10 WWE Superstars who beat John Cena and The Prototype

John Cena (left); The Prototype (right)
John Cena (left); The Prototype (right)

Before John Cena began using his real name in WWE, he performed as The Prototype in WWE’s Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) developmental system.

During his time in OVW, the five-time WrestleMania main-eventer won the OVW Southern Tag Team titles with Rico Constantino. He also held the OVW Heavyweight Championship on one occasion.

The robotic Prototype character transformed into John Cena upon his WWE main-roster debut in June 2002. The rookie Superstar earned lots of praise after his debut performance on SmackDown against Kurt Angle, including from WWE locker room leader The Undertaker.

Following a run as The Doctor of Thuganomics, John Cena reinvented himself once again and he went on to become WWE’s top babyface Superstar for the next decade.

Along the way, Big Match John crossed paths with many of the same people who he shared the ring with back in his OVW days. However, not many Superstars were able to defeat him in both developmental and in WWE.

Using match results from wrestling database, let’s take a look at 10 WWE Superstars who beat both the John Cena and Prototype personas.

#10 The Big Show


When did The Big Show defeat John Cena?

Although The Big Show has faced John Cena on dozens of occasions over the last two decades, he has never beaten the 16-time World Champion in a one-on-one PPV match.

The seven-foot Superstar's first televised singles win over John Cena came on a February 2009 episode of SmackDown. He also defeated his long-term rival on RAW in March 2009, June 2009, and March 2010.

When did The Big Show defeat The Prototype?

Before the John Cena vs. Big Show feud started on SmackDown in 2003, Big Show joined forces with Mark Henry to defeat The Prototype and another OVW talent, Mr. Black, at an NWA/OVW event in June 2001.

#9 Mark Henry


When did Mark Henry defeat John Cena?

Mark Henry’s first victories over John Cena came in February 2003 when he defeated the up-and-coming Superstar at back-to-back WWE SmackDown live events.

In March 2010, Henry teamed with Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, Vince McMahon, and Vladimir Kozlov to defeat John Cena in a five-on-one handicap match on WWE RAW.

Henry also teamed with Evan Bourne in a victory over John Cena and Michael Tarver on RAW in October 2010. However, it is worth noting that the latter win was essentially a handicap match, as Cena signed autographs at ringside because he had no interest in teaming with Tarver.

When did Mark Henry defeat The Prototype?

As well as the aforementioned NWA/OVW tag team match involving The Big Show and Mr. Black, Mark Henry defeated The Prototype at another OVW show in October 2001.

On that occasion, The World’s Strongest Man teamed with Randy Orton to defeat The Prototype and Rico Constantino.

#8 Randy Orton


When did Randy Orton defeat John Cena?

When didn’t Randy Orton defeat John Cena? The two men have faced each other 123 times during their legendary careers, and that number does not even include tag team matches or multi-man matches.

Orton’s most notable victories over John Cena came at SummerSlam 2009, Hell in a Cell 2009, TLC 2013, and Royal Rumble 2014.

When did Randy Orton defeat The Prototype?

Randy Orton’s first victory over John Cena’s The Prototype character took place in August 2001 at a memorial show for former WWE Superstar Brian Pillman.

As mentioned earlier in this article, Orton also teamed with Mark Henry to defeat The Prototype and Rico Constantino in OVW in October 2001.

#7 Brock Lesnar


When did Brock Lesnar defeat John Cena?

John Cena defeated Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules 2012 and via disqualification at Night of Champions 2014.

The Beast has won all five of their other televised one-on-one matches, including the main event of SummerSlam 2014.

Lesnar also recorded 12 live event victories over John Cena in 2003.

When did Brock Lesnar defeat The Prototype?

Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin (aka The Minnesota Stretching Crew) defeated The Prototype and Rico Constantino before a WWE Jakked taping in October 2001 to win the OVW Southern Tag Team titles.

The Prototype and Lesnar never went one-on-one in OVW.

#6 Shelton Benjamin


When did Shelton Benjamin defeat John Cena?

