WWE: The 10 Matches John Cena Needs to Have
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John Cena has feuded with just about all of WWE's top stars.
He's gone toe-to-toe with Sheamus, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Big Show and a boatload of other guys, developing great chemistry with many and some not-so-great chemistry with others.
But now that we're about to see Big Show and Cena wrestle for what seems like the 294th time, that got me thinking: Who's someone Cena hasn't had very many singles matches with that I'd like to see him wrestle?
As many guys as Cena has faced, there are actually still a bunch of guys who he's never had a ton of (or any) one-on-one matches with.
But there are plenty I'd love to see him face down the road.
Here are 10 WWE matches that John Cena needs to have.
10. Jack Swagger
I know, I know--Jack Swagger has been in in the ring with John Cena, and heck, even wrestled against him on last night's Raw.
But I'm not talking about today's version of Swagger, a.k.a. Swagger the Jobber. I'm talking about the 2009 version of Swagger, the guy who looked like he'd be around as a main eventer for years to come.
When Swagger debuted on ECW, he got an instant push and it appeared as if that push would result in a great career.
He did win the World Heavyweight Championship once, but hasn't done much since then—and that's a shame because he's one of the best pure wrestlers in the WWE.
Swagger and Cena have had multiple singles matches, and even though they've never faced each other in a lengthy bout on a PPV stage, I have no doubt that they could tear the house down if given the opportunity.
I still think the WWE is wasting Swagger's incredible in-ring talent, and I'd bet that we'd all be pleasantly surprised if those two got 15 minutes to do their thing.
9. Zack Ryder
There is a lot of history between John Cena and Zack Ryder, as Ryder was essentially the focal point of Cena's feud with Kane earlier this year.
These two actually faced off during that rivalry, when Ryder's popularity was peaking and he wasn't jobbing week after week.
Of course, Ryder's momentum has almost been completely killed now, but he's still pretty over with the crowd, and I'd love to see him take on Cena.
There's a great story to be told here as Ryder and Cena basically just went their separate ways without ever really settling the beef that was certainly there between the two.
Cena kissed Eve Torres when he knew that Ryder liked her, and since that happened, Ryder's career has clearly gone downhill.
I think it could make for a great feud and match to see an angry Ryder target Cena for ruining his career, with a big baby face vs. baby face match as the payoff.
8. Antonio Cesaro
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The WWE roster is experiencing an influx of new talent, and that's gonna open up a lot of new feud opportunities for John Cena.
One of the feuds I want to see the most? Cena vs. Antonio Cesaro.
Cesaro (a.k.a. former ROH star Claudio Castagnoli) hasn't gotten a whole lot of ring time since being called up to SmackDown several weeks ago, but he proved during his time in ROH, on the indy scene and in FCW that he has the potential to develop into one of the WWE's best all-around talents.
He's also a pretty damn good heel and could provide Cena with a fresh feud and match or series of matches.
We've seen Cena feud with a big chunk of the main roster, but he's never crossed paths with Cesaro.
Perhaps it's time to make it happen.
7. Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston and John Cena have actually never faced each other in a singles match.
That really shouldn't be surprising, given that both have been baby faces since Kingston debuted in 2008. What it is, though, is disappointing.
Kingston is someone who almost always has really good matches, and despite little character development on his part, the crowd is always extremely hot for his matches.
He's one of the WWE's most over baby faces. Just like John Cena.
Especially in recent years, the WWE fans have been really into face vs. face matches, and I think that would remain true for a match that has never happened: Kingston vs. Cena.
They've crossed paths (most notably in the Triple Threat clip above), but it's time for them to go one-on-one in a match that I'm sure the crowd would be really into.
Christian returned to the WWE as a baby face at Over the Limit, which means the chances of seeing him wrestle John Cena just got a lot slimmer.
But that doesn't make me want to see it any less.
Personal feelings on both guys aside, Christian and Cena are two of the most reliable veteran performers on the WWE roster, and given the right opponent, they tend to put on really good matches on a consistent basis.
