John Cena has received a lot of criticism during his time in the WWE. Big match John developed quite the reputation for squashing talent during the mid-late 2000’s and many potential stars fell at his hands during his prime years.
Things have changed in recent years ,though, and we saw this last Tuesday night, Cena is more than willing to put over other talents when he is required. As Cena begins to take more and more time away from the WWE, the company now depend on him to come in and help get some of their newer talents over.
Last week’s Smackdown saw Cena give Shinsuke Nakamura arguably his best match in the company to date and the fact that he put Nakamura over clean really made Shinsuke look like something special.
Say what you want about Cena, but the guy knows how to make people look like a million bucks when he is asked to and whether you want to admit or not, there are a lot of superstars in the company who wouldn’t be where they are right now if it weren’t for Super-Cena, and here are five big examples of that.
Back in 2013, Daniel Bryan was on an unstoppable rise to the top of the card and his main event match with John Cena at Summerslam was, in the eyes of the fans at least, going to be the night he finally broke through the glass ceiling.
With Cena taking time off after the match due to an injury, fans didn’t expect this match to be quite what it was. Sure, Bryan was one of the best wrestlers in the world at the time, but fans were expecting Cena to be protected somewhat during the bout.
How wrong we were, though. Cena and Bryan tore the house down in what was one of the finest matches of both of their WWE careers. Cena did the duty as well, putting Bryan over clean and sending the fans into the rafters.
Of course, Bryan’s moment was to be short lived, when Randy Orton, along with Triple H screwed Bryan out of the WWE belt, beginning what was one of the most iconic movements in modern wrestling history.