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WWE: Ranking John Cena's 10 Greatest Matches

Andre HarrisonCorrespondent INovember 5, 2010

WWE: Ranking John Cena's 10 Greatest Matches

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    Hello Bleacher Reporters, Andre Harrison here with another Harrison's Analysis.

    In this edition, a preview to Survivor Series, we will be taking a look at the ever-polarizing John Cena. The nine-time world champion has been around for eight years now. I've gone through the archives and picked out what I believe to be Cena's very best matches in that span.

    So, let's have a look at the very best of the leader of Nex-...I mean, Cenation's matches.

    It's the Top 10 John Cena matches, with a Harrison Analysis!

10. John Cena vs. Umaga, Last Man Standing, Royal Rumble 2007

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    Man, do I miss Umaga.

    This was, in my opinion, the best match of his career and he delivered tenfold, maximising his legitimacy as a genuine monster against Cena, who used intensity and some great spots to make this a really entertaining, physical match.

    Also, bonus credit for the finish—I’ve never seen someone literally choked out via broken ring ropes. Strange, eh?

    Harrison Match Rating: **** Stars

9. Edge vs. John Cena, TLC Match for the WWE Championship, Unforgiven 2006

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    Another brutal match, only this time it was at the prime of Edge's career with Lita, as he had to defend his Rated-R Championship against John Cena in his first-ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match.

    This match didn't have the same storytelling aspects that Umaga’s Last Man Standing did, but man, the spots here were off the charts, and it also provided one of the greatest spots in WWE history.

    In case you forgot, Cena gave Edge an attitude adjustment...off a ladder, through two tables, 12 feet in the air. You'll never see that kind of action in a WWE ring ever again, in light of the WWE's new PG rating, but still a great match from both guys.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** Stars


8. John Cena vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels, Backlash 2007

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    This was a phenomenal match, and it showed why all four men (yes, even bitch-ass Orton) deserve to be in the upper echelon of the WWE. It was well-paced, action-packed, and filled with tense moments that made you wonder who was going to pick up the win.

    I expected Cena to win, but I think the way it happened was absolutely genius.

    Shawn had Cena beat after the superkick, but Cena was just fortunate enough to land on top of Orton, otherwise his title would have been lost. It added great tension to the Cena/Michaels feud, and even though the WWE blew it by having Cena start feuding with Khali, it was immensely intriguing at the time. This was a fun match and a great way to cap off a great PPV.

    Kind of a shame that Edge and Orton never really looked like believable winners, but the action was still electric.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** Stars


7. John Cena vs. Batista, WWE Championship Match, Wrestlemania XXVI

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    Call me stupid, but I really enjoyed this match. There’s something about that big-match feeling during this bout, and the fact these two delivered a match that was so much more than what I was expecting.

    Considering these were two big guys, that they had to follow more technical workers in Chris Jericho and Edge, and that they got less time and still did better, is quite an accomplishment. The work was very fun, the story was good and the crowd was really into this one, split right down the middle. It was very exciting to watch.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** Stars

6. John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels, Survivor Series 2009

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    Now for the matches a cut above four stars, and No. 6 is a prime example. Arguably the best opening to a match ever, as Shawn Michaels kicked Triple H’s head off five seconds in, while John Cena watched on in shock, selling the suspense perfectly.

    The match was outstanding, as the three went back and forth, getting their moments in.  HBK went through a table, and the eventual DX boys faced each other while Cena was ever-so-slightly drove a wedge between them.

    It’s just a real shame TNA’s Turning Point 2009 Main Event was also a triple threat, because TNA set the bar super-high, and, while this match couldn’t quite equal it, it was nonetheless superb in its own right.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** ¼ Stars

5. John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels, WWE Championship Match, Wrestlemania XXIII

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    Remember how I talked about the atmosphere of the Cena/Batista Match? This was even better. The lines were blurry between these two to begin with, after HBK’s superkicking antics, not to mention that they were still tag team champions. In essence, HBK was meant to be the heel going into this, but the crowd was so split here it didn’t matter.

    This was just a great Main Event, top to bottom. HBK always steps it up at Wrestlemania, and John Cena’s resume at the event has always been solid. The result is 25-plus minutes of sheer awesomeness. Go check it out, for real.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** ¼ Stars

4. John Cena vs. Randy Orton, I Quit Match, Breaking Point 2009

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    The rematch after Summerslam in which Cena was screwed by…Brett Dibiase. Right.

    This was one of the finest bits of storytelling you’ll ever see in a match. As far as moves, it might not have been spectacular, but the camerawork and the facials more than made up for it. Whoever conceived this match deserves a raise, because, I assure you, this was one of the best-executed matches of 2009.

    Orton had a game plan to torture Cena, and it nearly paid off, with Cena having to dig really deep before snapping to get his revenge. Orton as a psychotic heel is a thing of beauty, and Cena played it up perfectly.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** ¼ Stars

3. John Cena vs. Batista, Last Man Standing Match, Extreme Rules 2010

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    These two already had a great match, but then throw Last Man Standing gimmick in and you get…an ABSOLUTE WAR. Tables everywhere, attitude adjustments on chairs, announcer desks everywhere, and duct tape?

    All right, but seriously, I adored that finish. Those two had been knocking lumps into each other for over 20 minutes. Cena used his brains to out-do Batista. That was damn clever!

    This match was fantastic, brutal and made total sense. It was one really worth watching.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** ¼ Stars

2. John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Iron Man Match, Bragging Rights 2009

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    Let’s see here: two RKOs; two attitude adjustments, one from the top rope, and another AT THE SAME TIME, a dream street; a Kofi Kingston mini-push; blood; and Cena getting pushed through a stage-lighting system…all in the first 25 minutes. Yeah, this match was freaking awesome!

    To go one hour is hard enough, but to book it so that it doesn’t drag and stays entertaining is no easy task. Make no mistake that these two are two of the best the WWE have, and this match is a testament to that.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** ½ Stars


1. John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels, RAW 2007

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    Was there any other choice? After their fantastic match at Wrestlemania, they had a non-title rematch on RAW in London that went…56 minutes?! These two put on an absolute clinic in one of the best matches that’s ever taken place in my beautiful country.

    I would know, I was there, live, and I was shocked and awed by it all.

    Without question, this is the best match in John Cena’s career, and if you’re one of those smarks who criticizes his ability in the ring, go watch this match. It’s old-school brilliance and arguably a top-10 career match for HBK as well--quite a statement considering the career he’s had.

    Harrison Match Rating: **** ¾ Stars

    Any other suggestions? Was I wrong? Did I miss something or overrate something? Let me know in the description. I'm Andre Harrison. Thank you for reading, and sayonara!

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