For over a decade, John Cena enjoyed his time as the face of WWE and became a 16-time World Champion. He feuded with the likes of Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, Triple H, and many others to establish himself as one of, if not the greatest, WWE Superstars of all time.
During Cena's time at the top in WWE, many Superstars expressed their desire to work with the Cenation Leader, and they still do. Many Superstars who got a chance to work with Cena had good things to say about him. Unfortunately, there are some who don't share the same feeling.
In this feature, let's uncover a few WWE Superstars who probably don't like John Cena and their reasons behind it. So, let's get started.
#5 Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson, or better known as Mr. Kennedy, signed with WWE in 2005. Initially, Anderson was considered a mid-card Superstar at best but it was Paul Heyman who recognized his potential and brought him to the main roster to make him a crucial part of the company.
Anderson got his first shot at fame when he became the United States Champion in 2006. At one point, he even got close to winning the WWE Championship but it all came down tumbling down when Anderson was accused by John Cena and Randy Orton of being unsafe in the ring following a "botch incident" in 2009.
According to the reports, the 2008 and 2013 Royal Rumble winner, along with Orton, approached Vince McMahon and told him that Anderson wasn't capable of keeping his opponents safe in the ring. Unfortunately, this resulted in all forthcoming plans involving Anderson to be shelved and his release from WWE shortly after.
In an interview, Anderson revealed that he isn't a fan of the Franchise Player as he's a major reason behind WWE handing him his release papers.
#4 Wade Barrett
In 2016, Wade Barrett left WWE. Since then, he has been quite vocal about his stint with the sports entertainment giant, especially how soon WWE ended The Nexus storyline, and more importantly, what role John Cena played in it.
As you already know, The Nexus was a faction of rookies who were led by NXT Season 1 winner, Wade Barrett. Shortly after making their debut on RAW and attacking John Cena and CM Punk, The Nexus became one of the hottest commodities in the entire WWE at that time.
It has been brought up countless times how Cena is considered the main reason why Nexus couldn't thrive in WWE. The abrupt end of Nexus put Barrett in a no-win situation and he never became as big of a threat again.
Barrett has claimed several times that Cena is one of the greatest Superstars in WWE history. However, the two men have a high level of animosity between them and they are not even close to being friends.
“He has been the face for ten years, and he’s really good at what he does. But everyone knows that I don’t like John Cena, and he doesn’t like me either."
#3 Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. is the nephew of late Eddie Guerrero. During his time with WWE, he won the ECW, Cruiserweight, and Tag Team titles. Even though he was a considerable part of the company during the Ruthless Aggression era, Guerrero Jr. isn't exactly fond of one of the greatest Superstars who rose to the top during the said period, John Cena.
Just a few days after his release came from WWE in 2011, Chavo took a shot at John Cena by questioning his ability as a wrestler before claiming he's a better in-ring performer than The Franchise Player would ever be.
During an interview, Chavo claimed that Cena's opponents should be credited for making him look good in the ring and that the 2012 Money in the Bank winner is nothing more than just a decent wrestler. Guerrero Jr. also said that if Cena ever breaks Ric Flair's legendary record of winning 16 World Championships, he'll boycott WWE TV forever.
Even though Guerrero Jr. made these claims a long time ago, he still stands by his words.
#2 Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar has been booked as an unstoppable force ever since his WWE debut in 2002. In around five months after making his arrival on the main roster, Lesnar won the WWE Championship. Shortly after, he feuded with the likes of The Undertaker, Big Show, Kurt Angle, and John cena among others before walking out of the company in 2004.
During his first WWE stint, Lesnar was once involved in a feud with John Cena, but it lasted for only a month as they had a legitimate beef between them. Owing to Cena's sudden rise in WWE, Lesnar found it very hard to work with him and it's been reported that he bad-mouthed Cena to Vince McMahon every time he tried to do something positive.
While it seemed as if Brock Lesnar and John Cena buried the hatchet after the former parted ways with WWE in 2004, that wasn't the case at all. As you already know, Lesnar fought Cena at Extreme Rules 2012, and it was his first match in WWE in over eight years. Even though Lesnar dominated most of the bout, he was defeated by Cena in the end.
Reportedly after the match, John Cena was supposed to be carried out on a stretcher to show how dominant The Beast Incarnate was as an opponent. However, Cena decided to cut a promo after his victory and walked to the gorilla on his own feet. As you can imagine, Lesnar lost his cool in the backstage area and blamed many people including Cena for trying to ruin his career.
Batista's first stint with WWE saw him becoming a major star in the company. He made his main roster debut in 2002. Less than three years later, he won the Royal Rumble match and then became the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 21. After feuding with the likes of The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Edge, and many others, Batista established himself as one of the most successful Superstars in WWE history alongside John ena. The Animal parted ways with WWE in 2010 and went on to pursue a career in Hollywood.
During an interview, Batista said he left WWE as the company wasn't giving him the opportunities that he deserved and, instead, they were being passed to Vince McMahon's favorite guy John Cena, who was featured in almost every movie or commercial that was produced by WWE.
Batista also took a shot at John Cena when he said he didn't need to come out every week with new t-shirts or wristbands and worry about becoming the biggest merchandise seller in WWE. Furthermore, Batista was asked if he'd ever cross paths with Cena inside a WWE ring again. Interestingly, the Animal shot down this idea.
Taking all of these factors into account, it's safe to say that Batista dislikes John Cena.