title shot.
He recently discussed the fact that he only has five moves (if tackles count) and that he can't learn anymore and that everyone knows that.
Might have had another moment like this on the 2/4/13 RAW, when he went after The Shield. After an entire show hyping up the fact that he was going to call them out, he waited for them to administer a beatdown to Brad Maddox (It Makes Sense in Context) before entering through the crowd, bringing backup in the form of Ryback and Sheamus, and surrounding the ring, coordinating the attack in the exact same fashion that Shield usually assaults their opponents.
On the June 3, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw, John Cena rushed to Daniel Bryan's aid after Bryan was put through a table by Ryback. Cena stood his ground inside the ring, clutching his WWE Championship belt as a weapon while Ryback stood on the apron, contemplating his next move. Curtis Axel's music played before Ryback had a chance to enter the ring, but Cena never took his eyes off Ryback. Most wrestlers in this scenario turn to face the stage in reaction to the music, thus allowing their foe (in this instance, Ryback) to attack from behind.
While they changed the names of his two finishers to be more family friendly his theatrical fistdrop, the Five Knuckle Shuffle, is still named after a euphemism for masturbation.
Which becomes a tad horrific when he starts selling Fruity Pebbles to children while shouting out the line FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE TO YOUR FACE!
Can often get crap past the radar in promos as well. The last time he cut a rapping promo (against The Rock) included (among the use of the word 'ass') the line "...Dwayne ain't got no Johnson." note For those of you who don't know, 'johnson' is one of many euphemisms for a penis. ...as well as a reference to fellatio. Yeah.
He called Dolph Ziggler "Mitch Cumsteen" once. That's not exactly PG.
Another time he tried to replace his nickname "Show"off with, Jerk. Dolph immediately stops him before he could complete it.
Calling Eve Torresnote Who did turn heel after admitting that she was "using" Zack Ryder and had similar plans for Cena... a "hoeski"? Yeah, not PG at all.
He would also allude to her having an STD. Definitely not PG.
March. 12. 2012. Holy crap. Cena in his old school gimmick and attire didn't even bother trying to sneak past the radar. He mowed the darn thing down with a tank, sitting on top with both fingers flying. Especially with a line referring to an insult The Rock called him earlier: "You call me a purple pinwheel, so why don't you go ahead and blow me?" *literally blows a pinwheel*
Graceful Loser: Cena congratulates Daniel Bryan for winning the WWE championship from him in Summerslam 2013...even if it was short lived by Randy Orton and Triple H.
Heel: He was heel as the Doctor Of Thugamomics for most of 2003 until he Turned Face and eventually became the Cena we know today.
Heel-Face Turn: Cena's first heel run as Dr. of Thuganomics saw him cutting raps on everyone and insulting them in a very humorous manner, which lead the fans to cheer for more and more, which lead to his Face turn, and eventually becoming the face of the company.
Heroic BSOD: He opens Raw on April 28th, 2014, questioning why why the WWE universe turned their back on him and had him fight all three of the Wyatts note It was user vote, and then stating that Bray isn't the man the audience thinks he is. Then the arena goes dark and the lights come back on to reveal of choir of children chanting Bray's signature "The Whole World in His hands" mantra, culminating in the entire arena joining in. By the end of the promo, Cena is very visibly shaken by the event.
How he didn't win against The Rock at WrestleMania 28 - Cena had Rock set-up for the 5-Knuckle Shuffle, but instead decided to beat him with the People's Elbow... only for Rock to get-up & hit Cena with a Rock Bottom as he comes off the ropes for the second time. Cena put emphasis on this on the last RAW before WrestleMania 29 as part of his promo about how as far as he (and by extension the WWE booking) is concerned, the Rock did NOT beat him in WM 28.
Also how he didn't win the WWE Championship at Night Of Champions 2012 - Cena hit Punk with a German Suplex but didn't lift his shoulders.
Honor Before Reason: Cena is often like this when it comes to the integrity of the WWE Championship. He refused to help Wade Barrett cheat to win said championship during the Nexus angle and prevented Vince McMahon from re-enacting the Montreal Screwjob in his Money in the Bank match against CM Punk, even though the former led to his being fired (for a while) and the latter almost did, as well as it leading to him losing the title.
Hot-Blooded: Some of Cena's (better) promos fall into this territory.
How Much More Can He Take: Ever since he turned face, any time Cena is in a gimmick match this will invariably happen to him.
