John Cena Vs. Edge & 6 Other WrestleMania Matches Cena Should Have Had
For nearly twenty years, John Cena has been nothing short of the measuring stick for both legends and up and coming stars. The 16-time champion is one of the few of his generation that has had the honor and privilege of working with nearly every single major name, from Ric Flair, to most recently, Roman Reigns.
He’s also amassed a string of rivalries that helped to make him a far better star than some fans give him credit for. For some reason, plenty of his most popular and heated rivalries never made it to a one-on-one WrestleMania match.
7 Roman Reigns
The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns is on unmitigated fire right now both outside and inside of the ring. It was only natural that he would be able to vanquish John Cena and send him off of the island of relevancy at SummerSlam. Granted, WWE has been marketing The Hottest Party Of The Summer as WrestleMania-worthy for years now. But there is still nothing, absolutely nothing gearing up for a WrestleMania match, where matches between old and young lions generally take place.
6 Kurt Angle
WWE supposedly listens to its fans, the WWE Universe, right? They wanted it to happen, Kurt Angle wanted it to happen, so of course we all got the classic WrestleMania goodbye the Olympian deserved. A defeat at the hands of the man who Angle defeated in his debut match, John Cena.
You can’t write a better WrestleMania match, can you? Actually, perhaps you can – just ask Baron Corbin. Even though John Cena was in the building that night, returning as The Doctor Of Thugonomics, a collision course with Kurt Angle still didn’t happen.
5 Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar made his shocking return to WWE in 2012 and immediately was defeated by John Cena in his return match at Extreme Rule. Cena had said it himself in a recent interview gearing up for SummerSlam, he built Suplex City thanks to a Brock Lesnar thrashing at SummerSlam 2014. With the score evened at one match a piece, a WrestleMania-sized rubber match should have taken place to see who the real face of the WWE should have been. P
4 AJ Styles
When AJ Styles made his shocking debut at the 2016, it was a big moment in The Phenomenal One’s career. But it was only a matter of time before one of, if not the biggest non-WWE star of the past twenty years met the biggest star of the WWE, John Cena. They met several times and each time was an easy synch for match of the year, it was only natural for two of the best wrestlers of the past twenty years to collide at WrestleMania, but every time their issues heated up, there was another event on the horizon.
3 CM Punk
For years fans have been waiting for CM Punk to make his grand return to the industry and now it’s finally happened. While he was a part of the WWE, he finally received his big break, thanks to the infamous Pipe Bomb and subsequent defeat of John Cena at Money In The Bank. Punk then did it again at SummerSlam just a month later. During his year long run at the top, Punk would go on to defeat Cena several more times in various types of matches. For a moment seemingly all the guy wanted was to be treated like the main event player that he felt he was and headline WrestleMania. He never even got to against his marquee opponent in WWE. John Cena would go on to face The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII and XXIX, leaving his feud with Punk behind.
2 Randy Orton
Throughout The Ruthless Aggression Era, one feud tried to be a new version of the old Stone Cold and Rock scenario. The war between John Cena and Randy Orton spanned across the decade and had plenty of brutal matches, include an “I Quit” match at Over The Limit and the bug TLC match to unify the WWE and World titles, which probably should have happened at The Show Of Shows.
The two collided at WrestleMania XXIV, but as part of a Triple Threat match with Triple H joining the fray. Considering the amount of time and effort WWE put in to try and tell fans this feud was one of the most important in company history, this match should have main evented several ‘Manias.
The Rated-R Superstar’s 2005 was an eventful one both personally and professionally for Edge. But it also helped him become a megastar. He won Money In The Bank and inadvertently wound up in a scandal that made him the number one heel in the company. So, why not have him start 2006 by cashing in on John Cena right after Cena went through everyone at Elimination Chamber. The feud between the two not only made Edge but helped to further cement Cena’s career too. The fact that Edge was not booked against Cena at WrestleMania 22, really ticked him off and that was when he and Mick Foley decided to steal the show.