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John Cena

# 45. John Cena

73 points (6 out of 43 lists)
Highest Rating: Scotsman at #2

Real Name: John Felix Anthony Cena
(In)Famous Gimmicks: Prototype

John Cena, one of the internet’s most-hated current wrestlers, comes in at number 45.

I’ve never understood the Cena hate, as the guy has been solid since day-one in the WWE. He has always done a stand-up job, and I can’t think of a time where hasn’t given 100 percent and done whatever has been asked of him.

Is he the greatest technical wrestler these days? Of course not. Is he a high-flying acrobat? No. But he is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic guys around today, and can put on a fantastic main event match. Cena’s last year before his injury was a lot like Steve Austin at the end of his run. He wasn’t the best wrestler at the time, but he could tell a fantastic story in a main event brawl, and that’s all most fans ask for.

The typical wrestling fan loves John Cena. If I’m at a bar on a Monday night and Raw is on TV, people go batshit for Cena.

Cena-Haters will have to get used to him being in the limelight, as he’s going to be around for a long, long time. The guy has been groomed to be THE face of the WWE for the next 5 years, and he seems up to the task.

He starred in The Marine, he’s scheduled to be the lead in the next WWE Films flick, and appears on TV whenever asked of. For the amount of pressure put on Cena, you have to give him credit for the way he’s handled it. And you have to give him credit for not bitching and crying when he was getting booed out of every building in North America. He’s been a true professional. Really, how many WWE Champions would lose to Kevin Federline? Not many.

Cena made his WWF debut in an unusual fashion. Kurt Angle had been challenging the locker room for months, defeating wrestler after wrestle. Then one day, a plucky young rookie from OVW came through the curtains. I loved how Michael Cole actually acted like he knew who Cena was. If they did the “Who the heck is this guy?”, I don’t think it would have worked. It was a fantastic debut, with Cena even kicking out of the Angle Slam. Cena lost, but would stick around on Smackdown and gain credibility with the fans.

However, the plucky face wasn’t Cena’s thing. It was almost like Rocky Maivia all over again. Like The Rock, Cena first began being noticed when he developed an attitude. He started rapping and became a cocky heel. Much like The Rock, he used comedy to get himself over. And also like Rocky, eventually the fans began cheering for heel-Cena and he quickly became a face.

Cena’s first big moment (no pun intended) came at WrestleMania XX, as he F-U’ed the Big Show en route to a U.S. Title Win. The fans were already going crazy for Cena, and it was only a matter of time before he was “the guy”.

One year later, he was WWE Champion.

Was there any doubt he'd win after this entrance?

For two and a half years, Cena was the WWE. Interviews with various wrestlers on Off the Record and other non-kayfabe segments have shown they all have a tremendous amount of respect for Cena. They know that his schedule is insane, and that it isn’t easy being John Cena. In addition to being on the road each night, he makes countless charity appearances. Kids love John Cena, and it appears as though he loves being their hero.

At the height of the anti-Cena movement, crowds were split nearly 50-50. The majority of males hated the guy, and you could hear a low-pitched “boo” throughout every arena. However, that low “boo” was often over-powered by high-pitched squealing. Not only were the kids cheering for Cena, the women were also. Chicks love John Cena. To quote my sister… “He’s hot. I like to look at him.”

The anti-Cena movement has died down in the past year, and his injury should level even more of the haters. Hopefully the majority of WWE fans have outgrown the “it’s cool to boo Cena phase”, and they can appreciate the work he’s done over the past couple of years. He’s had some fantastic matches, and I think they’ve been overshadowed.

Regardless, there are definitely some patients of The Doctor of Thuganomics on NPP. Whether it’s kids, women, or a bunch of guys on an internet message board… John Cena has fans. He’s number 45 on NPP’s Greatest Wrestlers of All-Time.

Video

June 27th, 2002 – John Cena vs. Kurt Angle (Cena’s WWE Debut)

Major Titles

- 3 time WWE World Champion
- 3 time WWE United States Champion
- 1 time WWE Tag Team Champion (Shawn Michaels)

Where Are They Now: Cena is currently injured, with a torn pec. He has been out since the beginning of October 2007, and is expected to return in late-spring.

Did Ya Know: Cena has made a number of television appearances over the past few years, but one of the strangest was as a judge. Cena, a guy who has released a rap CD, appeared as a guest judge on an episode of the country-singing reality show Nashville Star.



Comments:

  1. Scotsman's Avatar Scotsman says:

    Unbelievable. Star Wars manages to break the top ten in our movie list, yet John Cena struggles to even make the top 50???? What the fuck is wrong with you NPP? You are all a bunch of miserable fucking failures, and anyone who didn't put him in their top five deserve to die.