During the Viewers' Choice Raw match with CM Punk (prior to The Nexus's debut riot), fans started up a "You can't wrestle!" chant. Cena promptly performed a slick series of chain wrestling reversals that silenced the audience. This also happened during the infamous One Night Stand match. The Mutants kept yelling "YOU CAN'T WRESTLE", before Cena performed a sequence of wrestling holds and submissions, at which point they started chanting "SAME OLD SHIT!"... until Cena jumped from the top rope to RVD outside the ring. The ECW Mutants shot back with "YOU STILL SUCK!".
Happened again to CM Punk when he aired a promo from the Rock making fun of Cena for his Broken Base, Punk himself doing the same thing. See Lampshade Hanging below and you can probably figure out how Cena responded.
This happened recently on the post-Survivor SeriesRaw when Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth) decided to mock Cena for having the Madison Square Garden fans all booing him the night before, and cheering The Rock. Of course, Cena turned the attempted insult right around into a brilliant "The Reason You Suck" Speech so magnificent that he broke up Awesome Truth without even laying a finger on Miz or Truth.
His feud with Randy Orton is easily the most personal feud in years, to the point that Cena's father got involved. Their last match for the feud, the infamous Bragging Rights sixty-minute iron man match, had Orton try to blow Cena up with pyrotechnics. And even after the feud has long since ended, it's obvious that the two still can't stand each other, even when they're both faces.
In his Miracle on 34th Street Fight match with Alberto Del Rio, who "accidentally" ran St. Nick over with his car when entering the stage.
Talking quietly to convey seriousness AND THEN YELLING LOUDLY TO CONVEY INTENSITY!!!
You know the scary part? Age has mellowed him. Watch him doing "Five Questions with The Champ/with John Cena," they give him five questions from fans, turn on a camera, and let it roll, and Cena usually like an over-caffeinated squirrel the entire time. Many of them are on Youtube, enjoy.
Least Of Many Evils: This was the reason he gave for not participating in the Raw walk out. Whereas many of the strikers were relatively new and had only known Raw with Triple H as GM, Cena as a long-runner had experienced the management styles of Vince McMahon, Eric Bischoff, Vickie Guerrero and "56 celebrity General Managers". In comparison to all of that, he decided Triple H wasn't so bad, despite his personal dislike for Trips.
This worked both for and against Cena at TLC 2013: Ain't no rule saying Randy Orton can't handcuff Cena to the ring ropes while Orton climbs the ladder to victory, and nothing stopped Cena from unscrewing the rope from the corner post in a last-ditch effort to stop him.
Arguably in Real Life, but definitely booked this way - sometimes to nonsensical levels. He's taken a DDT on concrete and gone on to recover minutes later and win the match, he was out for only a week (although clearly weakened) after Big Show chokeslammed him from the stage and into an industrial-sized searchlight, and JBL at one point ran his vehicle full-speed at Cena, whose back was literally against a wall. Oh yeah, and he got stabbed in a night club and recovered pretty quickly. With novisible scars.
Dented Iron: To put it simply, John Cena, circa 2012. He got his ass kicked by anything that's not nailed down, but it almost always required outside interference, and injury that occurred before the match, or (in case of WrestleMania 28) a lapse of judgment on his part for him to lose a match. Some wrestling fans have joked that this man can kick out of getting nuked.
Manchild: Cena has been criticized for cutting "Childish" promos in recent memory. But when Cena gets serious, prepare to be attackedwithwords.
Montreal Screwjob: Invoked and defied in his Money in the Bank 2011 match against CM Punk. Michael Cole mentioned that Bret Hart tried to leave the (then) WWF with the title, leading to the screwjob, then Vince McMahoncame in and tried to end the match without Punk tapping while Punk was in the STS. Cena stopped the hold and came out and told Vince that the match would end fair and square.
WWE portrays everything Cena does as just and everything that anybody who opposes him as unjust: a recent glaring example is his current feud with Ryback where he's vilified for attacking Cena from behind. A few years back when Cena did the exact same thing to The Rock it was perfectly A-OK. This does the absolute opposite of quelling his hatedom.
Played With on the April 22, 2013 edition of RAW. It looked like Cena was going to do the exact same thing Ryback did to him the week before (leave him to The Shield). Instead, he rushes the ring and saves Ryback from the Shield. He then gives Ryback an Attitude Adjustment himself.
Mr. Exposition: Often begins his promo with an infodump of the angle he's involved in, recounting everything that's happened recently.