Shelton Benjamin teamed with Albert and Bull Buchanan to defeat Batista, Doug Basham, and John Cena in a six-man tag team match at a WWE live event in September 2002.

Two weeks later, Benjamin recorded another victory over John Cena when he joined forces with Bull Buchanan to defeat Shannon Moore and the future 16-time World Champion at a WWE SmackDown live event.

Benjamin’s only televised triumph against John Cena came on a May 2006 episode of WWE RAW when he teamed with Triple H and Chris Masters to defeat Cena and RVD.

When did Shelton Benjamin defeat The Prototype?

As well as his OVW Southern Tag Team Championship triumph over The Prototype, Shelton Benjamin won five singles matches against John Cena’s former persona.

All five of those victories came in dark matches in June 2002 before episodes of WWE RAW and Sunday Night Heat.

#5 Batista


When did Batista defeat John Cena?

Batista’s first notable victory over John Cena came when he eliminated his former OVW colleague from the 2005 Royal Rumble.

Five years later, The Animal won the WWE Championship from John Cena in an impromptu match at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

Batista also picked up a win over John Cena in a non-title match at SummerSlam 2008.

When did Batista defeat The Prototype?

The Prototype defeated Leviathan (aka Batista) at an OVW event in February 2002 to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship for the one and only time in his career.

One month later, Batista’s Leviathan character defeated The Prototype in a non-title live event match via disqualification.

#4 Nova (aka Simon Dean)


When did Nova defeat John Cena?

Nova teamed with Rey Mysterio to defeat John Cena and Redd Dogg (aka Rodney Mack) at three WWE SmackDown live events in January 2003.

At the time, John Cena was still relatively new to WWE’s main roster and his Doctor of Thuganomics persona had not yet fully taken off.

When did Nova defeat The Prototype?

One month before John Cena made his memorable WWE SmackDown debut against Kurt Angle, The Prototype lost the OVW Heavyweight Championship against Nova at an OVW show in May 2002.

Even though John Cena regularly appeared on WWE television after his match with Angle, The Prototype still lost another five matches against Nova in OVW between May 2002 and September 2002.

#3 Matt Bloom


When did Matt Bloom defeat John Cena?

Then known as Albert, Matt Bloom worked with John Cena at several live events during the rookie’s first year in WWE.

Albert’s first victory over John Cena came at a WWE SmackDown live event in July 2002, three weeks after the newcomer’s famous match against Kurt Angle.

When Bloom returned to WWE in April 2012 as the Lord Tensai character, he picked up a huge singles win over John Cena in an Extreme Rules match on WWE RAW.

When did Matt Bloom defeat The Prototype?

John Cena competed in several dark matches before WWE shows in the weeks leading up to his main-roster debut.

One of those matches saw him lose as The Prototype against Albert before a Velocity taping in June 2002.

Albert and Christian also defeated The Prototype and Rob Conway at a WWE SmackDown live event in the same month.

#2 Jerry Lawler


When did Jerry Lawler defeat John Cena?

In one of the most bizarre WWE match outcomes of 2011, Jerry Lawler eliminated John Cena and Sheamus from a seven-man RAW Rumble to become the number one contender for The Miz’s WWE Championship.

Lawler did not originally intend to eliminate John Cena. However, as Cena tried to stay in the match on the ring apron, Sheamus launched Lawler into the 16-time World Champion, causing his feet to touch the floor.

When did Jerry Lawler defeat The Prototype?

Jerry Lawler teamed with Nova to defeat The Prototype and Sean O’Haire at two OVW events in June 2002 – the same month as John Cena’s WWE main-roster debut.

#1 Christian


When did Christian defeat John Cena?

It is fair to say that Christian did not have the best of luck whenever he came up against John Cena in WWE.

The nine-time WWE Tag Team Champion’s only win over John Cena took place at a July 2002 live event when he teamed with Lance Storm to defeat Cena and enhancement talent Steve Bradley.

When did Christian defeat The Prototype?

Christian joined forces with Albert to defeat Rob Conway and The Prototype at a WWE SmackDown live event in June 2002.

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Edited by Nishant Jayaram
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