So, Chavo Guerrero was ranting on twitter about how much he hates John Cena’s 12 world title reigns, and bitching about how he’s tired of seeing Cena as champion (not something Chavo’s really qualified to talk about, but I digress), so to celebrate this, I thought I’d leave Chavo this little gift. We’re going to count down Cena’s top title reigns in order of greatness. So, on with it!
#12: February 21st 2010
Cena was champion for all of about 5 minutes as Dave Batista cashed-in on his opportunity for a championship match at anytime, anywhere thanks to his assistance to Vince McMahon. While it was incredibly short, it gets point for leading to the great Batista/Cena feud.
Cena's 10th WWE Championship. First to hit double figures
#11: September 18th 2011-Present
He’s been champion for all of three days here an now, and still it’s better than at least one run. Not really much to say apart from I’m not a huge fan of him holding the belt at the present time, and I highly suspect that when the next PPV is over, he’ll no longer be champion.
#10: July 25th 2011-August 15th 2011
Cena wasn’t the only WWE Champion during this time frame either as Punk had just returned (like you didn’t know that seeing as it happened all of about two months ago). Cena’s victory was a sweet one, claiming the championship from Rey Mysterio in a good match, only to be overshadowed by Punk with his return moments later. Cena would fail to even defend or unify the belts successfully before defeat to Punk unified the belt…until Alberto Del Rio cashed-in to become champion that is.
#9: September 13th 2009-October 4th 2009
Kind of a weird one, it seemed this was given to Cena simply to make sure that Orton didn’t beat him for three consecutive PPV’s heading into their Iron Man Match at Bragging Rights (which is worth checking out). Cena’s victory was tremendous though as he triumphed over the devious Orton in a violent I-Quit match. The way he lost it was less impressive however as Orton toppled him inside Hell in a Cell at just over the 20 minute mark. Not really anything impressive, but at least he got to AA Orton on the top of the Cell on RAW one week.
#8:April 5th 2009-April 26th 2009
The final chapter in the pretty epic Edge/Cena feud that spanned the course of several years (though in reality it was 2006 and a bit in 2009). Cena’s claiming of the championship came at the 24th anniversary of WrestleMania (not 25th WWE) with a double AA to Edge and Big Show. A mighty impressive feat to be sure. Unfortunately for John, his reign was cut short when the Big Show through him into a light during a Last Man Standing match with Edge at Backlash later in the month. Just in case you didn’t know, electricity could not stop Cena and he would topple Show in their subsequent feud.
#7: March 28th 2010-June 20th 2010
Cena became champion at WrestleMania once more, only this time it came at the expense of Dave Batista, a former friend of Cena’s and a man who had a very similar rise to power as John’s. Cena’s title reign was filled with great defences against Batista and Batista…and Batista again (okay, he only defended it twice against him, but still…). Cena’s reign would end at the hands of the mighty Sheamus at the once in a forever PPV Fatal 4 Way, though it was really the Nexus that did the damage and helped Sheamus defeat Cena for the gold a second time. The first time that happened was…
Sheamus is Cena's unlucky opponenet.
#6: October 25th 2009-December 13th 2009
…at TLC. See what I did there? Anyway, in what was probably the shock of the decade, Sheamus, at the time a relative unknown, came, saw, and put Cena through a table to claim the WWE Championship. It kicked off what would become the youth movement of 2010 (which co-incidentally lead to the rise of The Nexus, The Miz and Alberto Del Rio, some of Cena’s top foes in recent memory). The reign however was filled with strong showings as Cena captured the belt by coming back from the brink of defeat to conquer Randy Orton once and for all as well as beating Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a Triple Threat match at Survivor Series that year. Not too bad.
#5: November 23rd 2008-February 15th 2009
Cena’s first of two World Heavyweight Championship reigns saw him return from neck surgery and pretty much annihilate Chris Jericho at Survivor Series in Boston. While a good match, the winner was never truly in doubt. The same could be said the following month when Cena again beat Jericho in another solid outing. Cena however was far from invincible and was bested by Shawn Michaels on RAW in the New Year and nearly again by JBL at the Royal Rumble. It was in fact Edge who would eventually de-rail Cena’s reign at No Way Out inside the Elimination Chamber in a shock move.
#4: April 3rd 2005-January 8th 2006
Seems odd for me to stick this reign so low, no? Well really, it was a fairly mediocre reign in the end of the day. With a number of victories of JBL, Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle, it was reasonably impressive, no doubt, but let’s be realistic, many have defeated Jericho, Cena beat JBL about 400 times (and in fact lost to him years later) and he Angle traded victories. It was impressive unquestionably, just not as impressive as some other points he’d achieve elsewhere.
#3: May 1st 2011-July 17th 2011
Ah yes, this was a deceptively good run. Cena was able to end the longest WWE Championship run of the last few years against the Miz, overcome Miz and Alex Riley at the same time, trounce R-Truth and have a genuinely classic match vs. CM Punk. John Cena proved earlier this year, without a shadow of a doubt that he’s a damn fine wrestler and deserves a lot of credit for making a lot of people look damn good. And to think, all of this happened a mere four or five months ago. How time flies.
Punk is yet another of Cena's bogeymen.
#2: January 29th 2006-June 11th 2006
John Cena’s second run at the top was one that saw him go into WrestleMania’s main event, and for the first time in six years, and only the second time ever, leave with the same championship he entered with. It also saw him take down Triple H in a forgotten match in Chicago, best remembered for it’s hokey entrances and mixed crowd. This run also saw John take out Edge and HHH at the same time and of course featured perhaps the most contrasting crowds ever at One Night Stand as he fought Rob Van Dam, and while Cena was shaken, he wasn’t stirred, still constructing a good match.
#1: September 17th 2006-October 2nd 2007
And of course, #1 has to be the longest WWE Championship reign this side of Hulk Hogan. With good-to-great match with the likes of Umaga, Edge, Orton, Khali, Michaels and Lashley all under his belt, was it ever in doubt that John Cena was the greatest wrestler of 2006 and 2007? This reign was amazing for many reasons. It was amazing that he lasted so long. It was amazing he got a good match out of the Great Khali. It was really amazing that he got the amazing backlash from the IWC that he did, but what really makes it amazing is how most have actually forgotten it, and it’s almost fallen into the cracks of time that plague Doctor Who. Great run, shame it’s forgotten.