Mr. Fanservice: He's a blue-eyed, square-jawed,well-built All-American Boy who has a hilarious sense of humor and likes working with Make-A-Wish kids. It's not just little kids that are cheering for Cena.
Nice Caps: Which he throws away at every televised event.
Nice Guy: If there was a list for "Nicest Men", he would be really high on that list.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He had a business dinner with AJ Lee, which, all in all, wouldn't really have been that much of a problem... except that he'd asked her out on a date before hand. On Raw. Vickie Guerrero took advantage of this, said AJ was fraternizing and subsequently, AJ lost her job as the GM.
Nice to the Waiter: Usually takes a moment to greet the cameraman when he enters the arena.
Cena's been involved in a few of these, including his Extreme Rules match with Rob Van Dam at ECW One Night Stand 2006 and his No-DQ Iron Man Match with Randy Orton at Bragging Rights in 2009.
Gives one to Kane in revenge for what Kane had done to Zack Ryder.
He got absolutely destroyed by Lesnar for most of their Extreme Rules match. Don't believe me? The ref had to to stop the match twice in 5 minutes because Lesnar busted him open the hard way, twice.invoked
Any match that's a gimmick match, be it a Last Man Standing Match or and Iron Man match, Cena will for the majority of it get his ass handed to him.
No Sell: Cena has been criticized for doing this quite a bit since his rise to the main event.
Not Wearing Tights: Really the only time Cena has worn tights in WWE was the first few months when he debuted in 2002.
Obvious Rule Patch: "Babyface must join the heel faction" angles usually have the rather glaring Plot Hole that the babyface doesn't really need to stay in the group and do as he's told. Raw's anonymous GM fixed that up by declaring that Cena would be fired unless he did as Wade Barrett commanded. (Cena still openly defied him anyway.)
For all the criticism he receives for being overtly pandering towards children, he is one of the biggest pottymouths on WWE television:
The 10/25/10 edition of RAW saw Cena slipping in a "damn" into his rant against Wade Barrett. In PG-WWE, where swear words are just not used, this was used to show that things have gotten serious, to great effect.
He said on the 1/10/11 edition that he would kick CM Punk's ass.
Hit Eve Torres with a pretty strong one on a recent RAW (It Makes Sense in Context). Comparing her to The Rock, Cena rounds off his promo with "You're perfect for each other! You're both scandalous bitches.'"
On the 6/10/13 edition of RAW, he hit Ryback with a strong one.
"I think this Sunday, for one of us, payback's a bitch."
Put on a Bus: Whenever an injury is severe enough to warrant surgery and time off. He's notorious for working through any injury he has and coming back sooner then expected. The only time he's been gone any length of time was when he tore his pec in 2007 and was expected to be out up till 8 months only to come back after nearly 4 months. The other times he's been gone is due to kayfabe injuries earlier in his career.
Real Men Wear Pink: At Night of Champions 2012, Cena started wearing a pink "Rise Above Cancer" shirt, armbands and cap as part of the 'E's partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He also invoked this on the 9/24/12 episode of RAW, right after kicking CM Punk's ass for dissing his hat and shirt.
Gives a pretty good one to Vince McMahon on the July 19th, 2011 episode of RAW, calling Vince out on the Montreal Screwjob and his attempt to do it again the previous night, chewing him out on what it'd done to Shawn Michaels career.
He topped that with an even better one at the end of the post-Survivor Series '11 Raw. How better? He dismantled Awesome Truth without even laying so much as a finger on either of the two.
Cena seems to be quite good at giving these, as he delivers a great one on CM Punk during the main event segment of the September 10th, 2012 episode of RAW, calling out the recently heel-turned Punk on his vicious quest for "respect" and telling the supposed Voice of the Voiceless that his campaign for change in WWE was nothing more but Punk being in the business for himself.
Gives an epic one to Randy Orton on the December 2, 2013 episode of RAW, ripping him for his defection from Evolution after winning the World Heavyweight Championship back in 2004 and essentially turning his back on his mentor at the time, WWE COO Triple H.
