John Cena is set to return to RAW on June 27th. The Cenation leader is expected to begin a feud with Theory over the United States Championship. Cena’s last televised match on WWE was against Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at SummerSlam 2021. Speaking of Roman Reigns, the Tribal Chief is one of the few active WWE superstars who hold a PPV victory against Cena. Let’s take a look at some of the stars who defeated Big Match John at a premium live event.
The Miz has solidified his status as a main eventer and there’s no arguing that. Miz is also one of the few active superstars on the main roster that hold a victory over Cena at a premium live event. In fact, the A-lister defeated Cena on the grandest stage of them all.
The two fought over the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 27 in 2011. Also, this was Cena’s first singles loss at a WrestleMania since 2004. The match ended in a double count-out. Then, The Rock came out and restarted the match. You know the rest, right?
AJ Styles is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers on the planet today. Styles has this unique ability to bring out the best in his opponents. He did the same against John Cena. The two squared off on multiple premium live events.
The trilogy they created is regarded as one of the best pieces of storytelling in modern WWE. Styles defeated Cena, albeit in controversial fashion, at MITB 2016. He scored another huge upset at SummerSlam 2016. Cena, however, won the third and perhaps the best match against Styles at Royal Rumble 2017.
Kevin Owens had one of the best main roster debuts in recent memory as the Canadian superstar went directly for the shark, Cena. Owens was the NXT Champion in 2015 and squared off against John Cena at Elimination Chamber the very same year.
Owens shocked everyone when he defeated Big Match John, who was in the midst of a spectacular run as the United States Champion. In their second Champion vs. Champion meeting, however, Cena scored the win over KO.
Cena had many tough challengers, but none was as opportunistic as the Rated R Superstar. Edge is in the minority in the sense that he holds more than two PPV wins over Cena. His first singles victory against Cena came at New Year's Revolution in 2006.
Edge also scored a win against Cena at SummerSlam 2006. The two men reignited their rivalry in 2009 over the World Heavyweight Championship. Edge eliminated Cena during the Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out 2009. He recaptured the WHT at Backlash later that year.
Seth “Freakin” Rollins is arguably the most consistent performer on the main roster today. Cen has known Rollins since the Shield days. The two men crossed paths on numerous occasions, including SummerSlam and Night of Champions.
The most impressive of these victories came at SummerSlam 2015 when Rollins beat Cena for the U.S. title, becoming a double title holder in the process. For those wondering, Rollins was WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the time.
Roman Reigns is the best thing going on in WWE for the last two years. The Tribal Chief is enjoying the run of a lifetime. Reigns is currently in his first reign as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion and there’s no one stopping him anytime soon.
Reigns faced and defeated John Cena on multiple PPV events. The first singles victory came at No Mercy 2017. Reigns was a babyface at that time and WWE were attempting to push him as the face of the company. The second and most dominant win against Cena came at SummerSlam 2021.
Randy Orton and John Cena began their WWE journey in OVW. The two men received their main roster call-ups in 2002. Both began as underdog babyfaces but ultimately turned heel in 2003. Orton joined Evolution as its youngest member. Cena created a hip hop heel gimmick and rolled with it.
The two men crossed paths for the first time in 2005, but would not have their first singles PPV match until SummerSlam 2007. Cena lost the match via DQ after Orton slapped the referee. They had countless meetings, with Orton getting the victory in many of the matches.