Christian has proven to be incredibly reliable as a face or heel performer, while Cena knows how to turn it on during big matches.
Cena vs. Christian would fit that bill as a big match, and though it meant more when it happened last year, this could still be a great match between two of the WWE's top wrestlers.
5. Dean Ambrose
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Given the WWE's recent infusion of new talent to the main roster, I think it's only a matter of time before Dean Ambrose makes his way onto either Raw or SmackDown.
And when he does, it's likely not going to take him very long to become one of WWE's best heels.
As I'm sure you've heard by now, Ambrose is arguably the top overall talent in FCW right now, and he's expected to make a lot of noise on the main roster in the not-so-distant future.
What better way to do that than to immediately place him into a program and/or match with John Cena?
As mentioned before, Cena needs some fresh feuds, and Ambrose certainly gives him that.
We've never seen these two wrestlers feud before, and given how good Ambrose already is, this is a main event caliber feud and match just waiting to happen.
I think we'll see it at some point. The only question is: When?
4. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes is arguably my favorite superstar right now, and it's simply because of how ridiculously talented he is.
The creative team certainly hasn't been very kind to him lately, but whenever he gets out of that rut, he needs to be immediately propelled to the main event scene.
Rhodes has gotten just about everything he can out of the mid-card, so it's time for him to head to the main event and tangle with the big boys.
One feud and/or match that I'd love to see Rhodes have is against John Cena.
Although we've seen these two in the ring together many times before, most of their matches together took place three years ago when Rhodes was still green and not nearly as developed as he is today.
Now that Rhodes has developed into one of the WWE's top heels, however, it's time to capitalize on that by putting him in main event level feuds.
He's already had one with Randy Orton. Next up: John Cena.
3. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler and John Cena have already had multiple singles matches against one another, and I learned one thing from each of them: I want more.
It's no secret that I think Ziggler is one of the top three or four in-ring workers in the WWE, an amazing seller and bumper who can make just about any opponent look good.
It's also no secret that he's been booked like absolute crap lately.
But I do think that'll change sooner or later, and it's likely that we will see a full-fledged feud between Cena and Ziggler down the road.
I'm not even asking for that much, though. All I need to see is a 20-minute match between these two.
Why? Because whenever Ziggler's in the ring with a top star, magic happens.
He tore the house down with CM Punk on multiple occasions over the last year and did the same with Orton. It likely wouldn't be much different with Cena.
2. The Undertaker
The Undertaker vs. John Cena has happened before, but not since Cena became the face of professional wrestling.
The last time I can recall seeing these two in the ring together was way back in 2006, but that was on an episode of Raw.
We want—scratch that—we have to see Cena vs. Undertaker on pay-per-view before Taker hangs up his boots for good.
The obvious way to make this happen is to let these two battle it out at WrestleMania 29 in what would be one of the biggest WrestleMania matches ever.
I actually wouldn't be surprised if this happened, but quite frankly, it's likely going to be one of the WWE's last, if not the last, opportunities to make this epic encounter happen.
Undertaker probably doesn't have more than another Mania match or two left in him, so we may not get to see this match, although I I would obviously love to.
1. Daniel Bryan
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Do I want to see Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena? Yes!
Do I think it would be awesome? Yes!
Do I think it will actually happen? Yes!
Much like CM Punk in 2011, Daniel Bryan has become the hottest act in pro wrestling in 2012, and I think it's a safe bet that he's going to remain a top star for the foreseeable future.
Bryan has already feuded with Sheamus and is now feuding with Punk, so that means he's got another two top baby faces to feud with: Randy Orton and John Cena.
If Orton isn't next up on Bryan's list, I wouldn't be even remotely surprised if Bryan's next major feud and/or match was with Cena.
The WWE is going to have to capitalize on Bryan while he's not, and there's no better way to do that than to put him in a feud with the face of the company.
I'd expect to see Bryan vs. Cena at some point in 2012.