During his role as The Face That Runs the Place in WWE, John Cena rarely ever lost a match cleanly. But over the past couple of years, we've seen the 16-time World Champion put younger talents over by losing to them in a clean, well constructed match.
This includes losses to AJ Styles at SummerSlam 2016, Roman Reigns at No Mercy 2017 and Shinsuke Nakamura on the Aug. 1 episode of SmackDown Live last year. But well before some of these more recent losses, it was quite jaw-dropping to see the leader of Cenation lose a match without controversy.
WWE recently published their video list of Cena's 10 most shocking losses. Though these losses were obviously "shocking," you won't be "shocked" about what took the top spot on the list.
You guessed it: Kevin Owens' victory over Cena at the 2015 Elimination Chamber was listed as number one. It was K.O.'s first match on the main roster, so nobody thought he was going to actually beat the legendary Cena right off the bat.
Other losses on the list included a match against Kevin Federline in 2007, when Umaga attacked Cena in a no disqualification match to help K-Fed walk away victorious. Coming in at No. 2 was when Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract at New Year's Revolution 2006, easily defeating Cena who had just won an Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE Championship.
Also appearing on the list was when Cena lost to Carlito (who was making his WWE debut), on the Oct. 7 2004 episode of SmackDown. Carlito punched Cena with his steel chain and won the United States Championship. And yes, losses to Rusev, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus were included.
Indeed, a large number of John Cena losses were shocking to the WWE Universe. Fans only grew accustomed to him losing a few matches a year, with a lot of them coming under controversial circumstances. The man deserves plenty of credit for selflessly losing more matches, now that he's no longer the top guy on the roster.