John Cena: The only dream you have ever turned into a nightmare is Triple H's, because ten years ago he chose you, to teach you how to be a success in the WWE. And what did you do about it? YOU NEVER LIVED UP TO YOUR POTENTIAL! EVER! No no no no no, I don't fault him; he chose you because he saw what we all saw: you are the most gifted WWE Superstar ever. You make every single thing in this ring look easy. But with that you got cocky, and you got a bad attitude to boot, and then you got lazy. You were the YOUNGEST WWE Champion in history! This man (Hunter) gave you Hall of Fame mentors to learn from, and what did you do? Kick back, relax, and let some scrappy kid in a t-shirt and a ball cap ruin his dream! I AM NOT YOU, Randy Orton! I am John Cena! I have never been asked to be called the face of ANYTHING! I'm just the first to show up, and the last to leave. And that's the way it is, Jack.
And reminds Orton and everyone else during the "Championship Ascension" ceremony on the December 9th episode of Raw, that even if he doesn't show "ruthless aggression" in the ring anymore, he sure as hell does on the mic:
John Cena: It's funny...I couldn't help but noticed you used the word "work." Little example for one second... (Pulls Daniel Bryan to the center of the ring to a massive home state pop) John Cena: Tell these people your name please. Daniel Bryan: My name is Daniel Bryan. John Cena: We'll get to know you a little more. Has your mother or father ever been a WWE Superstar or champion, at all? Daniel Bryan: No, my father is a long-scaler actually. John Cena: So...since you've been here, you've had to work for everything you've got? Daniel Bryan: YES. (Crowd goes into massive "YES" chant) John Cena: You hear that? The reason they cheer for him is because he works and he earns it. A guy like you has been given ''every! single! thing!'' in the WWE! I'm about to hit you in the face with some truth. Ever since you came to the WWE training center, you were untouchable, you were bullet-proof, you couldn't be fired. Nobody could touch Randy Orton because they liked you. And then you get to the WWE and what happens? You get sheltered behind the best performer in the business. Nothing's changed, Randy. All you do is hide behind Triple H. All you do is hide behind Stephanie McMahon. And you got the balls to stand in this ring and say you're better than anybody here?! You say you're bigger than all of this? You have always blamed everyone else for your failures, you've pointed fingers and you've made excuses. You've had behavior problems in the ring, you've had behavior problems outside the ring, and the sad thing is, the TLC match this Sunday is the biggest in WWE history. That is why everybody is here tonight, this changes the very course of the WWE. But you want these championships because you're selfish, because you feel you deserve it, and maybe, just maybe, if you hold onto this, you can finally walk around with the rest of the Superstars and say "Hey guys, look. I'm finally what I was supposed to be 10 years ago." Every...single...time I have held either of these championships, my business card has remained the same: "You want some, come get some." ... John Cena: And here's the real truth: Whether these guys in the ring like me or not, they respect me because they know it. Whether it's Triple H or it's Shawn Michaels in a WrestleMania match, whether it's Booker T...hell, nobody wanted to give Dolph Ziggler a chance, what did I do? I said "Let's fight." Everybody said it was a bad idea to give CM Punk a championship match when he was going to leave the WWE! All I saw was "The Best in the World." Hell, the only legitimate championship shot that Daniel Bryan's ever had was against me and he won. (To Daniel Bryan) So I'll say it right here in front of your home town, if I win this Sunday, I look forward to the rematch. A fair rematch. John Cena: See, that's what being a champion is all about, a certain level of respect, and last week I wasn't going to take you out, I just wanted to make a statement. That when the chips are down, I can be just as brutal as you. So right now, I'm going to make one more statement because I know what this means to me...(Holds out his hand for a handshake of respect) John Cena: This Sunday will be physical and it will be brutal and I will be at my very best. I just hope you are too, because after this Sunday, the last thing anyone is going to want to deal with is just another Randy Orton excuse. Good luck on Sunday, you're gonna need it.
He gives a rather epic one to Stephanie McMahon on June 6, 2014 over how she and The Authority had treated Daniel Bryan, telling her that every time he comes close to becoming a champion, she screws him over.
Red Baron: The "Doctor of Thuganomics" in his original gimmick. Doesn't usually use a Red Baron on TV nowadays, although vignettes and extra media will occasionally stick a "The Incomparable" before his name or refer to him as "The Franchise."
He and Randy Orton have had a very long rivalry dating back to 2007 when Orton Punt Kicked Cena's dad to get a title shot. They have been feuding sense then and the rivalry officially ended in late-2009 when Cena beat Orton in a 60-Minute Iron Man match, but they could start feuding again at any moment.
After being 'fired' from The Nexus, Cena's backstage sneak attacks on Nexus members.
He went on another against Kane for what Kane had done to Zack Ryder.
