WrestleMania 32is less than a week away, and even without the biggest name in the industry, WWE has an impressive triple main event planned for the big nightin Dallas. But the enormous role that John Cena has played at the event over the years has been somewhat overshadowed by things like the Streak of The Undertakerand Shawn Michaels with his "Mr. WrestleMania" moniker. As the WWE Universe and WWE Superstars prepare for WrestleMania 32, it is worth considering the legacy that John Cena has already left and see what lessons might apply to this year's event.

It's got to be hard for John Cena to watch from the sidelines with his injury, but it provides an opportunity for someone else to step into the spotlight.

What follows is one part ina series of "WrestleManiaRésumé" articles in which we take a look at a current or former WWE Superstar's history at"WrestleMania" (such as The Undertaker,Shane McMahon, Roman Reigns, Triple H, The Rock, Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar,Dean Ambrose,Seth Rollins,and theWWE Divas Champion), and what their past experiences might tell us about that same (or a similar) competitor at WrestleMania 32on April 3rd.


With a dozen WrestleManiamatches under his belt, Cena sits at an impressive 9-3. He won his first four appearances and is currently on a 3-match winning streak.

For someone who is consistently a part of really huge matches against some of the biggest names in the industry, winning three times as frequently as he loses is even more outstanding.

Perhaps even more impressive than his win-loss record is the fact that 10 of Cena's 12 Mania appearances have been title matches.

While normally competing for the biggest prize in the game (7 of his 12 matches were for the WWE Championship), he's also competed for the US title twice and the World Heavyweight Title as well.

His winning percentage actually improves when there's a title on the line, up from 75% to 80%, winning 8 of his 10 title matches. The only times he lost title matches were to Randy Orton at WM24 and The Miz at WM27.

Main event matches

Almost every year that Cena has been at Mania since becoming a top-tier performer, his match could have been considered a part of a multi-match main event. But even if you only count the match that closes the show as the main event, half of Cena's WrestleManiamatches have been the main event.

Considering his overall success at Mania, his track record in the main event seems to be his Achillesheel. With every loss coming at the end of Mania (Randy Orton, The Miz, The Rock), he's just 3-3 when he closes the show.

Worthy competition

Cena's impressive record doesn't come from being handed easy matches. Everyone he's ever faced at Mania will likely end up in the WWE Hall of Fame. Among the retired (or at least inactive) opponents, Cena has grappled with JBL, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Batista, and The Rock.

Still on the active roster, he's faced the likes of the Big Show, Triple H, Randy Orton, The Miz, Bray Wyatt and Rusev.


John Cena has had a lot of really good Mania moments, but it's hard to pick just one defining WrestleMania Moment. The huge win over JBL at WM21 for his first WWE Championship and his rematch victory over The Rock at WM29 for the same strap are probably the two most iconic WM Cena scenes.

Predictions for WrestleMania 32

John Cena is sidelined with an injury, meaning someone else has to fill the role as primary good-guy. The fans could go either way on Shane and Undertaker, and Dean Ambrose is playing a sort of anti-hero psycho. WWE wants the WWE Universe to embrace Roman Reigns as the new Cena. Will a title match against Triple H deliver? Will The Big Dog prove he's ready to step into the role that the leader of the Cenation has played for so long?

As for Cena himself, expect him to have some camera time at the event, hopefully in a promo duel with The Rock.

WrestleMania 32airs live on the WWE Network on April 3rd.

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