5 WWE Superstars who last beat John Cena in singles action

John Cena doesn't often lose; here are the last five men to beat him
John Cena doesn't often lose; here are the last five men to beat him
Daniel Wood

John Cena is still one of WWE's biggest attractions following the many years of success that the sixteen-time world champion has enjoyed in the company, even if he's making fewer and fewer appearances for them as his career in Hollywood continues.

Perhaps one of the reasons for Cena's status is that he boasts one of the best win rates in all of WWE. The Champ has successfully managed to win 76.94% of the 1340 matches he's taken part in.

Consequently, this means that the list of WWE Superstars who have beaten John Cena isn't that big. In fact, in the last decade or so, John Cena has lost a relatively small amount of times.

So, I decided to look at who the last five WWE Superstars to be John Cena in singles action were, and I had to go four years back to 2017 to find five names. But who are they?

#5. The Fiend Bray Wyatt defeated John Cena in a Firefly Funhouse match - WrestleMania 36 Day Two

John Cena Vs The Fiend Bray Wyatt
John Cena Vs The Fiend Bray Wyatt

John Cena found himself facing the wrath of The Fiend Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 36, where he took on the demonic Superstar in a Firefly Funhouse match, which was essentially Cena's own personal hell.

Cena had to battle multiple versions of Bray Wyatt before he was eventually made to pass out after The Fiend locked in his Mandible Claw finisher for the pin. The Champ then literally disappeared from the ring, leading many to think that he had retired following this unique 'this is your life' style match. (Spoiler alert: he didn't.)

Had John Cena and Bray Wyatt wrestled each other in a straight wrestling match it's likely that John Cena's wrestling ability, skill and determination would've been enough to defeat him, but as Cena also had to contend with his own personal demons and past failures he wasn't successful.

Unfortunately for Cena and his stellar win record, his disappearance in the Firefly Funhouse match has been officially chalked down as a loss even though there's some debate as to whether or not the match happened in reality or not.

#4. The Undertaker defeated John Cena very quickly - WrestleMania 34

The Undertaker defeats John Cena
The Undertaker defeats John Cena

John Cena vs The Undertaker was one of the big matches that we'd never gotten in WWE until WWE Universe were finally treated to a clash between the two iconic legends at WrestleMania 34.

Unfortunately, after weeks of hype and build-up, the two titans of WWE wrestling were unable to put on the classic match that people were expecting, with The Undertaker instead squashing John Cena in just over three minutes.

This squash was made all the more painful thanks to the fact that WWE deliberately made it ambiguous about whether or not the match would happen at all.

Cena had tried to call out Undertaker several times previously in order to get a match at WrestleMania and even had to attend the show as a fan in a last-ditch effort.

Given that it was probably one of the worst showings in the ring we've ever seen from John Cena, as he was soundly and quickly beaten, he'll probably regret the fact he asked for the match for the rest of his career. Or at least his win rate will!

#3. Seth Rollins overcomes John Cena as part of a Gauntlet Match - WWE Monday Night RAW February 19th, 2018

Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins

On this episode of Monday Night RAW WWE decided to hold a seven man gauntlet match which John Cena was part of and the first sixty minutes of that match were dominated by one man - Monday Night Rollins.

In one of the biggest RAW moments we've seen for some time, Seth Rollins overcame John Cena in singles action, making him one of a handful of people to do so.


To make that achievement even more memorable, however, Rollins had previously beaten Roman Reigns just minutes before toppling Cena. This will undoubtedly make Seth Rollins the only person ever in WWE to beat both Roman Reigns and John Cena cleanly on the same night.

That's quite the accolade, especially when you see what John Cena and Roman Reigns are currently doing in WWE and beyond. This moment launched Rollins as a white-hot babyface on RAW and when he lost to Elias in the third match-up of the gauntlet he received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Whilst it was all to further the 'how will Cena get to WrestleMania' storyline at the time, this is one of the few examples in recent times where John Cena losing cleanly has helped to elevate another Superstar. It worked perfectly.

#2. Roman Reigns put down John Cena - WWE No Mercy 2017

Roman Reigns Vs John Cena
Roman Reigns Vs John Cena

Roman Reigns and John Cena look set to wrestle each other again at SummerSlam with Cena hyping a WWE return and The Head of the Table looking for an opponent worthy of challenging him for the Universal Title.

However, if Cena does come back from promoting Fast and Furious 9 to challenge Roman Reigns he may find himself negatively influencing that fantastic win rate. Because if history has taught us anything, it's that The Big Dog has The Champ's number.

Reigns and John Cena first came at odds when John Cena traveled to Monday Night RAW to call out Roman Reigns. The two then had a series of heated confrontations that led to a match between the two at No Mercy 2017, which Reigns won.

That victory was also before Roman Reigns became the dominant force that he is now on SmackDown. If Cena can't beat Roman Reigns of a few years ago, what chance does he have against The Tribal Chief now?

#1. Shinsuke Nakamura upsets John Cena - SmackDown Live August 1st 2017

John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: photos | WWE

Way back in 2017, Shinsuke Nakamura did the unthinkable. He defeated John Cena.

Looking back at SmackDown in 2017 you'd never believe what was happening. Jinder Mahal was the World Champion on the blue brand and Shinsuke Nakamura was beating John Cena clean in the middle of the ring on a television episode of SmackDown to become the number one contender.

The win over John Cena was supposed to elevate Nakamura to bigger heights as beating Cena had done for other Superstars, but it seems that an accident in the ring during the match soured Nakamura's chances.

Nakamura hit Cena with an Exploder Suplex, but instead of landing on his stomach, Cena landed on the back of his head, thankfully avoiding major injury. Unfortunately for Nakamura, he received some heat backstage for the move, even with Cena's own insistence that it wasn't his fault.

Whilst Nakamura hasn't won a world title during his time on the main roster, getting to face John Cena in singles action and beating him is quite the accolade on its own.

Edited by Rohit Mishra


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