There have been a record
number of stars UPW has produced who have gone onto success in
the WWE, actually near 30, and we’re still going! However
none have shined as bright as current WWE Champion and the new
face of World Wrestling Entertainment: John Cena. Cena
started out as The Prototype in UPW creating a half man, half
machine character who dominated everyone on his way to
capturing the UPW Heavyweight Title. From there, Cena was
signed to a WWE contract, and went on to even more success in
Ohio Valley Wrestling, alongside such future stars as Brock
Lesnar, Batista, Shelton Benjamin, Rico and many more! It was
here, they saw what Rick Bassman and UPW trainers saw, this
guy is going to be a star. Below is a career history of UPW’s
most popular alumni, the leader of the Chain Gang: John Cena.
made his debut on Smackdown, June 27, 2002 in Chicago, IL.
Kurt Angle opened the show, after he was fired up by Mr.
McMahon to show some ruthless aggression. Angle challenged
anyone from the locker room to a match right then. Out came
the future of the company, John Cena. Cena was certainly
not intimidated by Angle as the first thing he did was slap
Angle! This take no nonsense attitude would help Cena years
from now when Angle was gunning for his WWE Title on RAW.
Cena put up a great fight but came out on the short end to
the Olympic Gold Medalist this night. Backstage, Smackdown
superstars would congratulate Cena, and he even gained the
respect of The Undertaker, who shook his hand. What a way
to start your WWE career out!
following week, as Cena was backstage, Stacy Keibler told
him that Mr. McMahon wanted to see him. As he went into
McMahon’s office, Chris Jericho was already there. This
ended similar to the prior week, as Cena slapped Jericho
leading to their match. Jericho bested Cena yet again,
however, Cena continued to impress fellow WWE stars and fans
process continued the next week as John Cena was to team
with the legendary Undertaker in the Smackdown Main Event!
Cena was talking with The Undertaker, who was waiting for
The Rock backstage. While Cena was gone however, The
Undertaker was attacked by Angle and Jericho, leading him to
yell at Cena afterwards about being there. Lesson learned!
Later that night, John Cena gained his first career victory
in WWE as he and The Undertaker defeated Kurt Angle and
Chris Jericho. The match did not go off without a hitch
however, as The Rock made an appearance and attacked Angle
and Taker. 3 weeks in, and Cena was already gracing the
ring with the most respected WWE star ever, one of the
greatest all time performers and Olympic Gold Medalist, the
first ever undisputed champion, and the most electrifying
man in sports and entertainment!
his first singles victory the following week, as he scored a
win over his opponent 3 days later, Chris Jericho by
disqualification. This set the stage for his first pay per
view match ever!
2002, John Cena pinned Chris Jericho in a major upset at the
time in just over 6 minutes!
first victory on pay per view, Cena started a new era on
Smackdown, the Stephanie McMahon era. While backstage, Cena
cut a promo on Test, and was slapped extremely hard for his
actions, leading to a match later that night, where Cena
continued his roll defeating Test. Later that night, during
a Cage match between Edge and Jericho, Cena again made his
presence felt as he got involved, as did Test, Christian,
Mysterio, and Lance Storm in a huge fight that would lead to
Eric Bischoff leaving to Raw with Jericho, Test, and Tag
Team Champions Christian and Lance Storm in one fell swoop!
continued his winning ways the following week, as he beat
former OVW alumni Rico after they exchanged words
backstage. Despite Billy and Chuck helping Rico, Cena
scored the win.
Cena got his
first taste of two matches in one night the next week, as he
defeated Kurt Angle by DQ in the opening match after Chris
Benoit, Edge, Rey Mysterio, and Eddie Guerrero. This set
the stage for a 6 man, as Cena began to make acquaintances
with Mysterio and Edge. Later that night, Cena got another
win as Mysterio pinned Angle in a great 6 man tag match.
his next Smackdown appearance 2 weeks later, as fans got a
glimpse into the future of the WWE. Cena teaming with
Rikishi defeated D Von Dudley and future World Champion
Batista. On this night, Cena bested Batista, in the first
of what may be a huge feud down the line!
