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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Top 10: John Cena Matches

By @TrueGodImmortal

No. You're not seeing things. Yes, one of the biggest Cena haters of all time is giving him his credit with a top 10 list of matches. Some of his matches showcase him going toe to toe with pound for pound better wrestlers and holding his own. Today, we talk Cena, his top 10 matches, and why 2015 is really the best year of his career based on this list.

10. John Cena vs Shawn Michaels 
Wrestlemania 23 

-The best Cena main event in his Mania career came from the best wrestler of all time. HBK and Cena went at it with glimpses of that old Shawn showing itself, which was turned up for Mania. Cena walks away with the win, but I'd say HBK stole the show in this match.

9. John Cena vs Cesaro
RAW, June 2015

-2015 was the greatest year of his career. Hands down. This match with Cesaro here is basically one that set the tone for something bigger and to be honest I'm including both this match and the one next week in this, because Kevin Owens interfered in the first one causing a DQ, and the next week, these two went at it, with Cena getting the win in yet another 20 plus minute classic. If you don't remember the match, do some research and go back. It's only been a year or so.

8. Edge vs John Cena 
Unforgiven 2006

-I'm not exactly sure what makes this match so special, but it's a landmark match for that particular era. Cena would go out and take Edge to the limit, as the crowd seemed firmly behind hometown boy Edge, but once again, Cena walked away with the win and the title. Great match, and allowed Cena to show he could go in a TLC stipulation, though he took basically no real bumps. Still a classic.

7. John Cena vs Daniel Bryan 
Summerslam 2013

-This is a pure wrestling match and kudos to Cena for holding his own with Bryan. Still, the match was so special as it represented seeing Cena lose clean to an up and coming star in Bryan, something we rarely saw at the point. It was a great match, and it was great seeing Bryan finally get a big win and the title, even if it only lasted for 3 minutes.

6. John Cena vs CM Punk 
Money In the Bank 2011

-This is honestly the most important match in the last 10 years. It shifted so much, as Punk and his angle and this match represents the seeds planted for the new era of WWE, the evolution of which we are living in currently. Punk and Cena went almost 40 minutes until Punk walked away with the victory. Great match and truly one of the monumental matches in WWE over the last 10 years, and probably the most important match in both wrestlers' careers.

5. John Cena vs Kevin Owens
Elimination Chamber 2015

-Owens was coming on strong and was certainly in line to be the next one up to win big. As we've seen since, this was truly the case, and kudos to Cena for putting him over. Cena got taken to the limit and stepped his game up, showcasing some new moves and giving more of an effort than we had seen in years and he put Owens over clean in a huge classic that stands as one of the best in Cena's career and in Owens' WWE career.

4. John Cena vs Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins 
Royal Rumble 2015

-One of the greatest Triple Threat matches ever, and the brutality of it shocked me some. All three men kicked each other's ass all over the arena and Brock even got taken out at one point before coming back to win the match. I think the star of this match was Seth as he showed and proved that he could be the man in this business just with a show stealing performance in this match. When talking triple threat matches, this is top 5 in its own right so it's only right that it resides in the top 5 of the Cena match list.

3. John Cena vs AJ Styles 
Summerslam 2016

-Recent, but I almost put this at no. 1. This match is a match of the year candidate and could very well win the award because it's a perfect match. Cena hasn't had too many of those, but this was one. Cena and AJ went to a higher level in this match and the one thing that sticks out is AJ winning clean. AJ defeated Cena yet again and got put over in a true to life classic. It's still surreal typing that.

2. John Cena vs CM Punk
RAW, February 2013

-This is yet another perfect match. The only issue here was that Cena won the match, but the match itself? Flawless. Punk and Cena went for about 30 minutes and solidified the fact that Punk is certainly the best opponent and feud that Cena has ever had in many ways. Sure, Owens and AJ gave Cena classics too, but it was a big fight feel and magical anytime Cena and Punk went at it. This match was the pinnacle.

1. John Cena vs Shawn Michaels
RAW, April 2007

-The greatest Cena match. Hands down. Almost an hour long, HBK and Cena furthered what they did at WM23 and went above and beyond. Cena took HBK to the limit, HBK went full force as expected and he walked away with the victory. This is the greatest Cena match. Period.