Someone recently compiled a list of matches that John Cena has lost cleanly over the past 10 years and there are not many.
Last week on SmackDown Live, John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura went one-on-one in what was nothing short of a dream match on paper. It was pretty shocking that WWE gave us a match of this magnitude on a regular Tuesday night with only a week's notice, but it did generate a lot of interest in SmackDown Live. To make the match even more surprising, it didn't pan out the way that many may have imagined.
While it wasn't a foregone conclusion that Big Match John would win, most signs pointed towards that being the outcome. Nakamura hasn't taken off to the extent that fans hoped since arriving on the blue brand, plus the winner would go on to face Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam, a slot seemingly ready made for Cena. That wasn't the case though, and following a nasty looking exploder suplex and a Kinsasha, it was The King Of Strong Style getting his arm raised.
It turns out a clean win like Nakamura's over Cena is even rarer than you may have initially realized. Ewrestlingnews.com published a fan compiled list of every time Cena has lost clean in the past decade, only to reveal that it has happened just fourteen times. The list starts back in 2007 when John lost to Shawn Michaels on Raw and features a handful of lucky Superstars that include Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and AJ Styles. The Game is the only man to appear on the list twice.
Cena's WWE work load is becoming lighter and lighter as the sixteen time World Champion delves deeper into the world of Hollywood and other non-wrestling ventures. What that will likely mean is Cena's fourteen losses will soon be added to as he puts over more and more Superstars who will be attempting to take his place on top of the company.
Many fans will look at this list and roll their eyes, only seeing the numbers and assuming Cena simply doesn't want to do the job to other wrestlers. That isn't necessarily the case. Cena is one of the biggest stars in WWE history and is such a huge star because he rarely loses. When a wrestler like Nakamura does earn a clean win over him, it makes it all the more special. It was the same for Styles last year and Kevin Owens the year before that. His losses may be rare, but they almost always mean something on the rare occasion that they do happen.