John Cena has a reputation as one of the most popular WWE Superstars ever to compete in a WWE ring. He also has a reputation for burying other talents. Not ready to give up his spot on the WWE totem pole or simply not a fan of a particular talent, there are all kinds of speculation that Cena has been the spearhead behind some of the most notable change in directions for WWE talents in history.
While it may not be that way today, there was a time that if you were not given the stamp of approval by John Cena in the WWE, that was pretty much the kiss of death. Need a few examples?
We’ve put a list of just five names rumored to have been buried by John Cena. In many cases, their careers were changed forever more.
John Cena has screwed Rusev not once, but twice. First, it was at WrestleMania where Cena won in a match that saw Rusev suffer his first defeat. Cena was a huge star and Rusev had the potential to be one. It would have been monumental if Rusev could have continued his undefeated streak but WWE and Cena wouldn’t have it. Rusev declined in a major way after that.
Then, after Rusev seemed down and out he got another push by the WWE. Of course, his opponent was John Cena and he again went and beat Rusev squashing any possible momentum. Rusev is still considered one of the most underutilized talents on the WWE roster.
4. Wade Barrett
When the Nexus debuted it was memorable. Nothing like a bunch of unknown talents coming to the ring, tearing it apart and leaving John Cena in their wake had ever been seen before. It created immediate buzz for the group and its leader Wade Barrett. Unfortunately, Cena was only willing to go along with it all if he got the last laugh.
In a feud that Cena almost single-handedly destroy Nexus, Cena went on to feud with Barrett, a feud that saw Barrett lose three-straight matches and his career never recovered. It’s one thing to lose once to Cena, but to get three cracks at the title and come up short despite having an entire faction behind you was the beginning of the end for Barrett.
3. Zack Ryder
It’s unfortunate that Zack Ryder hasn’t become more of a star. He got himself over using social media and became a popular figure on WWE television, much to the surprise of many who had written him off. His fame didn’t last as he was put into a feud with Kane and instead of the WWE focusing on making Ryder a star, they gave the attention to Cena who had to save Ryder on numerous occasions.
2. Bray Wyatt
Another WWE Superstar who was on his way up in the world of wrestling was Bray Wyatt. He was tagged as WWE’s new great bad guy and was winning matches against the likes of Daniel Bryan and other key stars in the company. Of course, WWE decided to put him up against John Cena and Wyatt lost, as one might expect.
When they faced off at WrestleMania XXX, Wyatt took the clean pin and he was immediately considered beatable. WWE could have again used this as an opportunity to create a huge star but gave the rub to John Cena instead.
1. Alex Riley
This is a case where John Cena looks to have actually gotten someone fired using his clout as one of the top guys in WWE. Rumors are that Cena chose Riley as a target for some backstage ribbing and Riley didn’t take too kindly to it. After standing up for himself, he realized he picked the wrong battle and Cena basically changed Riley’s career path forever.
Riley said, “I’ll put it this way. There was an incident and it certainly changed the path of my career. I don’t want to discuss it right now, but I will one day for sure. I will one day. It was a tough situation at times, I guess we can leave it at that.” Riley continued, “and, honestly, JR, I struggle with the morality of even talking about it and I’m not into blowing up anybody else at this point, but I promise you this, I will address it one day for sure. You don’t want to know. It was a tough situation.”
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