Smackdown after Summerslam, saw John Cena defeated for the
first time since his first 2 weeks in, as he was defeated by
one of the greatest tag team performers of all time, D Von
Dudley. This match ended with Batista attacking D Von
showing the mean streak that would propel him to the World
title years later!
later, Cena suffered his second loss, as he teamed with
Edge, but lost to Eddie and Chavo, Los Guerreros. This
night, September 12, 2002 would best be remembered for the
wedding of Billy & Chuck.
didn’t get any better for Cena, as the next week, he ran
into current WWE Champion Brock Lesnar in his first World
Title match. As with most wrestlers, his first title match
was not a success.
was not seen on Smackdown for a few weeks after his match
with Lesnar. He returned for the Tag Title Tournament put
firth by Stephanie McMahon. Cena, teaming with Billy
Kidman, lost to the eventual tournament winners, Kurt Angle
and Chris Benoit. Of course there is no shame losing to
It was then
we saw a different side of John Cena. Following the loss in
the tournament, Cena began to change, blaming Kidman for
their loss. Cena ended his losing steak with a win over
Kidman. This was the first time however, Cena was booed by
the fans. His attitude change definitely did not make him
any more popular.
bested Cena in the rematch the following week, evening their
series at one a piece.
2002, the night that changed the course of wrestling
history. At the Smackdown Halloween party, John Cena came
dressed as Vanilla Ice, and performed his first rap, which
was received very well. This was the night that Cena showed
his true colors, and changed the course of his career, not
only in wrestling, but also propelled him to releasing his
first hip hop CD years later.
time we saw Cena, he had a battle rap with Rikishi
backstage, prior to their match where he was defeated by the
continued as the following week Cena got a dose of Mattitude,
as he teamed with Matt Hardy to defeat Rikishi and his
partner Tajiri. Cena and Hardy hugged after the match. We
would see this years later as the two teamed up on Raw with
Shawn Michaels and Big Show.
following week saw Cena find a new friend in Bull Buchanan,
or B Squared as he came to be known as. This was not before
Cena watched backstage as Brock Lesnar threw his partner
last week Matt Hardy through a wall. Cena wrestled Rikishi
again, but as they were about to wrestle, Dawn Marie and Al
Wilson began making out. Once the match got started, B
Squared attacked Rikishi giving Cena the loss via DQ.
returned to teaming with Hardy the next week, and B Squared
at ringside, as he and Hardy defeated former Tag Team
Champions Edge and Rey Mysterio in what was then considered
got to display his rap skills in a hip hop challenge with
Rikishi the next week. Tazz was the host as B Squared
watched on. Tazz ruled Rikishi the winner, and a brawl
ensued. Tazz got hit inadvertently, causing Tazz to lock
the Tazzmission on John Cena. Cena learned not to mess with
Tazz alone this week!
Smackdown prior to Armageddon saw B Squared defeat Rikishi
as Cena might have aided in the win.
Armageddon 2002, John Cena made an appearance and rapped
about what he came to do in WWE, and Smackdown. IT wasn’t
much, but people took note.
Armageddon, Cena backed up what he had to say as he defeated
Chuck Palumbo. After the match Rikishi fought with Cena and
year rounded out as Cena accompanied B Squared to the ring
as he was defeated by Rikishi.
Thus Far in 2002:
John Cena has 12 wins, 9 losses. Cena is 1-0 on Pay Per View.
John got the
new year off to a great start. Cena defeated Rikishi in the
next installment of their series. Cena and B Squared later
came out and cut a rap on Los Guerreros. Rikishi followed
them out and fought them again.
continued being successful as Cena defeated Chavo Guerrero,
while he watched as B Squared lost to Eddie Guerrero.
week saw Cena and B Squared and their relationship come to
an end. Cena teaming with B Squared lost to the Tag Team
Champions Los Guerreros. Cena blamed B Squared for the
loss, and Cena’s new protégé Notorious DOG, who later came
to be known as Rodney Mack attacked B Squared. Later that
night, Cena and DOG cut a rap on the former friend.
2003 marked the first Royal Rumble for John Cena, although
it may be one he would like to forget. Cena came in 18th
and was eliminated rather quickly by the man who once shook
his hand, The Undertaker.
battle of protégés, DOG defeated B Squared the next week, as
ran into difficulties the next week as he was defeated by
future World Champion Eddie Guerrero.
In the what
were they thinking category, Cena challenged an irate Brock
Lesnar the next week to which he accepted. This saw Cena
cut a rap on Lesnar the next week prior to their match,
further upsetting Lesnar who was having his issues with Kurt
Angle. Brock defeated Cena, and injured him as he delivered
a sight to see. Lesnar F-5’d Cena on the ringpost onto his
knee. Cena was in serious pain this night, and would not
wrestle on Smackdown again for over one month.
ensuing weeks, fans would see John Cena cut rap promos on
Brock Lesnar for injuring him and causing him to miss his
first WrestleMania. Fans were starting to see the
entertainment of Cena here, and he began getting small
cheers throughout arenas.
returned on the Smackdown prior to WrestleMania XIX. Cena
defeated Rikishi, but not before he again cut a witty rap on
Lesnar. After the match, Cena ran backstage and attacked
Brock Lesnar! Talk about gutsy. They fought until Kurt
Angle came by and hit Lesnar with a 2x4. Could it have been
XIX saw John Cena come out a battle rap to cardboard
stand-ups of Jay Z and Fabolous. Neither man accepted his
battle rap challenge. Cena cut an edgy rap, and proclaimed
that he would main event WrestleMania XX. How close he
month saw Stephanie McMahon hold a tournament for a title
shot at Brock Lesnar, the new WWE Champion. Week one saw
John Cena defeat Eddie Guerrero, advancing in the
tournament, and gaining his win back from Guerrero.