    You're all a fucking joke.

  2. juices_world's Avatar juices_world says:

    RAAAAAPAAAADOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

  3. buckdiddy's Avatar buckdiddy says:

    [ame="http://youtube.com/watch?v=PvP_4pZslBI"]YouTube - John Cena Rap on Brock Lesnar[/ame]

  4. Brando's Avatar Brando says:

    Wow, seriously? #45... Like I'm not Scotsman or anything but I would probably put him in the top 10 if just for being able to have a good match with THE GREAT FUCKING KHALI!

  5. buckdiddy's Avatar buckdiddy says:

    Also, I had him at 16. He will move up the ranks as time goes on.

  6. buckdiddy's Avatar buckdiddy says:

    [ame="http://youtube.com/watch?v=GMCzovPb5mw&feature=related"]YouTube - John Cena Royal Rumble Rap (2003)[/ame]

  7. WT's Avatar WT says:

    I like John, I really do, but this was top wrestlers of ALL TIME, and I had a bunch of combatants that moved him down the list. Blame Iron Sheik for his falling from my top 25.

  8. Nibbles's Avatar Nibbles says:

    First time I saw Cena was on a documentary on starters in pro wrestling on an airplane.

  9. Taff's Avatar Taff says:

    I think I forgot him, I cant remember my list

  10. Shaolin's Avatar Shaolin says:

    This is a letdown. WAY TOO LOW MOTHERFUCKERS.

  11. Yay somebody on my list.

  12. Guapo77's Avatar Guapo77 says:

    I actually had him at #1 on my list, but then I deducted a spot lower every time I remembered he made a stupid gay joke about another wrestler.

    He currently resides at #2,321.

  13. JoeyAt75's Avatar JoeyAt75 says:

    To me 45 is the perfect spot for Cena. In 5 years time he will likely be a top 20 and if all goes well at the end of his career he'd be hedging the top 10.

    Of course when La parka is 48 it does seem sort of askew.

  14. Skooch's Avatar Skooch says:

    I didn't list him, but I also don't think I listed any wrestler that started in the big times 5 years ago. I've been a wrestling fan for 20 years, and there are a lot of bigger names that need representation on this list before Cena. That being said, this is the perfect spot for Cena.

  15. slaptastic78's Avatar slaptastic78 says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by buckdiddy View Post
    Now if he stayed like that, then he would've been higher on mine. I still remember when he said that the tatoo on Brocks back was his mother, the oooooooooooooh's from the crowd were tremendous.

  16. Guapo77's Avatar Guapo77 says:

    He did a fantastic rap against the Undertaker when they feuded, I think it was like done on one of his burning symbols.

    Early Cena was tremendously WORLD RANKED because he was unique and his raps were well thought out.

    Then he got popular and that was that.

  17. AlanOB's Avatar AlanOB says:

    The problem wasn't that he got popular.

    The problem was that he was toned down to appeal to children and became lame and derivative.

    Need I remind you of "Deez Nuts?"

  18. Stixx's Avatar Stixx says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Scotsman View Post
    You are all a bunch of miserable fucking failures, and anyone who didn't put him in their top five deserve to die.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NPP Front Page/YRD
    To quote my sister… “He’s hot. I like to look at him.”


    LOLOL

  19. Taff's Avatar Taff says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NPP Front Page View Post
    Highest Rating: <strong>Scotsman </strong>at #2
    WTF???

    2???????????//

  20. Bossman

  21. AlanOB's Avatar AlanOB says:

    I would have thought Russ Haas.

  22. Marky Mark

  23. shanon's Avatar shanon says:

    Ken Anderson?

  24. He can be on my top 50 list anytime he wants. Mmm...deez nuts-licious.

  25. Osiris's Avatar Osiris says:

    ....licious.

  26. manbooba's Avatar manbooba says:

    It looks like I have to give out my first for the countdown. What a terrible choice.

  27. Stixx's Avatar Stixx says:

    Honestly I thought he'd place higher, due to Scotsman alone. Don't get me wrong, Cena was nowhere near close to being on my list... five, ten years down the line? Maybe. Now? Not a chance. And he was in a couple of my favorite matches from last year (LMS vs. Umaga, 55 mins vs. HBK on Raw) but there's no way at this juncture I would consider him.

  28. Scotsman's Avatar Scotsman says:

    I can't wait to see your list once this is all over, so I can point out why John Cena is better than every fucking one of them.

    If you put Umaga on your list and not Cena I hope you die.

  29. Stixx's Avatar Stixx says:

    There is absolutely no way Umaga would not be on my list.


    And realistically, wouldn't this be the latest in a string of things over the last four and a half years you've wanted me to die for?

