March 28, 2011
It's hard to see Cena losing at WrestleMania 27
By BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling
Love him or hate him, it's hard to say that John Cena hasn't been one of the most successful WWE superstars in the last decade. One only has to look at his impressive 6-1 WrestleMania record to know that he will bring his 'A' game to Atlanta this year when he tries to capture the WWE Championship from The Miz. If past records are any indication, you can't see Cena losing this year.
Cena made his WrestleMania debut at WMXX back in 2004, squaring off against The Big Show for the US Championship. The fans in the Madison Square Garden were solidly behind Cena and his "Thugonomics" attitude, cheering loudly when he clocked Show with a set of brass knuckles, softening him up for the FU (now the Attitude Adjustment) for the win. Record: 1-0.
The following year, WM 21, Cena had risen through the ranks to the top tier, where he has stayed ever since. Cena handily defeated JBL after what Jim Ross would call a slobber-knocker of a match, earning him the WWE Championship. Record: 2-0.
The story was similar the next year at the 25th edition (or what WWE mistakenly called the "25th anniversary). This time, it was HHH's best friend, Shawn Michaels who tried to take away Cena's WWE Championship but ended up tapping out to the STFU in the centre of the ring. Not surprisingly, given HBK's involvement, this was probably Cena's best Mania match to date. Record: 4-0.
In light of his unblemished record, perhaps the powers that be in WWE figured Cena would need bigger challenges. So, for the next two years, he wasn't given only one opponent, but rather two.
At WrestleMania 24, he competed in a three-way match against Triple H and Randy Orton, with Orton's WWE Championship on the line. This one was a fairly typical three-way, with two battling it out after taking out the third. When Cena was pinned by Orton, it marked the only loss on his WrestleMania record. Record: 4-1.
At WM 26, Cena squared off against Batista who, thanks to Mr. McMahon's evil machinations, had stolen Cena's WWE Championship, and caused a major neck injury to Cena earlier that year. Despite being physically dominated for most of the match, Cena was able to lock on the STF, and make Batista tap out, delivering the Animal a healthy dose of comeuppance. Record: 6-1.
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