In what was
a huge upset, John Cena defeated the legend, The Undertaker
in week 2 of the tournament. Of course, it didn’t hurt to
have the FBI attack Taker during the match. Cena advanced
to the finals.
The week of
the finals saw Brock Lesnar call out John Cena ad Chris
Benoit, who Cena would face for the title shot. Cena
attacked Benoit during this interview setting the tone for
their match. In the best match of Cena’s career up to this
point, John Cena defeated “The Crippler” Chris Benoit in
another upset earning the right to challenge Brock Lesnar at
Backlash in his first pay per view main event!
To get ready
for Backlash, Cena defeated Rhyno, who made it to the
semifinals of the tournament. Later that night, Cena
attacked and bloodied Lesnar after his match with A Train.
Not many people have done something like that to the Next
2003, John Cena challenged Brock Lesnar in the Main Event
for the WWE Title. Cena came out on the short end of things
in this, his first big pay per view match, in his meteoric
rise thus far. It just wasn’t his time, but it would come.
Actually, his time is now!
Backlash, Cena had a battle rap with Spanky who came out
with Brian Hebner, the referee who kicked the beat. Cena
attacked Spanky for his troubles.
was defeated by Rhyno the next week, revenge for his win
earlier. Earlier in the show Cena stopped to look at Mr.
America. Maybe they would team, up down the line,
Cena had his
rematch with Benoit the following week, prior to Judgment
Day. Cena lost via DQ after Spanky, the FBI and Rhyno
Day 2003, John Cena teamed up with the FBI to defeat Chris
Benoit, Rhyno and Spanky.
defeated Spanky on the next Smackdown.
later, Cena would again defeat Chris Benoit, this time after
Rhyno accidentally gored Benoit. A win is a win to Cena.
streak continued the next week as Cena defeats Smackdown’s
number one announcer, Funaki.
later, John Cena came out to celebrate it being 1 year since
he made his debut, as he answered Kurt Angle’s challenge.
Cena did the same, issuing an open challenge and it was
answered by future US Champion Orlando Jordan. Cena
defeated Jordan after a few scares, but continued his roll.
After the match, Undertaker came out, and Cena avoided him.
entered in the US Title Tournament the next week, and lost
to Mr. Ass Billy Gunn after The Undertaker distracted him.
It seemed Cena has caught the attention of the Deadman.
week saw one of the funniest moments on Smackdown as Kurt
Angle was trash talking Big Show and Brock Lesnar. John
Cena came out and Cena and Angle had an impromptu battle
rap. Brian Hebner beat boxed again. This one ended when
Big Show attacked Angle and Cena.
interrupted someone else the next week, this time however,
it was Mr. McMahon. Cena cut a rap on Mr. McMahon, at
least until The Undertaker came out and attacked Cena.
interruptions continued, again as Cena interrupted a
McMahon, however the next week it was Stephanie McMahon.
Cena insinuated that Stephanie wanted him, and even smacked
the Billion Dollar Princess on the butt! She responded by
slapping Cena. Later that night, Cena cut a tremendous rap
on The Undertaker from a graveyard, saying what will happen
2003 proved too much for the Doctor of Thuganomics, as he
was defeated in just over 16 minutes by The Undertaker in a
great match. Cena proved to be close to the top in this
one, showing the flashes of brilliance that would make him a
star in the coming months.
Vengeance, Cena regained his winning ways, again defeating
following week saw history made as John Cena became one of
very few to defeat The Undertaker. Cena got his win back,
and proved himself in a big way.
week, another victory. John Cena defeated the one legged
wonder, Zach Gowen the week after beating the Deadman.
Undertaker and Orlando Jordan got some revenge on the next
Smackdown as they defeated Cena and his new partner, A
week saw John take on the hero of the town, the US Champion
Eddie Guerrero in his home of El Paso, Texas. Cena
challenged Guerrero for the US Title in an entertaining back
and forth interview. Guerrero got the win after Cena was
DQ’d for dropping Guerrero on one of his lowrider’s tires
that Cena stole.
following week set up the Street Fight in 2 weeks, as John
Cena stole Eddie Guerrero’s pride and joy, his lowrider.
famous Parking Lot Brawl, Guerrero and Cena went at it in
front of the Smackdown stars surrounded by cars. Chavo
Guerrero returned and hit Cena with a hubcap giving his
Uncle Eddie the win.
later, John Cena chose Kurt Angle as his next victim. Cena
attacked Angle while he was arguing with Lesnar and Mr.