  30. Shaolin's Avatar Shaolin says:

    This board lacks 3 major things...

  31. Cena AND Umanga made my list.

  32. Scotsman's Avatar Scotsman says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stixx View Post
    There is absolutely no way Umaga would not be on my list.

  33. WT's Avatar WT says:

    Quote:
    Cena AND Umanga made my list.
    And neither one made mine. It's a weird world.

  34. Stixx's Avatar Stixx says:

    I have been far more entertained by Umaga during his run then Cena during his. Therefore, Umaga makes my list and Cena does not.


    Even CP Munk made my list LOL!

  35. Osiris's Avatar Osiris says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WT View Post
    And neither one made mine. It's a weird world.
    We need a QFMFGDYBYLDBT! emoticon.

  36. Ormie's Avatar Ormie says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WT View Post
    I like John, I really do, but this was top wrestlers of ALL TIME, and I had a bunch of combatants that moved him down the list.
    Same here. I own and love the John Cena Word Life DVD, rapping John Cena was , "Deez Nuts" and "Y2Cheap" Cena? DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST. He was on my shortlist but just can't compete with the greats like the Ultimate Warrior.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TheGuapo77 View Post
    Early Cena was tremendously WORLD RANKED because he was unique and his raps were well thought out.

    Then he got popular and that was that.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NPP Front Page View Post
    And you have to give him credit for not bitching and crying when he was getting booed out of every building in North America. He’s been a true professional. Really, how many WWE Champions would lose to Kevin Federline? Not many.
    Completly true. I respect Cena (as long as I forget that Larry King "biased towards entertainers" which is x cubed)- he works his ass off, seemed to almost enjoy half the fans loving him while the other half hated him and takes care of his fans....which he has a lot of.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Taff View Post
    WTF???

    2???????????//
    If not Marky Mark it's gotta be Piper.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stixx View Post
    Even CP Munk made my list LOL!

  37. Nibbles's Avatar Nibbles says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AlanOB View Post
    The problem wasn't that he got popular.

    The problem was that he was toned down to appeal to children and became lame and derivative.

    Need I remind you of "Deez Nuts?"

    It was right when he started his feud with Bradshaw for the championship. I remember him rushing the ring with a metal bar and clearing Bradshaw and his cabinet. Thats when I remember him going from cocky to 'stone cold'.

  38. slaptastic78's Avatar slaptastic78 says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cheekbone View Post
    This board lacks 3 major things...
    HUSTLE

    LOYAL

    RESPECT

    (DONTWORRY CHEEKBONE, IWONTLETUHANG)

  39. Marky Mark's Avatar Marky Mark says:

    If I did beat Cena on the Scotsman list then I should gotta be on this top 50 somewhere

  40. robelgordo's Avatar robelgordo says:

    I've never even seen John Cena wrestle. Although I've heard a few of his rhymes.

  41. Hun's Avatar Hun says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stixx View Post
    There is absolutely no way Umaga would not be on my list.
    HOLLA!

  42. shanon's Avatar shanon says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Marky Mark View Post
    If I did beat Cena on the Scotsman list then I should gotta be on this top 50 somewhere

  43. Marky Mark's Avatar Marky Mark says:

    Yeah sorry, even I re-read that today and don't know what I was talking about. My bad

  44. AlanOB's Avatar AlanOB says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Nibbles View Post
    It was right when he started his feud with Bradshaw for the championship. I remember him rushing the ring with a metal bar and clearing Bradshaw and his cabinet. Thats when I remember him going from cocky to 'stone cold'.
    You're right actually, that was the turning point.

    From entertaining cocky heel to cliched superman whose favourite song might as well have been Phil Collins' "Against All Odds".

    They could book him against Full Blown AIDS and Terminal Cancer in a three way dance and he'd still win.

  45. toptenguy's Avatar toptenguy says:

    Cena is the GUS HANSEN of wrestling, since he always OVERCOMES THE ODDS!!

  46. shanon's Avatar shanon says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Marky Mark View Post
    Yeah sorry, even I re-read that today and don't know what I was talking about. My bad
    actually i was kinda sorta wondering who you are.

  47. Guapo77's Avatar Guapo77 says:

    YOUR TIME IS UP MY TIME IS NOW

    YOU CAN'T SEE ME I'M #45 NOW!

    IT'S WAY TOO LOW SCOTMAN'S WHINING NOW!

    YOU CAN'T SEE ME I'M #45 NOW!

  48. coolhandluke's Avatar coolhandluke says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shanon View Post
    actually i was kinda sorta wondering who you are.
    [ame="http://youtube.com/watch?v=q2RWIKKP7Fw"]http://youtube.com/watch?v=q2RWIKKP7Fw[/ame]

  49. Shaolin's Avatar Shaolin says:

    I know its been said before, but the music makes that video.

