John Cena has shared the ring with a plethora of legendary wrestlers throughout his illustrious WWE career. Of course, some of Cena’s main rivals and opponents stand out far more than others.
When it comes to Cena’s best rivals, there’s no clear consensus for No. 1. There are so many strong candidates to choose from, after all. He has been involved in so many enticing rivalries that defined the Ruthless Aggression, PG, Reality and New Eras.
On their YouTube Channel, WWE posted a top 10 video of Cena’s “greatest rivals.” The Miz started the list in the No. 10 spot, followed by Hall of Famer John Bradshaw Layfield, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles and Triple H.
Cena’s rivalry with JBL was significant because his push as the company’s top face began at WrestleMania 21, when he defeated the latter for the WWE Championship. And the rest, as they say, is history. At Royal Rumble 2017, Cena defeated Styles to claim the WWE Championship, tying Ric Flair for the most world championship reigns ever (16 apiece).
The No. 5 to 2 spots (in order) consisted of Brock Lesanar, The Rock (whom Cena headlined WrestleMania XXVIII and WrestleMania 29 against), Batista and Hall of Famer Edge.
As for the top spot? It was occupied by none other than Randy Orton.
There’s a very long history between the two men who rose to main event stardom in the Ruthless Aggression Era. They’ve headlined several pay-per-views together, including SummerSlam 2007, Backlash 2008 (with JBL and Triple H) and Bragging Rights 2009. So yes, it’s very easy to deem the 14-time World Champion as Cena’s greatest rival.
Who’s Next For John Cena?
Cena hasn’t appeared on WWE programming since WrestleMania 36, 15 months ago. But it sounds like Cena will headline SummerSlam 2021 (in Las Vegas, Nevada) against Universal Champion Roman Reigns. The two squared off at No Mercy 2017, with Reigns defeating the future Hall of Famer. When all is said and done, Reigns just might end up being one of Cena’s top 10 rivals. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.