WWE United States Championship
John Cena captured his second taste of gold in WWE on October 3rd, 2004, where he won it from his rival – Booker T in a best of 5 series match. Each superstar won two matches, making the last one the decider, John Cena was able to counter the scissors kick, and reverse it with his own FU to win and pick up his second United States championship. John Cena’s reign was short, lasting only four days, in which he lost to the debuting Carlito.
Furious after his loss to Carlito, John Cena went on the hunt, only to get stabbed at a Boston Nightclub and put on the shelf for one month – this made Cena more angry and more vicious. John Cena made it back in time for Survivor Series, where him and Carlito were on opposing sides, before the match even began, John Cena chased Carlito out of the arena. John Cena got his wish on the following Smackdown on November 18th, 2004 where he totally annihilated Carlito and went onto win his third United States championship, which he then customized as a spinner belt. John Cena eventually lost the belt on March 3rd, 2005 where he lost it to Orlando Jordan, who later destroyed the custom spinner belt and replaced it with the original.
Edge’s reign was short lasting, as he lost the belt to John Cena a mere three weeks later when the Chain Gang Soldier made Edge tap out at the Royal Rumble, 2006. John Cena would go past Wrestlemania defeating Triple H, he would also go past Backlash. However, it was when he came to the very hostile ECW One Night Stand where he would lose the title to the ECW Original Rob Van Dam.
John Cena’s old rival Edge would capture the title from Rob Van Dam just a month later, and Edge put his own spin on things by having an “R” replace the WWE sign. He would then proceed to throw John Cena’s title in the river. All of this finally led up to a match between Edge and Cena in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at Unforgiven 2006, where Cena would FU Edge from the ladder through two tables and then proceed to capture the belt. He lost it a year and one month on, when he suffered a Pectoral injury, and was stripped of the title.
Near two years later — John Cena reclaimed the gold which he never lost. After coming up short at SummerSlam (2009) due to match restarts and antics used by WWE’s resident Viper — Randy Orton, Mr. McMahon would proceed to make the “ultimate submission” match. John Cena facing off against Randy Orton in an “I Quit” match. Through a brutal, brutal match. Orton using every possible weapon against John, even using handcuffs to his advantage. John would however power through and lock in a modified version of the STF to seal the victory.
Little over a month later, John Cena would again drop the belt to Orton after a brutal Hell in a Cell in which Orton utilized the “punt” to guarantee victory. It became evident to the two that this could keep going back and forth — there had to be a decider. John Cena and Randy Orton took part in arguably one of the most testing matches that the ring has ever contested. Cena and Orton agreed to take part in a “Anything Goes Iron-Man Match,” which would decide who is the best of the best, where if Cena lost he would have to be traded to another brand. Needless to say a pumped up Cena garnered the respect of many when he beat Orton, 7-6 falls after enduring RKO’s, being thrown through LED screens, nearly being blown up and more. Cena would seal the victory in the ending moments of the match and ultimately secure his spot as Champion by driving Orton through the announce table with a thunderous Attitude Adjustment and an STF to end the match.
Unfortunately, despite the long-road spent enduring gruelling matches with Randy Orton, John Cena wouldn’t be able to hold on to the title long. It was at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs that Cena would lose to the most unlikely opponent in Sheamus, a young up-start in the WWE looking to make a name for himself.
It was at Elimination Chamber 2010 where Cena would next taste the gold when he outlasted five other superstars in the gruelling Elimination Chamber match, where it came down to he and Triple H. Cena was able to withstand the power of the King of Kings and add his eighth heavyweight championship reign.
Almost instantly, John Cena’s road to the championship seemed wasted when the music of “The Animal” Batista echoed throughout the arena with Vince McMahon announcing an impromptu match which signified the end of Cena’s reign.
It was on the Grandest Stage of ‘em All where Cena would get his deserved rematch with Batista and thankfully, Cena would come out on top this time locking in an STF and making The Animal tap out.
At the Fatal-4-Way event a few months later, Cena would be forced to put the title up for grabs in a Fatal-4-Way match against Edge, Randy Orton and Sheamus. Nexus would show, just days after destroying Cena and making a huge impact on the WWE Universe, and cost Cena the championship whilst the cowardly Sheamus would pick up the scraps and get the victory.
It wouldn’t be until Extreme Rules of 2011 where John Cena would be able to add another reign to his already impressive number of nine world title reigns. It would be when he faced off against John Morrison and The Miz in a steel-cage match where he would drive Miz to the canvas with a thunderous Attitude Adjustment from the top-turnbuckle for the three-count.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena lost the belt at No Way Out 2009, when the Ultimate Opportunist Edge found a loop-hole into the Elimination Chamber match, after having just lost his belt two hours earlier. John Cena was quickly eliminated from the match after he was hit with a barrage of finishers. Just a month later however, Cena would face off against two of his old rivals: Edge and the Big Show in a triple threat on the “Grandest Stage of them all” WrestleMania . Where he would display an amazing feat. of strength, hoisting up both Edge and Show on his shoulders at the same time and delivered a crushing Attitude Adjustment to both and sealed the victory with a 1, 2, 3.
A month later at Backlash, John Cena faced off against Edge once again: this time in a Last Man Standing Match, where they literally threw everything at each other. The end was coming and Cena was in control, until an old rival: the Big Show made his presence felt when he chokeslammed Cena into a 7,000 watt search light. Cena, unable to get up was counted for 10 and the Rated-R-Superstar’s reign begun.
WWE Tag Team Championship(s)
On August 4th edition of Raw, Cena would yet again capture the gold. This time with his enemy Batista, where in a heated match up they defeated the team of Rhodes and Dibiase with Batista finishing the match with a Batista Bomb for the 1, 2, 3. The next week however, Batista and John proved they could not co-exist when they lost the World Tag Team Championships back to Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase.
It would be another odd-pairing when Cena regained the Tag Team Championships; when he teamed with Nexus’ David Otunga at the Bragging Rights 2010 event in an impromptu match and pick up the victory against Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes. They would lose the Tag Team Championships the next night when David Otunga would be forced to lie down and be pinned by fellow Nexus members Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater.