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WWE: Top 10 John Cena Moments

Top 10 John Cena Moments

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Love him or hate him, you must respect him. John Cena has been through it all in his decade-plus dominance of the WWE. He has feuded with some of the biggest stars in history. He has captivated audiences across the world. Whether you chant "Let's go Cena!" or "Cena Sucks!" you need to check out the top 10 moments throughout his career thus far.

10. Cena's Hip Hop Era

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10. Cena's Hip Hop Era

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Though he has ditched this persona for the most part, Cena's freestyle rapping character that he broke out in was a heck of a watch. He even battled Vanilla Ice on Raw. Cena used his witty lines and rebellious personality to form a bond with the WWE fans. People tuned in each week to hear Cena's newest lines directed to his latest victims, and quite frankly I think he was better off with this persona.

9. Cena's First Belt

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9. Cena's First Belt

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Cena's first belt came at Wrestlemania 20, where he defeated Big Show to win the United States Championship. This PPV had a stacked card, and Cena was lucky enough to make his Wrestlemania debut on it. Not only did Cena win the match, but he was able to lift the enormous Big Show onto his shoulders, and deliver his finishing move, then known as the FU. This moment showed Cena's tremendous strength, and put the rest of the locker room on notice.

8. Cena's Debut

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8. Cena's Debut

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WWE fans often forget about Kurt Angle, but he was right up there with Triple H and The Rock. Cena made his debut answering an open challenge from Angle in 2002. A speech was given by Vince McMahon to the young stars, demanding that they show "ruthless aggression" to make a lasting impression, Cena took advantage of the opportunity to face Angle. Though he lost, this match put the spotlight on Cena and propelled him onto bigger and better things.

7. Cena's Royal Return

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7. Cena's Royal Return

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Cena made his long-awaited return from a torn pectoral, months earlier than expected, to win the 2008 Royal Rumble and earn a chance to main event Wrestlemania. Cena spent just over eight minutes in the match, the shortest amount of time a winner had ever spent in the Rumble. Cena was a surprise entry at number 30 (last) and eliminated Triple H, who had just eliminated multiple people himself.

6. Cena says "YES!" At Summerslam 2013

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6. Cena says "YES!" At Summerslam 2013

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Cena eat, sleeps and breathes the WWE. He does whatever the company needs him to do, including pushing less popular superstars even if it means losing his gold. In this match, Cena helped push along the YES! Movement of Daniel Bryan. Though Bryan was only champion for a short few seconds (Randy Orton cashed in his MITB briefcase following a Triple H pedigree to Bryan), this showed that the WWE had Bryan's back.

5. Cena Pushes Punk

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5. Cena Pushes Punk

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One of the best feuds in recent memory is Cena vs. CM Punk. Punk feuds with the entire roster, but Cena's mic skills made their rivalry a bit more bitter. Cena was again in enemy territory, Punk's hometown of Chicago, and even in a loss, he helped push Punk into stardom. This match made not just Chicagoans, but wrestling fans across the world gain a new respect for Punk. The two went for nearly 40 minutes and had the crowd engaged throughout.

4. Earned, Not Given

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4. Earned, Not Given

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Cena vs. Orton has been done repeatedly throughout the past decade. The two have been atop the WWE together for a while and have begun to grow stale, but this match was special. Cena and Orton beat the heck out of each other, and it truly seemed like a hateful match. At one point, Cena was handcuffed to the ringpost, taking a beating from Orton and a Kendo stick. Cena won the match, but he most certainly had to earn it.

3. Tables, Ladders and Chairs

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3. Tables, Ladders and Chairs

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Edge and Cena had a relatively tame feud, but you wouldn't believe that from watching this match. Not only was Edge in his hometown of Toronto, but he also is a TLC expert compared to Cena's novice level. The danger and brutality involved in TLC matches make them timelessly entertaining. This match definitely includes some of the biggest bumps of Cena's career, and not once did he look out of place. Cena retained his title in victory.

2. Game On

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2. Game On

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This match was Cena's coming out party. Sure, he had been champion for a few months before Wrestlemania 22, but defeating The Game in you first 'Mania main event ever is incredible. Both stars' ring entrances were more extravagant than normal. Both had promos that ran earlier throughout the PPV. Cena was officially "the guy" when he took down Triple H that night.

1. Once In A Lifetime

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1. Once In A Lifetime

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After months of cutting promos, Cena and The Rock finally faced off at Wrestlemania 29. The Rock won the match, cementing his place on WWE's Mount Rushmore, but Cena performed brilliantly in the bout. This was billed as "once in a lifetime," and neither superstar disappointed. Two top stars from different eras on the grandest stage of them all. Cena and The Rock put on a heck of a show.