McMahon over losing the WWE Title. Once Angle went after
the doctor, he left in a car.
Cena got his
hands on Angle next as he teamed with the new WWE Champion
Brock Lesnar defeating Kurt Angle and The Undertaker.
Lesnar was seen slamming Taker though a table.
and Kurt Angle had their second battle rap. This one, as
you would expect, ended in a brawl.
came out the next week, dressed as the doctor himself. This
was really entertaining. Angle brought out a mini Angle.
John Cena had seen enough, as he ran out and another fight
At No Mercy,
2003, John Cena faced another great superstar, but again
came up short against Kurt Angle in what was a great match,
probably the best of Cena’s career thus far. It is nothing
to be ashamed of to have PPV losses to Angle and
Undertaker. This match was notable as Cena received a very
favorable crowd reaction, as opposed to the chorus of boos
he was used to hearing.
Mercy, Cena again teamed with A Train and fought to a no
contest with Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit.
where the career of the doctor turned around. There was a
rematch from the week prior, this time however, Angle and
Benoit defeated A Train and Cena. After the match, Cena
attacked A Train. Impressed by John and his mean side,
Brock offered Cena the fifth spot on his team at Survivor
2003, a day that will always be remembered. John Cena
defeated Rey Mysterio, but not before Team Lesnar came out
to get their answer, which was no. Team Lesnar then
attacked Cena and pummeled him. Later that night, Team
Lesnar attacked Team Angle in the main event. Down one
person, Team Angle was struggling to fight, until John Cena
ran out to an enormous ovation and joined the fray. This
solidified John Cena as a fan favorite for life.
before Survivor Series saw John Cena team with Chris Benoit
and defeat WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and Big Show. Cena was
now making main event waves.
Series 2003 saw Team Angle with John Cena, Kurt Angle, Chris
Benoit, Bradshaw and Hardcore Holly defeat Team Lesnar,
comprised of Lesnar, Big Show, fellow UPW alumni Nathan
Jones, Matt Morgan and A Train. Cena got the winning
pinfall over the Big Show to wins the match for his team.
big win at the Series, Cena cut a rap on Mr. McMahon to
start the next Smackdown, with his new fan friendly
attitude. Later that night, Cena defeats US Champion Big
Show in a non title match.
Thanksgiving is always entertaining, especially when Cena is
at the top of his game. This year, Brock Lesnar announced a
battle royal for a title shot, in which Cena and Benoit
would have to win separate matches to even be entered in the
battle royal. Prior to his match, Cena found it necessary
to flirt with the divas of Smackdown with a witty rap, which
received a huge ovation. Cena then went to the ring and
defeated A Train to gain entrance to the battle royal. Cena
and Benoit both entered and were the last 2 men remaining.
As they fought, they threw each other over and both landed
at the same time. Both men were ruled winners, and Lesnar
took advantage and attacked both men after a grueling night.
week saw Cena and Benoit, wrestle each other for the title
shot later in the night. John Cena had Benoit defeated, but
his foot was under the ropes, and the match was restarted.
Chris Benoit got the win, and went on to wrestle the champ
later in the show. Cena had a great showing and was not
done with his journey to the title.
The Big Show
came dressed as Cena the next Smackdown and cut a rap on
Cena, which was received with an even better rap, by Cena
setting the stage for an eventual showdown. The next week,
Cena watched as Big Show defeated Orlando Jordan as he
main evented the first Christmas in Iraq show, as he
defeated the US Champion Big Show in another non title
match. Cena also received the honor or being stunned by the
one and only Stone Cold Steve Austin. What a way to end the
John Cena had 23 wins, 14 losses with 1 No Contest.
Cena was 2-4 on Pay Per View.
For his career: Cena has 35 wins, 25 losses, 1 ND and is 3-4
To start off
the new year, John Cena, after upsetting Smackdown General
Manager Paul Heyman, teamed with Chris Benoit to win a
handicap match against the FBI.
On the road
to the Rumble, John Cena then defeated A Train to remain
undefeated in 2003.
At odds with
the GM, Cena was put in a match with the man beast, Rhyno
and the loser would have their mouth washed out with soap.
Oops. Cena defeated Rhyno, and with Chris Benoit’s help,
Paul Heyman had his mouth cleaned thoroughly.
not to be outdone, made a 4 on 2 match for Cena and Benoit
the next week, prior to Royal Rumble. With some help from
Hardcore Holly, and the Big Show, one of the 4 opponents
being locked in his locker room by a forklift, Cena and
Benoit defeated Matt Morgan, Rhyno and WWE Champion Brock
Lesnar. Afterwards, Big Show slammed both Benoit and Cena
as hard as he could for the inconvenience.
