Unanimously recognized as one of the greatest superstars in WWE history, John Cena has contributed more than any other athlete to increasing the popularity of wrestling even outside the US. Despite having played the role of babyface for most of his career, the leader of the 'Cenation' has divided both fans and public opinion.
He is in fourth place all-time by overall number of days he has held a world title. Only Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund managed to do better than him. John is also credited with the record for the most pay-per-view events won in a year, as well as consecutive victories in PPVs.
Over the past few years, the 16-time world champion has gradually stepped away from the ring to successfully pursue his career in Hollywood. The Boston phenomenon returned to WWE this year to wage a feud with Roman Reigns, which culminated in a brutal clash between the two at SummerSlam on August 21 (victory went to the Tribal Chief).
Speaking at the Florida Supercon a few days ago, Cena recalled the first time he won the world title against John Bradshaw Layfield at WrestleMania 21. John Cenasaid: "JBL has always been fantastic at keeping you grounded, he has been instrumental in my career and I will be grateful to him for the rest of my days.
I remember at WrestleMania 21 he advised me to go beyond my limits, to surpass myself and take all the glory I deserved. I will never stop thanking him for that lesson, without forgetting that he has provided me with many other valuable advice during my career in WWE."
JBL was one of the most successful heels at SmackDown and had turned up at that edition of WrestleMania with a very long champion reign (which lasted for 280 days). Few imagined that that night would be remembered for the final explosion of the young Cena.
Brock Lesnar latests news
Brock Lesnar is and will remain one of the greatest wrestlers ever to hit the WWE rings, especially in recent years. The Beast Incarnate recently made a comeback in SummerSlam's Pay per View and seems to soon want to have a challenge against WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, joined by his former manager Paul Heyman.
During the last episode of Friday Night Smackdown, the wrestler asked for a Title shot, a request that was not accepted but which followed the first clash between the parties. Roman attacked Brock to defend Paul Heyman (who was about to suffer the F5) and Lesnar retreated by attacking the Usos, severely destroying both Jimmy and Jey.
The situation is currently blocked with Roman Reigns who, barring sensational surprises, should challenge 'Demon' Balor in the upcoming Extreme Rules Pay per View. The match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns is only postponed but at the moment for The Beast there is talk of another interesting opportunity in the Stanford company.
Recent rumors speak of the fact that WWE is thinking of a possible match between Brock Lesnar and Gable Steveson, a 21-year-old wrestler just signed in the United States known above all for having won Olympic gold. Vince McMahon's company would like the wrestler to retrace the footsteps of another Olympic star, namely Kurt Angle.
Here are the latest reports from well-known colleague Dave Meltzer during Wrestling Observer Radio. Here are his words: "It has already been taken into consideration and there has been talk of a handover that could take place at Wrestlemania."
Gable Steveson and Brock Lesnar are good friends and the wrestler has repeatedly joined him and Paul Heyman seeing him as a mentor. Over the course of his career, Lesnar has won everything from Royal Rumble to various titles and has been the star of Wrestlemania in the past.