There is no wrestler today, and maybe ever, who is more polarizing than John Cena. The very mention of his name brings evokes contrasting opinions among young wrestling fans, military personnel and women supporting Cena through thick and through thin. On the other hand, the majority of the male demographic who is above the age of, let’s say thirteen (i.e. not a child), feels the Cena character is repetitive, stale and too predictable.
Regardless of what side of the argument you fall on, what is undeniable is that Cena is going to go down as one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time — if not the greatest. He is a 15-time World Champion who has been the face of the company for over a decade now. But with success comes envy, and Cena has accumulated his fair share of detractors throughout his years in the company.
Here, we take a look at 15 wrestlers who just don’t like John Cena.
15. The Rock
The relationship between the two is much more cordial today than it was when The Rock returned for his feud with Cena for WrestleMania XXVIII. In a 2011 interview with Muscle and Fitness, The Rock opened up on his relationship with Cena when he decided to come back. The Great One told Muscle and Fitness, “John had said some things in an interview that I took exception [in essence, that The Rock cared only about being an actor not about wrestling or WWE fans]. He felt they were okay, I felt that they weren’t okay. I also laughed it off years ago but it wasn’t until I came back and realized that the marquee match-up was going to be between he and I that I would take that edge that we had—and let’s use it. So, we don’t have to hang out, we don’t have to be best friends, we won’t be friends at all.” The beef between the two has since settled and the two have complimented each other on their successes inside and outside of the ring on multiple occasions.
14. Chavo Guerrero
The nephew of the late great Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero has slammed Cena time in and time out due to him not believing that Cena possesses adequate, let alone respectable wrestling skills. In a 2013 interview with Fox News Latino Guerro said of Cena, “If he can’t wrestle, then he can’t wrestle, you know? Very, very few and far between do we get a Triple H or a Rey Mysterio, a Randy Orton. That doesn’t happen too much anymore. It’s very few and far between. You can tell who’s making John Cena look good.” Guerrero also said if Cena ever surpasses Ric Flair’s record of sixteen World Championships that he would stop watching the product all together. Chavo, no one is going to lose sleep over you not watching the product, buddy.
13. Mr. Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy was let go by the WWE when Randy Orton had complained to the man who brought us people power, John Laurinaitis and Vince McMahon. Orton’s reasoning had to do with Kennedy executing a maneuver in which Orton landed on his neck. As a result, the majority of Kennedy’s firing has led his supporters to blame Orton solely for Kennedy’s release. However, if you ask Kennedy, he believes that Orton wasn’t the only man that had a hand in his release. Rather, he believes Cena lent a helping hand. Kennedy said in an interview with WrestlingInc in November of 2016, “and I think Cena had a hand in that too. Like, Cena helped out, and he said, ‘hey, we need to go to Vince.’ I didn’t get along with him too well.”
12. Brock Lesnar
When Cena and Lesnar both got their starts in the WWE, the two were looked at as promising prospects for the company for years to come; Brock wasn’t a fan of Cena atht eh time, though. According to PWTorch.Com, “Lesnar did not get along with John Cena. Stories from behind the scenes say that Lesnar was not a fan of a young, up and coming Cena. One source actually stated, Brock absolutely positively hated and detested John Cena!” Brock and Cena were both in their early twenties when Lesnar apparently “hated and detested” Cena. Since Lesnar’s return there hasn’t been such reported resentment towards Cena. However, Lesnar was quite angry when Cena wasn’t stretchered out (as anticipated) after their 2012 matchup at Extreme Rules.
It’s often said that the truth comes out when you’re drunk. In an interview with MLW’s Konnan Show, Carlito recalled a drunken altercation between himself and Cena. In the interview Carlito said, “I actually had a fight with Cena. I forget where it was, but we got into a fight. A drunken fist fight. He told me I wasn’t applying myself. He said I should be at a higher level. I didn’t punch him because I’m not going to punch the face of the company. It was more like a drunken fight. I don’t think we were out to hurt each other. I was just defending myself, but Cena, he’s strong as hell.” To Carlito’s credit he would go on to add that Cena isn’t one to hold wrestlers rather down and is one that wants to see them succeed. However, for Carlito to retaliate after being criticized for “not applying himself” there’s likely some sort of dislike from Carlito for Cena.