John Cena’s illustrious career is full of championships and milestones. He equaled Ric Flair’s 16 world titles at the 2017 Royal Rumble and he also has a handful of other titles – including five US title runs, two Tag-Team Championships and 10 Slammy Awards.
However, there are a few strange opponents Cena has faced, who, in hindsight, had no place being in the ring with him. In this article, we take a look at six of the weirdest opponents that John Cena has faced in a WWE ring.
6. John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. James Ellsworth and Carmella
This match took place on the March 7, 2017, episode of SmackDown when we saw John Cena and Nikki Bella team up in preparation to face The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33.
The match was a glorified squash with most of the action taking place between Nikki Bella and Carmella. Ellsworth refused to fight Cena when he got tagged in and he begged Carmella not to make him go through it. The match ended with Cena and Nikki Bella hitting Ellsworth and Carmella with stereo 5 Knuckle Shuffles followed by a stereo Attitude Adjustment-Rack Attack 2.0.
They ended the match with simultaneous STF locks as Ellsworth and Carmella tapped out together to hand Cena and Nikki Bella the win.
The part that Cena wouldn't have been happy about was the post-match beating he and Nikki Bella received from The Miz and Maryse.
5. John Cena vs. Eric Bischoff
On the 3rd October, 2005 episode of Monday Night RAW, John Cena defended his title against none other than Eric Bischoff.
Bischoff came out accompanied by Kurt Angle for the No DQ match. Surprisingly, the match was actually very entertaining and consisted of Cena beating up Bischoff till Angle interfered in some way. The ending segment came when Angle charged at Cena with a steel chair, which ended up bouncing off the top rope and hitting Angle in the face.
Cena then hit Eric Bischoff with an FU (AA) to pick up the win and retain his title.
4. John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis
John Cena’s match with then-RAW GM John Laurinaitis actually main-evented the 2012 Over The Limit PPV, ahead of a CM Punk-Daniel Bryan match. Cena had just come off feuds with The Rock and Brock Lesnar before being put into one of the worst feuds of his career – with the ‘Ace’.
Instead of being the squash match we all expected, Cena vs. Laurinaitis went 20 minutes and ended with Cena losing after a Big Show heel turn cost him the match.