Power Ranking All of John Cena's WrestleMania Matches
It doesn't matter what you think of him—John Cena's WrestleMania record is pretty impressive.
Heading into his 11th Mania show at WrestleMania XXX next month, Cena has won seven and lost on just three occasions. That is pretty good going.
The majority of those have been title matches too, meaning he has picked up an incredible amount of gold at such a prestigious pay-per-view.
Whilst some have been downright poor, many of Cena's showings at WrestleMania have been pretty special, too.
With that in mind, let's have a look at all of John Cena's WrestleMania matches—from worst to best. Matches are ranked on a number of reasons, including caliber of opponent, quality of match and right through to the hype surrounding the match.
10. Lost vs. the Miz (WMXVII)
We start with a match that will surely be one of the most forgettable main events in WrestleMania history—John Cena vs. The Miz.
In years gone by, many people will forget the fact that The Miz actually headlined WrestleMania, let alone beat John Cena. He only got the win because John Cena was attacked by The Rock to enable The Miz to sneak a win.
But even before that, the match just felt like a total mess. The initial result was both men knocking each other out, leading to a double countout. How that idea even came about in a WrestleMania main event is anyone's guess.
The Rock restarted proceedings, but the whole affair just didn't appeal at all. Perhaps further down the card it would have been slightly more at home—especially when you consider it was higher on the card than Triple H's epic contest with The Undertaker.
All in all, it has to rank as John Cena's most unappealing and uninteresting match at WrestleMania.
9. Won vs. Big Show (WMXX)
John Cena's WrestleMania debut is next up on the list—a show which is perhaps most fondly remembered for the atrocity that was Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar.
Cena opened the show on this occasion, when he managed to beat Big Show for the United States Championship.
The fact he opened the show—and was a relative newcomer at the time—automatically places this effort further down the list. As well as that, it was far from the best match you're ever likely to see at WrestleMania.
It was a time when John Cena was at home using his signature chain as a weapon—although that was confiscated during the match. He did however manage to find a pair of brass knuckles from somewhere—hitting Show with them before laying him out for the win.
Much like many matches that are ranked No. 9 out of 10 on a list—it really did lack the wow factor you expect from WrestleMania.
8. Won vs. Batista (WMXXVI)
This was never going to capture the imagination, given perhaps the finest WrestleMania match of all time followed it. However, John Cena vs. Batista just didn't deliver on plenty of levels.
It was technically uninspiring, and it was a pretty dismal effort from both men. It was almost inevitable that Cena was going to win throughout—a poor flaw in many of his matches these days.
The buildup was pretty poor, leading to a disappointing amount of hype around the match. Plenty of other things on the card almost seemed to top it, too. The 10-man Money in the Bank ladder match was fantastic, as was Chris Jericho vs. Edge.
Combine that with a match that didn't even go 15 minutes—disappointing for a championship match, it has to be said—and you have one of John Cena's poorer efforts at WrestleMania.
7. Won vs. John Bradshaw Layfield (WM21)
Just a year after opening the show, Cena found himself in the penultimate match of the evening at WrestleMania 21.
He was going after the WWE Championship from John "Bradshaw" Layfield—and managed to win. It was another incredibly short affair—just over 11 minutes—and Cena was on the back foot for the majority of the match.
The main problem with this match, is that it was almost too high up on the card. You had an Undertaker vs. Randy Orton match that was pretty special—given the whole "Legend Killer" hype Orton had. Even a stunning Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels match was below Cena's attempt in 2005.
Like many of his matches that are low down on this list—a lack of technical superiority combined with poor placing on the card send this one toward the bottom.
6. Won vs. the Rock (WM29)
The match that was supposedly "once in a lifetime" took place a year later at WrestleMania 29—with Cena exacting revenge on The Rock to beat him at WrestleMania.
The fact it was a hugely anticipated rematch against one of the biggest stars of the modern era automatically ranks it above everything we've seen so far. Out of all Cena's WrestleMania matches, there are only a couple that had as much hype around them.
So why does it only come in at No. 6? Well, the match itself did tend to disappoint. It was all too similar to their bout a year before—albeit with a different ending, of course.
But it never really got going throughout unfortunately.
5. Won vs. Edge and Big Show (WMV)
To WrestleMania XXV, where Cena was again in the penultimate match of the evening—this time against two men.
Cena was one of the challengers, going up against Big Show and Edge, who was the champion. It was a pretty decent enough effort—backed up by an interesting storyline.
Vickie Guerrero had a vested interest in both Edge and Big Show at the time, which made for a bit of an alliance when the match begun—as they teamed up on Cena. However, that quickly disintegrated.
Like most times at WrestleMania though, Cena overcame the odds and managed to lift Edge and Show up in a pretty decent spot, before pinning the latter for the win.
A half-decent match, coupled with a couple of good opponents sits this match nicely in the middle.
4. Lost vs. Randy Orton and Triple H (WMXXIV)
Another triple threat match, but this time one that featured a rare John Cena loss at WrestleMania.
Cena, Randy Orton and Triple H definitely gave it their all at WrestleMania XXIV—and as a result, had a pretty good match.
It had some great back and forth throughout, with some pretty interesting spots. Orton hitting a crossbody from the top rope on Cena—who was sat on Triple H's shoulders—was a particularly good moment.
The match ended in decent fashion too—with Orton's patented punt to the head on Triple H sealing the win whilst he was trying to pin Cena.
Two excellent opponents and a pretty good spectacle means this match just misses out on the top three—but still, a good effort.
3. Lost vs. the Rock (WMVIII)
The original "once in a lifetime" makes the top three John Cena matches at WrestleMania.
It was a 33-minute main event that just about delivered on the absolutely huge hype it had received. The hype alone sends it above plenty of matches on this list—it was one of WrestleMania's biggest ever showpieces.
The fact it had such a long buildup only further served to whet the appetite—with most people genuinely unsure who would prevail—an excellent quality for a wrestling match.
Like the previous match, it had some excellent back and forth, too. Both men visibly gave it everything they had, before The Rock finally managed to pick up the win.
It's just a shame they didn't leave it there. Once in a lifetime would have been apt, rather than the timid second attempt.
2. Won vs. Triple H (WM22)
John Cena vs. Triple H was a fantastic main event to end a great WrestleMania 22 show.
Triple H had got to the point of facing Cena—who was the WWE Champion—by winning a huge Road to WrestleMania tournament in the weeks prior to the show. It is safe to say they didn't disappoint.
It was a classic WrestleMania main event, with lots of near falls and lots of action.
The entrances were big time—which aptly, was the tagline for the show—and the action didn't disappoint either.
The fact it was against Triple H—a WrestleMania legend—places it even higher on this list. However, it doesn't quite hit the pinnacle.
1. Won vs. Shawn Michaels (WM23)
WrestleMania 23—the show that is perhaps most famous for Donald Trump vs. Vince McMahon—or Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga, depending on which way you look at it.
However, the main event that year once again featured John Cena—and he and Shawn Michaels arguably competed in the match of the night.
They were tag team partners at the time, which added another superb level of intrigue to the match. Michaels had earned the right to have a shot at Cena's championship by becoming the No. 1 contender, and it made for a hugely exciting main event at Mania.
It has to be regarded as Cena's most enjoyable WrestleMania match. The fact he went up against Shawn Michaels is almost reason enough to give it that accolade—but they put on a real show.
There is a great spot where Michaels actually managed to hit a piledriver on Cena onto the steel steps. Even though Cena made HBK tap out, it doesn't excuse it the right to be called John Cena's greatest ever WrestleMania match.