2004 would be another disappointment for the creator of Word
Life. Cena ran into RVD backstage for a memorable
interchange. Then, Cena drew the lucky number 28, but was
ousted by the Big Show who dominated the Rumble match. Cena
again eliminated nobody, and his friend Chris Benoit went
onto win, and win the World Title at WrestleMania XX.
departed from Smackdown, there was a 15 man Royal Rumble for
Smackdown Stars, in which Cena competed. Cena entered 10th
and eliminated Nunzio, before The Big Show eliminated Cena.
Upset, Cena with the rest of the ring, eliminated Big Show,
furthering their issues.
actions, GM Paul Heyman suspended Cena for the next
Smackdown, but not before Cena would get involved in the 3
way match at No Way Out for the title shot at WrestleMania
on the line.
Smackdown before No Way Out saw John Cena and Eddie Guerrero
defeat WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and US Champion Big Show
after Kurt Angle ran in and attacked both Cena and Show.
At No Way
Out 2003, John Cena lost in a Triple Threat match vs. Big
Show and Kurt Angle. Angle went on to win the match,
setting the stage for Cena-Big Show at the biggest show of
following Smackdown saw Heyman make Cena and Angle tag up,
and they defeated the Basham Bros. Later that night, Cena
would challenge The Big Show for WrestleMania.
With only a
few shows before WrestleMania, Cena stayed in top form
teaming with Rey Mysterio defeating The Big Show and Chavo
Guerrero. The next week, Cena defeated A Train.
Smackdown before WrestleMania saw Cena continue his amazing
streak, and he defeated Rhyno setting up the showdown.
XX, the biggest show ever, and it starts off with John Cena
winning the US Title vs. The Big Show. The era of John Cena
his defense of the US Title defeating Rhyno the first week
was seen on Raw for the first time during the Draft Lottery,
as he and fellow Smackdown stars brawled with Raw stars to
end the show.
lottery, Cena cut a rap on new draft pick Rene Dupree. The
next week, new Smackdown GM Kurt Angle put Cena in a
handicap match vs. Nunzio and Johnny Stamboli. Cena
overcame the odds and emerged victorious. Later that night
he was nominated for the Great American Award by Angle, and
up for a title shot at Judgment Day.
following week, John Cena defeated Danny Basham. That
night, Kurt Angle would announce that JBL would get the
title shot, leaving most fans feeling as if Cena had been
continued as Cena defended the US Title again, this tie
defeating Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero.
week saw John attack Rene Dupree on café de Rene, the new
Smackdown show after Dupree was seen hitting on Torrie.
Later in the night, Cena lost in a handicap match to both
Chavo Guerrero Sr. and Chavo Guerrero Jr.
saved Torrie as she was slated to wrestle Dupree the next
week by Kurt Angle. The next week saw Cena defeat the other
Basham, this time it was Doug. Later in the night, Cena
saved Torrie yet again, as Dupree and Dawn Marie had bad
intentions with her.
following week saw the battle of UPW stars as John Cena
retained his US Title over Sakoda.
Day, John Cena retained his US Title over Rene Dupree in his
first pay per view title defense.
The two men
had a rematch at the next Smackdown, and this time Dupree
got the win via count-out.
This led to
John Cena competing in his first ever Lumberjack Match vs.
Rene Dupree. Cena again retained the US Title.
week saw Cena upset at Booker T, and they fought all over
Smackdown leading to the next week.
on this night said that the first man of 3 to defeat Cena
would get the title shot at the Great American Bash. This
saw John Cena wrestle Booker T, Rob Van Dam, and Rene Dupree
to 5 minute draws. Angle came out and gave Dupree extra
time, where Cena would defeat him. Following the match, The
Undertaker upset attacked both Cena and RVD.
week saw Mr. Thursday Night Rob Van Dam and John Cena team
up against Booker T and Rene Dupree. The match went to a no
contest after The Undertaker again attacked RVD and Cena.
week, Cena challenged The Undertaker, and Kurt Angle, after
a brief rap on Cena made the match, where The Undertaker
defeated Cena in a non title match.
