The Rise of John Cena



2001
[Best of 2001][Worst of 2001]
2001-03-14 | UPW | It Starts with a Prototype
Before he was 'The Face That Runs The Place', John Cena was known as The Prototype. Witness him in action against C.W. Anderson from UPW.


2002
[Best of 2002][Worst of 2002]
2002-01-19 | OVW | A Rivalry Begins...
In the genesis of one of the most storied rivalries in WWE history, The Prototype goes one-on-one with a young Randy Orton.

2002-02-23 | OVW | An Early Taste of Gold
Far from their battles for gold in WWE, witness John Cena and Batista clash for the OVW Championship, as The Prototype takes on Leviathan.

2002-06-27 | WWE | A Ruthless Debut
SmackDown 149 - John Cena's meteoric rise to stardom begins when Cena steps up to show Kurt Angle the meaning of ruthless aggression.

2002-07-04 | WWE | No Respect Intended
SmackDown 150 - A show of disrespect from Chris Jericho leads a young John Cena to strike back with some contempt of his own.

2002-07-21 | WWE | Breaking Down the Walls
Vengeance 2002 - After refusing to turn the other cheek, Chris Jericho takes to the ring to go one-on-one with John Cena.

2002-10-31 | WWE | A Different Set of Skills
SmackDown 167 - John Cena makes his first step in a new direction when he displays a different set of skills at SmackDown's Halloween Party.


2003
[Best of 2003][Worst of 2003]
2003-02-06 | WWE | Challenging The Next Big Thing
Never one to mince words, John Cena uses his gift for rhyme to make a series of bold statements at the expense of Brock Lesnar.

2003-04-27 | WWE | Battling The Beast
Backlash 2003 - After several challenges to Brock Lesnar's manhood, John Cena steps up to go one-on-one with The Beast.

2003-08-07 | WWE | The Deadman's Yard
SmackDown 207 - John Cena's continued tenacity earns him a trip to The Undertaker's yard, as Cena takes on Big Evil.


2004
[Best of 2004][Worst of 2004]
2004-02-15 | WWE | Three Men and an Opportunity
No Way Out 2004 - John Cena faces Kurt Angle and Big Show in a Triple Threat Match for an opportunity at the WWE Championship.

2004-03-14 | WWE | The Show of Shows
WrestleMania XX - In his first match on The Grandest Stage of Them All, John Cena battles Big Show for the United States Championship.

2004-06-27 | WWE | An American Champion
Great American Bash 2004 - John Cena defends the United States Championship against Booker T and more in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match.

2004-10-03 | WWE | Who's The Best?
No Mercy 2004 - In the finale of a 'Best of Five' match series, John Cena battles Booker T for the United States Championship.


2005
[Best of 2005][Worst of 2005]
2005-02-20 | WWE | No Escaping Destiny
No Way Out 2005 - With a chance to challenge John 'Bradshaw' Layfield for the WWE Title at stake, John Cena goes one-on-one with Kurt Angle.

2005-03-03 | WWE | Facing The Chief of Staff
SmackDown 289 - John Cena defends the United States Championship against JBL's Chief of Staff, Orlando Jordan.

2005-03-24 | WWE | The Great Debate
SmackDown 292 - Before they clash for the WWE Title at WrestleMania, John Cena and John 'Bradshaw' Layfield come face-to-face for a debate.

2005-04-03 | WWE | The Champ Is Here!!!
WrestleMania 21 - John Cena captures the WWE Championship from John 'Bradshaw' Layfield at the Show of Shows. And the rest is history...


2016
[Best of 2016][Worst of 2016]
2016-05-30 | WWE | The Rise of John Cena Intro
Relive history with John Cena's meteoric rise to Superstardom, as the Doctor of Thuganomics proves that Hustle and Loyalty earns respect!