Rogues Gallery: He has managed attract a lot of foes over the years: Edge, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, The Nexus, Brock Lesnar, JBL, The Big Show, The Miz, Batista, Kane, CM Punk, The Rock, Dolph Ziggler (AJ Lee may or may not qualify).
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: While it was an honorable notion to welcome "Naitch" back with his "Superstar of the Year" Slammy, you can't help but feel like the NUCLEAR heat he was getting from the Philly crowd was the real reason Cena booked it and handed things off to Ric.
Randy Orton: C'mon, John, c'mon John, we have history, remember? I kicked your father in the head a few years ago. And since then, I've been making a hell of a career for myself, destroying the hopes and dreams of others and turning them into nightmares, which is exactly what I'm going to do to you at TLC. There's a reason they call me the Apex Predator, and despite all your accomplishments, all your achievements...the only reason you were put on God's green Earth is to lose the biggest match of your—
Smug Super: Whenever Cena has to deal with his detractors, he will do it with the smuggest, shit-eating grin possible and rub it in everyone's face. His feuds with the Rock and CM Punk have made for a lot of examples, not only from said grin, but from a frustratingly excessive amount of the things he's said to them in promos.
From 2005-2011, Cena competed in one of the World Championship matches in every WrestleMania and only lost twice.
Since 2006 his title matches at WrestleMania were always at the main event or higher in the card despite his challenger or he himself didn't won the Royal Rumble. Subverted in 2008, ironically, when he won the Rumble, but his title match wasn't in the mainevent. And in 2009, where the actual Rumblewinner challenged the champion in that year's WM main event.
Static Character: His "The Champ" persona is this. Notable because he actively wears the fact he is a static character and refuses to change whatsoever no matter what happens in any story or he's placed against.
Stop Being Stereotypical: There's a small but growing number of Smarks that are honestly getting tired of the endless Cena bashing. It's not that they like him, it's just that after five years, it's obvious that WWE aren't going to change anything and have basically come to accept that Cena's just something they have to deal with. Now they just feel like it would be a much better use of time and effort to critique the other aspects of WWE that piss them off.
Take That: Kayfabe example. During his feud with Brock Lesnar in early 2003, he named his finishing move "The F-U" as a dig at Lesnar, whose finishing move was "The F-5." He has since renamed the move "Attitude Adjustment", falling more in line with the PG direction the WWE was heading towards, and possibly as a dig at the fans who fondly recall the Attitude Era and harbor resentment towards Cena for representing the company's shift away from it,
There was a group of Anti-Cena fans sitting in the front row at WrestleMania XXVI. After winning the match, Cena responded by posing in front of them.
He does this every now and then.
This promo the day after Edge cashed in money in the bank to beat Cena for the WWE Championship in 2006, Cena had something to say to the audience,
John Cena: For those 10 million people drinkin' haterade...... Hell ya' all can kiss my ass!
From his theme song "My Time Is Now":
"If they hate let em hate I drop your whole clan Lay your ass down for the 3-second tan"
The anti-Cena line of merchandise. WWE must be pissing down their pants upon witnessing how well they managed to turn the anti-Cena sentiment, a great deal of which is based on legitimate disdain toward Cena's kayfabe characterization, into contributions to Cena's paycheque.
Take That Kiss: To Vickie Guerrero in his handicap match against her and Dolph Ziggler.
Theatrics Of Pain: A notably odd case as there are moves he's notably poor at selling while there are moves he sells extremely well. For instance, it's generally a bad idea to whip him in a turnbuckle, forward or backward. Alternately, he takes elbows and knees to the jaw unprotected, and makes a DDT look like his head was jammed through the ring.
This Is Gonna Suck: Being rather Genre Savvy, a talent of his is to give a look like this to the hard camera such as the debut of the Nexus and the return of Brock Lesnar. Recently, when he came out to receive the fan-voted 'Superstar of the Year' despite his extremely bad year, the look on his face was a mixture of this and Oh, Crap, only aided by the fact that show was in Philadelphia.
Three Month Rule: Surprisingly, Cena tends to subvert this a lot. His kayfabe-dislike for Randy Orton is unaffected by the rule, even when they're both faces. Similar situations have happened with Punk ever since their 2011 feud as well.
Fights for his life against CM Punk for the Championship and manages an incredible top rope German suplex ... but fails to pull off a complete bridge and is counted down as well, leaving the title with Punk.
Despite the relevance being largely unknown, is viciously hounded along with AJ Lee by Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler over an alleged romance, a pursuit that led to Cena injuring his knee and being tackled through a line of bathroom stalls.