  50. Guapo77's Avatar Guapo77 says:

    Scott Keith has great taste in wardrobe. How on earth can you wear something like that? Even to a wrestling event?

  51. Vernitis's Avatar Vernitis says:

    I love how he wore that shirt and tucked it into his jeans. That's class you can't teach Guapo.

  52. Boner's Avatar Boner says:

    He couldn't possibly be comfortable in that shirt.

  53. Guapo77's Avatar Guapo77 says:

    I know people that have bad taste in clothes
    I know people that have awful atrocious haircuts
    I know people that have a really huge gut

    But to put all three of them into one is some combination of epic proportions.

  54. AlanOB's Avatar AlanOB says:

    This guy is married.

    THIS GUY.

    If he ends up having kids it will surely be the greatest genetic miscarraige of justice of our time.

    Darwin will turn in his grave.

  55. Boner's Avatar Boner says:

    I think Jodie would just give birth to a Big Mac.

  56. AlanOB's Avatar AlanOB says:

    So Fat Wrestling "Writer" + Whale = Big Mac

    And Big Black Nigger + Old Woman = BIG HAND

    I smell a thesis.

  57. coolhandluke's Avatar coolhandluke says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AlanOB View Post
    This guy is married.

    THIS GUY.

    If he ends up having kids it will surely be the greatest genetic miscarraige of justice of our time.

    Dawinr will turn in his grave.

  58. Marky Mark's Avatar Marky Mark says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shanon View Post
    actually i was kinda sorta wondering who you are.
    Oh.. well since I don't know who you are either... just ask someone to see who I am. I would do the same for you, but I'm sure no one else has any idea either.

  59. Vernitis's Avatar Vernitis says:

    How apropos for that avatar that Marky Mark just said "I KNOW U R BUT WHAT AM I?"

  60. Guapo77's Avatar Guapo77 says:

    Let me introduce you both

    shanon, this is Marky Mark a 50 lb wrestler that is friends with Scotsman and wrestles for Stampede Wrestling in Canada

    Marky Mark, this is shanon, a long time staple of Scotsmanality history that was banned in the IL days for PERSONAL INFO~~~ or something or other
    Also noted for busting open the Matthew Golden case.

  61. AlanOB's Avatar AlanOB says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TheGuapo77 View Post
    a 50 lb wrestler

  62. manbooba's Avatar manbooba says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vernitis View Post
    How apropos for that avatar that Marky Mark just said "I KNOW U R BUT WHAT AM I?"

  63. Marky Mark's Avatar Marky Mark says:

    Well then, it's a pleasure to meet you. If only I got introduced to everyone before the voting began... shit.

  64. Guapo77's Avatar Guapo77 says:

    I still can't get over the Scott Keith video

    HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THAT?

  65. robelgordo's Avatar robelgordo says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TheGuapo77 View Post
    I know people that have bad taste in clothes
    I know people that have awful atrocious haircuts
    I know people that have a really huge gut

    But to put all three of them into one is some combination of epic proportions.
    QFTMFALGTET

    If you're fat you should never wear shorts in public. Ever. 110 degrees? Get some jeans on fatty.

    And the haircut looks even worse in profile.

    On the plus side, I always thought Keith was even fatter. So there's something.

  66. juices_world's Avatar juices_world says:

    You guys have obviously never been to Canada. That's what they ALL look like/dress like. Corner Gas is not a sitcom, it is a documentary. I watched An Evening With Kevin Smith 2, and he does one interview in Canada and one in London. The people in Canada were all hideous; while the people in London were all quite tasty (until they smiled LULZ - but seriously never has the Canadians overall ugliness been underscored).

  67. Taff's Avatar Taff says:

    Most of the people at the Kevin Smith thing in London were hideous hags, like that chick who worked in a comic shop and the girl who talked about fanny fun.

  68. Osiris's Avatar Osiris says:

    Would you like a portion?

    Also, fat people wear shorts 365 around here. I much prefer trying to hide some shit but most of them are married so what do they care?

  69. manbooba's Avatar manbooba says:

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Osiris View Post
    Would you like a portion?

    Also, fat people wear shorts 365 around here. I much prefer trying to hide some shit but most of them are married so what do they care?
    I have no idea what you're talking about.

  70. I'm a big guy, and I wear shorts. But then again I'm married so I stopped having to impress people years ago.

  71. daycru's Avatar daycru says:

    No one's gotten laid in cargo shorts since Viet Nam.

  72. Osiris's Avatar Osiris says:

    I get laid in cargo shorts all the time. You just get them two sizes too big and find a skinny girl. Its not rocket surgery.

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