John Cena: Reliving Every PPV Clean Loss Since Winning His First WWE Title

Adrian Fylonenko@@AdrianFyloFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2013

John Cena: Reliving Every PPV Clean Loss Since Winning His First WWE Title

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    John Cena has been one of the most scrutinized and hated WWE babyfaces of all time because of his bland humor, poor wrestling skills and the fact that he fails to lose cleanly on a consistent basis.

    Despite being a fan, I must admit that Cena has been noticeably protected for the past decade. It makes sense that the WWE protects their biggest cash cow and makes him look like a superhero to younger viewers, but the way he loses matches is a bit ridiculous.

    Cena made his WWE debut in 2002 and won his first WWE Title in 2005 after defeating JBL at WrestleMania 21. Since then he's been carrying the WWE on his shoulders and has competed in a number of memorable matches over the years.

    In wrestling, a clean loss/finish means: a match ending without cheating or outside interference.

    Like every other Superstar in the WWE, John Cena loses matches. It'd be almost impossible to locate every single clean loss Cena has had in his career, but I was able to research all of the clean losses Cena has suffered at PPVs since winning his first WWE Title in 2005.


1. WrestleMania 24: John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H

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    At WrestleMania 24, Randy Orton had the odds against him when he defended his WWE Title in a Triple Threat match against John Cena and Triple H.

    After an extremely entertaining fourteen minutes that was dominated by Cena and Triple H, the Game hit an emphatic Pedigree and went for the cover on Cena. Out of nowhere, Orton punted Triple H in the head while he was covering Cena.

    Orton pinned Cena, cleanly, and retained his WWE Title much to the surprise of the WWE fans in attendance that night.

    As opposed to singles matches, triple threat matches do a better job of protecting top WWE Superstars if they need to take a pin-fall. This was the case for John Cena at WrestleMania 24.

2. Backlash 2008: John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. JBL

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    At Backlash 2008, Randy Orton defended his WWE Title against John Cena, Triple H and JBL in a Fatal 4-Way match.

    Cena managed to get the first elimination by making JBL tap out to the STF. While still applying the STF to JBL, Randy Orton found the perfect opportunity and kicked Cena in the head. Orton proceeded to pin Cena for the three count.

    Of course, Cena was protected by having three other Superstars in the match, but that doesn't take away from Cena being pinned cleanly by Orton and getting eliminated sooner than expected at Backlash 2008.

    This was the second time Cena lost a WWE Title match by being punted in the head by Randy Orton. No wonder their feud was so great!

3. Night of Champions 2008: John Cena vs. Triple H

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    There are a lot of WWE Superstars who have a tough time losing cleanly, but I guarantee all of those wrestlers have one thing in common—they've all lost to Triple H at least once.

    The IWC pictured the King of Kings sitting on his throne not with a staff, but with a golden shovel in hand. So of course John Cena would have a clean loss after feuding with The Game.

    At Night of Champions 2008, Triple H and John Cena had a better than expected match that was entertaining from start to finish. The match ended after Trips hit the Pedigree and pinned Cena cleanly.

    It seems like the Pedigree is one of the only finishers Cena has a tough time kicking out of, huh? I wonder which Superstar fans would get behind in a match between John Cena and Triple H nowadays?

4. Great American Bash 2008: John Cena vs. JBL

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    John Cena won his first WWE Championship by defeating JBL back in 2005. Four years later, the wrestling God was able to get his revenge at the Great American Bash 2008.

    Cena and JBL always had compelling and interesting matches throughout their feud and their New York City Parking Lot Brawl was no different.

    Of course, Cena dominated nearly the entire match, but that was until JBL took things a little too far. The wrestling God threw Cena off the stage onto the front of a car parked in the outside area next to the ramp.

    JBL pinned Cena on top of the car and since it was a Parking Lot Brawl, JBL did not break the rules and there was no interference in the match either. Therefore, this resulted in another clean loss for John Cena.

5. SummerSlam 2008: John Cena vs. Batista

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    At SummerSlam 2008, Batista showed the world his dominance by defeating a very game John Cena. Both Superstars were crowd favorites and have always put on impressive matches with one another, mainly due to their undeniable strength.

    Towards the end of the match, Cena did what he usually does and kicked out of Batista's finisher, the Batista Bomb. However, this time, Cena was not able to recover and mount a comeback.

    Batista was furious after Cena was able to kick out of the Batista Bomb, so he delivered it a second time and got the victory. 

    WWE fans know John Cena will never give up and never surrender, but being manhandled by Batista was too much for Super Cena and he suffered yet another clean loss.

    At SummerSlam 2008, he just couldn't fight back anymore.

6. TLC 2009: John Cena vs. Sheamus

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    John Cena isn't known for putting a lot of Superstars over, but at WWE TLC 2009, the Dr. of Thuganomics did just that.

    Cena and WWE newcomer Sheamus were involved in a Tables match that shocked the world, including Jerry the King Lawler, who was in disbelief after the match was over with.

    Both Cena and Sheamus were on the top turnbuckle dishing out punches left and right. All of a sudden, Sheamus pushes off Cena and while Sheamus falls off the turnbuckle onto the floor, Cena crashes straight through a table.

    The crowd at WWE TLC 2009 was completely silent after watching their hero lose the WWE Title to a rookie.

7. WrestleMania 28: John Cena vs. The Rock

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    At WrestleMania 28, WWE fans witnessed history when John Cena squared off with The Rock for the first time. Surprisingly, John Cena seemed to be the favorite to win the match-up.

    From start to finish, there was no funny business going on in the match. No cheating and no interference. Cena wasn't attacked by the Shield or two WWE Superstars disguised in black masks.

    After a less than spectacular back-and-forth match filled with submissions and rest holds, John Cena had the match won, but made a mistake which led to a Rock Bottom and a clean loss at WrestleMania 28.

    The loss caused Cena's career to go on a downward spiral (sort of), but he got his ultimate redemption by defeating The Rock at WrestleMania 29.


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    According to the Internet Wrestling Database, John Cena has wrestled a total of 638 matches and has a winning percentage of 66.5 percent. This includes both PPV and non PPV matches.

    The funny thing is, there are a number of current and former WWE Superstars who have a better winning percentage than Cena, but for some reason, fans (IWC) don't give them the nickname of "super".

    Below are ten interesting names that have a better winning percentage than Cena and while they may have competed in fewer matches, you may be surprised by the Superstars who have a better record than Super Cena.


    Ultimate Warrior - 89.2 win percentage (139 matches)

    Lex Luger - 83.2 win percentage (101 matches)

    Ryback - 81.6 win percentage (103 matches)

    Jake Roberts - 78.5 win percentage (219 matches)

    Jim Duggan - 76.1 win percentage (276 matches)

    Bobby Lashley - 75.6 win percentage (119 matches)

    Bret Hart - 72.1 win percentage (359 matches)

    Randy Savage - 70.9 win percentage (196 matches)

    KoKo B Ware - 70.1 win percentage (144 matches)

    Shawn Michaels - 67.6 win percentage (562 matches)


    Hornswoggle (71.4 percent), Seth Rollins (69.7 percent) and Dean Ambrose (67.5 percent) all have a better win percentages than Cena as well, but have competed in less than 100 official WWE matches.


    What are some other notable clean losses that John Cena has suffered? Sound off in the comments section below.


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