Even a moment that SHOULD have been a good one wasn't, as in late 2012 he won the "Superstar of the Year" Slammy....despite having an apparent mediocre year, and not having the WWE title at all that year. To add to that the awards show was held in a traditionally anti-Cena city (Philadelphia). Needless to say the crowd was less than thrilled and let the winner know it.
Tranquil Fury: In some of his earlier promos when he was mad, he seemed calm, but then halfway through he exploded. Nowadays he simply smirks all the way through.
Unexplained Recovery: During his feud with Carlito, Cena was apparently "stabbed" in the back by Carlito's lackey at a night club. He never showed any ill effects. Eddie Guerrero even hung a lampshade on it later on, mentioning that his (non-existent) scar had healed up pretty well.
He has his in The Miz, who has despised John Cena since the beginning of his WWE run and has continued to despise him ever since, John Cena... used him as batting practice for his actual feud with Batista, and has never even cut a promo against him.
Probably as far as PG-WWE goes, his Attitude Adjustment to Justin Gabrielonto (and almost through) the windshield of a car on the 11-29-10 episode of RAW probably counts as this.
Dropping about 25 chairs or so onto Wade Barrett after decisively defeating him at the 2011 WWE TLC pay-per-view likely counts.
He was certainly going for this when he beat the crap out of JackSwagger...and almost succeeded. The Context After Kane injured Zack Ryder by chokeslamming him off a platform the week before, Ryder was put in a US Title match with Swagger despite not being medically cleared to complete. John Laurinaitis gave Cena the match against Swagger to calm him down. Let's put it this way. Before Kane's promo stopped him, Cena was about to give Swagger a one-man Con-chair-to...with steel steps.
The Monday Night Raw after the 2012 Royal Rumble made Cena finally beat down Kane for all the abuse and crap he gave to Ryder. The only thing that remains is whether Cena will do as Kane says and embrace the hatred.
Zack Ryder recently caught Cena kissing Zack's love interest Eve Torres after saving her from Kane. Needless to say, Ryder was none to pleased to see Cena supposedly macking it off with Eve, as he even slapped Cena in the face when confronting him.
Even if Eve Torres had taken a ''serious'' level in Jerkass, one does have to wonder whether the tongue-lashing he gave Eve, leaving her a sobbing wreck in the ring to the point where officials had to help her out, wasn't a bit excessive.
Edge gives a special birthday lecture on letting Brock Lesnar push him around.
Gave one to The Big Show for selling out and helping John Laurinaitis win at Over The Limit. Cena was ticked off.
CM Punk has been the one guy to consistently get the better of Cena, both on the mic and in the ring, particularly their epic match at Money in the Bank 2011. They're a perfect contrast of personalities and wrestling style, all of which meshes really well in the ring, and they've increasingly found themselves chafing equally at the outside meddling of the likes of Triple H, Vince McMahon, and John Laurinaitis. Also, both have shown some degree of respect for one another, CM Punk admitting he does have respect for Cena and Cena outright congratulating Punk for a great match even though Cena was the loser. Cena even went out of his way to ensure Punk got a fair match that he deserved.
Daniel Bryan. He handpicked the guy as his SummerSlam opponent, because he saw the potential in him and knew he could get a great match with him.
He has on record stated that Chris Masters is the physically strongest opponent he has ever faced. Masters is the only competitor who has legitimately rendered Cena unconscious, and he has done so three times.
You Are What You Hate: Punk stated this, explaining how Cena (and moreover his hometown of Boston) was no longer an underdog, but now the face of the industry. The Boston Red Sox? More like the New York Yankees. Keep in mind that this speech was said in Boston pretty much insulting Cena in front of his hometown fans.
Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Kane praised him for inadvertently ruining Zack Ryder and Eve Torres' relationship, declaring that he had finally embraced the hate.
You Keep Using That Word: The STFU was never a proper STF (usually a chin hold rather than a step over cross face), in the lighter and softer PG era it was initially STS on WWE.com but commentary could not seem to get it right.
JOHN CENA HAS DEFEATED WADE BARRETT AND THE NEXUS! Oh wait, CM Punk's Berserk Button was finally bit by a What the Hell, Hero? moment? He's gone on to become the leader of Nexus in Barrett's place? Enjoy!
Also goes down in history as the very first victim of a Money In The Bank cash-in, courtesy, of course, of Edge.