A Ruthlessly Aggressive Ranking Of John Cena’s SummerSlam Matches

08.20.15 3 years ago 35 Comments
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John Cena has main-evented, and/or had a world championship match at every SummerSlam event since 2005. With the Dr. of Thuganomics set to embark on yet another major match this Sunday, I thought it would be fun (and I use that term loosely) to re-watch and rank all of John Cena’s SummerSlam bouts since his event debut in 2004. Below are the results.

Pictured: Booker T not even trying

Pictured: Booker T not even trying

11. SummerSlam 2004 – John Cena vs. Booker T – Match No. 1 of a best-of-five series for the United States Championship

Despite debuting in 2002, Cena didn’t make his SummerSlam debut until 2004, where he faced off against Booker T in match one of a best-of-five series for Booker’s United States Championship.

Believe it or not, this one didn’t quite reach the levels of Booker’s best-of-seven with REDACTED in WCW.

It’s funny to go back now and watch Cena’s early career, because while his “Word Life” gimmick was super over, his in-ring work was so bad. It’s clear these two either had no chemistry or Cena was just legitimately incapable of performing offense without injuring his opponent. It’s basically Booker keeping the heat on himself in a rest hold for six minutes before Cena powers out hits the FU and wins.

I vaguely remember the fifth match here being a little bit better, but there’s no way I’m going to watch any more 2004 John Cena matches to find out. Next.

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