Rob Van Dam
Unlike most Money In The Bank winners, Rob Van Dam didn't wait in hiding for to surprise his opponent with a last-second title shot. Instead, he challenged WWE Champion John Cena to a title match at the ECW One Night Stand PPV. In a hostile environment, Cena lost the title to RVD (with interference from Edge).
Yes - we are perfectly aware that there is a DVD out there called John Cena's Greatest Rivalries.
But that has maybe a dozen. We've got 50 of 'em.
What has caused John Cena to make so many enemies (not to mention angry fans) over a relatively short period of time? For one thing, Cena has been in the top spot for over a decade, necessitating a constant stream of grudge matches. Plus, the somewhat-recent advent of monthly pay-per-views have shortened the length of major feuds.
Much like the Top 50 Rivalries for Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Sting, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H, we're basing this on storyline rivalries Cena had with wrestlers and non-wrestlers alike, not speculating on what may have happened backstage.
In counting down the Top 50 John Cena Rivalries, we looked at the following criteria:
How prominent was the rivarly?
What type of stage(s) did it play out on?
How memorable were the matches and/or segments?
How much did the rivalry do to advance either person's career?
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Ready? Here we go!
John Cena's rivalry with Shelton Benjamin dates back to their days in Ohio Valley Wrestling, when Cena was known as The Prototype. Since that time, they've battled on both Raw and SmackDown on numerous occasions. While Cena was often the winner, The Gold Standard still gave him some nervous moments.
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While pursuing the WWE Championship, R-Truth turned heel in 2011 in a match against John Morrison. Shortly thereafter, he began demonstrating a new "conspiracy" gimmick, and accused John Cena of manipulating his fans. This led to a main event match at the one-off Capitol Punishment PPV, which Cena won.