At The Great
American Bash 2004, John Cena retained his US Title against
4 Smackdown Superstars, Rene Dupree, Rob Van Dam and Booker
T. Cena is now showing signs of being dominate.
the reincarnation of the Bash, Cena was seen in a verbal
tussle with the American loving Kenzo Suzuki. Suzuki was
referenced to poop several times! Next week, prior to his
match, he was attacked by Suzuki and fellow UPW alumni
Luther Reigns. Later that night, John Cena defended his US
Title against Booker T. While wrestling, they ran into
Smackdown GM Kurt Angle who stripped Cena of the US Title,
therefore proving he had something against Cena that would
resurface later in the careers.
irate over being stripped of the US Title, to the point that
next week, he demanded he be given the title back and threw
Angle’s bodyguard Luther Reigns through a wall in Angle’s
office! Later that night, Angle made a 3 on 1 handicap
match for Cena, who was defeated by Kenzo Suzuki, Rene
Dupree and Booker T.
some revenge on Angle as he defeated Luther Reigns, formerly
Horshu in UPW.
fired Kurt Angle as GM after some shady dealings including
stripping Cena of the Title. Teddy Long was introduced as
the new GM, and immediately made a Battle Royal for the new
US Champion to be crowned in which Cena was entered. Cena
however came out on the short end as he watched Booker T win
his US Title.
faced off with Rob Van Dam to find out who would get the
shot at Booker T, and Cena came out victorious and was now
again gunning for the US Title.
week saw the first Summer Games Relay match with Team Cena
vs. Team Booker. Team Cena won in the end as it saw Cena,
RVD, and Charlie Haas defeat Booker T, Luther Reigns and
Summerslam 2005, John Cena faced Booker T in the first of a
best of 5 series for the US Title. Cena won match 1, and
was a step closer to winning back his gold.
after Summerslam continued as Cena defeated D Von Dudley per
Teddy Long as Booker watched on.
match in the best of 5 series saw Booker T cheat to win and
even the series at 1 a piece.
week saw Cena team with Rey Mysterio and RVD to defeat
Booker T, Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree, giving Cena the
upper hand in the battle with the US Champ. The following
week saw Cena return to what made him famous and cut a rap
on Booker T and their next match.
On the next
Smackdown, Cena was down 1-2 in the series as he lost to
Booker T overseas in one match. This evening, Cena would
even it up going into No Mercy.
The build up
was awesome for this final match. Cena talked about Rock,
Austin and Booker T over the next 2 weeks.
At No Mercy,
John Cena regained his US Title from Booker T in the
culmination of their feud. The Doctor was back on top.
In one of
the more shocking moments in Smackdown history, John Cena
retuned home to Boston and was thanking his Chain Gang for
the support when Carlito would make his WWE Debut,
challenging and attacking Cena. Later that night in his
first Smackdown match, Carlito, defeated John Cena for the
US Title making a huge impact, in a feud that would follow
them to Raw a year later!
week, the bad news hit home as Teddy Long informs us that
John Cena was attacked in a club last week, and was stabbed
in the kidney. The following week, Long questioned
Carlito’s involvement, which he denied. We then find out
the next week that Cena was attacked, not by Carlito, but by
his new muscle Jesus Aguilera, who is better known to UPW
fans as The HardKore Kidd! UPW is invading Smackdown. 2
weeks later, we find out that Cena will return at Survivor
Series as a member of Team Guerrero to face Team Angle with
Series 2004, John Cena returned to an enormous ovation and
went right for Carlito and Jesus. He fought Jesus all the
way to the back of the building as Carlito ran off.
Eventually, Carlito and Jesus drove off, but not before Cena
made his presence felt. He returned to the ring, where his
team with Eddie Guerrero, Rob Van Dam and The Big Show
defeated Kurt Angle, Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns, with a
departed Carlito. UPW was represented by 3 alumni during
the Smackdown Main Event at Survivor Series!
returned to Smackdown, he was given a US Title rematch, and
delivered big time. Cena regained the US Title from Carlito,
but as soon as he won the title in a convincing fashion, he
was attacked by Jesus, as he hit Cena in the injured kidney
with Cena’s own chain. This led to Cena being carried out
of the arena, much to the delight of Jesus and Carlito.
John Cena returned at Armageddon 2004 and defeated in a
dominating and vicious fashion former UPW alumni and Carlito
bodyguard Jesus in a bloody street fight. Cena dominated
the entire match showing what happens when he is pushed too
On the final
Smackdown of the year, Cena retained his US Title over Rene
Dupree, ending the year that put Cena on the map as the
future of World Wrestling Entertainment!
John Cena had 31 wins, 10 losses with 5 No Contests.
Cena was 7-2 on Pay Per View.
John won the United States Title 3 Times, and
lost it once, and was stripped of the title one time by
Smackdown General Manager Kurt Angle.
He ended the year US Champion.
For his career Cena has 66 wins, 35 losses, 6
ND and is 10-6 on PPV, with 3 Title Reigns.
started off the new year with a battle rap between himself
and Kenzo Suzuki. Obviously, the Doctor won this battle.
The nest week saw Cena retain his Title by defeating Kenzo
in a regular match. This looked to be Cena’s year!
his entrance to the Royal Rumble by defeating Rene Dupree
the following week, but was attacked by Suzuki after the
Smackdown prior to the Rumble as Cena remain undefeated in
2005, as he again defeated Kenzo Suzuki.
Royal Rumble saw John Cena and Batista go down to the end
together and eliminate each other, until Mr. McMahon made
his way down and ordered it to continue. Batista ended up
winning, but Cena made his mark as en elite performer on
this night. Cena entered the Rumble at number 25, and
eliminated Viscera, Kane and Edge.
made it clear he wanted WWE gold the next Smackdown. JBL,
the WWE Champion at the time, was then FU’d by Cena as Long
made a tournament for the title shot at WrestleMania.
the tournament off by defeating Orlando Jordan and getting
one step closer to the main event of Mania.
week saw Cena defeat Booker T, and the finals were set to
Angle vs. Cena as their career long feud was set to continue
at No Way Out.
No Way Out
saw John Cena realize his dream. Cena defeated Kurt Angle
to earn a WWE Title shot and the Main event at WrestleMania
21, in Los Angeles, where he started his wrestling career at
The march to
WrestleMania began as Cena teamed with the Big Show and they
defeated WWE Champion JBL and Orlando Jordan the next week.
week saw John Cena lose the US Title to Orlando Jordan,
thanks to some help from his Mania 21 opponent JBL. This
only made things more personal for the soon to be champion.
what happened to him, Cena came out to the next Smackdown
looking for a fight, and delivered an FU to Smackdown GM
Teddy Long for doing nothing.
continued as he followed that up with a win, by teaming with
the Tag Team Champions Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio
defeating JBL, and the Basham Bros.
momentum going into WrestleMania, Cena and JBL had a
debate. This ended with Cena spray painting not only JBL’s
limo, but JBL as well!
Smackdown before the biggest night of Cena’s life ended
badly as he wrestled Carlito, and the match was stopped as
JBL had Cena arrested for damaging his limo.
21, the biggest show in WWE History. JBL, the longest
reigning WWE Champion in a decade. The Main Event of the
biggest show ever. How does John Cena respond. Coming back
home to UPW stomping ground in Los Angeles, Cena’s career
came full circle, winning the WWE Championship over JBL in a
convincing fashion. The John Cena era had begun. His time
his reign by telling the fans that this win was for them,
and he is fighting for the people. The following week saw
Cena unveil his new WWE Title, with a spinner and full of
diamonds and gold, much to the dismay of wrestling purist,
in his first title defense defeated US Champion Orlando
Jordan, avenging his loss prior to WrestleMania on the next
spirit as a fighting champion, Cena defeated the always
pesky Rene Dupree the following week. We then saw John Cena
debut his new music video for his sold out debut CD, Bad Bad
Man. JBL also was given a title shot, in an I Quit match
with Cena at Judgment Day.
so heated between the two, that it took the entire Smackdown
roster to stop JBL and Cena from fighting the next week.
overcame the odds once again as he defeated JBL’s cabinet
member the Basham Bros in a handicap match to get ready for
the I Quit Match.
2005 will forever be remembered as the night John Cena
solidified himself as a champion with heart as he defeated
JBL in a very bloody and classic match. JBL screamed I Quit
before Cena finished him off for good.
teamed with the Big Show 2 weeks later and defeated his
nemesis Carlito and his new bodyguard Matt Morgan.
2005, the day the marked the beginning of a new era in WWE
History. The Draft Lottery began on Raw and the worked was
stunned to see the first draft pick, unveiled during Chris
Jericho’s Highlight Reel: WWE Champion John Cena! Cena
then fought with Christian who was gunning for Cena before
the draft lottery. Cena got off to a rocky start as he
upset Raw GM Eric Bischoff who wanted him to join the anti-
In his first
match on Raw, Cena teamed with Chris Jericho to face
Christian and Tyson Tomko. Cena and Jericho got the win,
but Jericho shocked many as he attacked his partner John
Cena after the match and brutalized him badly.
out the next week, getting ready for his first WWE Title
defense at Vengeance, stopping the undefeated streak of the
controversial Muhammad Hassan.
2005, John Cena retained his WWE Title by defeating Chris
Jericho and Christian in a great triple threat match.
People are saying Cena is unstoppable.
2005 marked another great date, as Cena teamed with 2
legends in the world of wrestling. WWE Champion John Cena
teamed with Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan to beat Carlito,
Christian and Tyson Tomko. Cena, after the match showed his
respect to Hogan and Michaels by giving them the stage.
the feud with Jericho was not over as the next week, Cena
was a guest on the Highlight Reel which led to a fight
between the two.
came crashing down the next week as Cena and Jericho were
verbally abusing one another when Eric Bischoff made it
clear his mission would now be to make sure Cena lost the
WWE Title. This resulted in Bischoff being given and FU!
Cena is showing a propensity for not liking authority
received an FU, Bischoff made a lumberjack match for Cena
with Snitsky. Despite all the best efforts by many such as
Chris Jericho, Cena came out on top and defeated Snitsky in
his first lumberjack match.
and Chris Jericho were scheduled to have the Battle of the
Bands on the next Raw, but after Cena rocked the house,
Jericho decided against playing with Fozzy. Jericho was
however the special referee for a match Bischoff put
together, as Carlito, the Intercontinental Champion defeated
John Cena with the assistance the Chris Jericho. This gave
Carlito a title match the following week.
week, Cena overcame the odds, and defeated Carlito, with
Chris Jericho as the special referee and Eric Bischoff at
ringside. Jericho and Bischoff then attacked Cena, and
bloodied him up, and we last saw Cena getting slapped by
out the following week to help referee Chad Patton, who was
being beaten by Jericho and Bischoff, showing he is a man of
respect as well.
Bischoff wanted to make sure Cena was softened up prior to
his match at Summerslam, and ordered Cena to wrestle Chris
Jericho and Carlito in a handicap match. However, things
backfired for Bischoff as Cena ended up winning the match.
After the loss, Jericho killed Cena with a wicked chair shot
to the side of the face.
This set the
stage for Summerslam 2005. WWE Champion John Cena defeated
Chris Jericho in a great, show stealing match at Summerslam.
Cena showed he is very capable of winning the big ones with
The war was
not over, as the next night, Bischoff made a Title rematch,
with stipulations being that the loser is fired from WWE.
Cena ended up defeating Jericho, despite Bischoff
interfering. The aftermath was crazy as Jericho as carried
out screaming, and Kurt Angle was announced as the new
number one contender, and he beat down Cena after a long
Angle continued their feud the next week, as they fought
each other after a few words were exchanged. Cena’s career
is coming full circle as his first WWE match was with Angle,
and now Angle is the number one contender for his title.
following week, Angle beat Eugene, and Cena ran down and
attacked Angle, until Tyson Tomko came in and kicked Cena
silly, setting up for a match. Cena defeated Tomko with an
FU, and after the match was attacked by the vicious Kurt
Angle, who Angle Slammed Cena on the stage!
week saw Bischoff try again to screw Cena, yet watched it
backfire again. Cena defeated Angle and Tomko in another
handicap match, giving him his 25th win of the
year. Angle worked over Cena’s ankle to end the show prior
to his title match.
retained his WWE Title over Kurt Angle at Unforgiven 2005,
as John Cena was disqualified for using a chair that Kurt
Angle brought into the ring. Upset, Cena proceeded to slam
Kurt Angle through the ringside table, and sent the fans
In one of
the most star studded matches in Raw History, John Cena
teamed with Shawn Michaels, Matt Hardy and The Big Show to
defeat Carlito, UPW alumni Chris Masters, Snitsky, and Edge
in a great 8 man tag team match.
week saw Cena in his first ever tables match teaming with
Shawn Michaels against Carlito and Chris Masters. Cena and
Michaels lost as Kurt Angle threw Michaels through a table
and then slammed Cena through a table and bloodied him
Homecoming, WWE returned to the USA Network on October 3,
2005. On this might, the main event was huge and had been
building since Cena was drafted to Raw. WWE Champion John
Cena defeated General manage Eric Bischoff in a No DQ match,
after Angle eliminated himself after a chair shot
backfired. As Raw returned to USA, it was clear, that John
Cena was to be the face of Monday Night Raw!
was seen reverting back to his old ways rapping about Angle,
Carlito, Michaels, Big Show and Edge during Carlito’s Cabana
as they all gunned for a title shot. This set the stage for
a great 6 man tag match later in the show. Cena also had
his first face to face confrontation with Triple H here,
planting seeds for what may come down the line. In the 6
man match, Cena teamed with Big Show and Shawn Michaels,
losing to Edge, Carlito and Kurt Angle after Angle reversed
a Cena reversal to the ankle lock into a pin. Cena then
watched Angle celebrate as he wondered what had happened.
Thus far in 2005:
John Cena has 27 wins, 6 losses with 1 No Contest.
Cena is 5-2 on Pay Per View.
John has won the WWE Title, and lost the US
Title. He is currently the WWE Champion.
For his career on TV Cena has 93 wins, 41
losses, 7 ND and is 15-8 on PPV, with 4 Title Reigns.
October 13th, 2005