The road toWrestlemania 28 continues to go forward, with 53 days and counting outWrestlemania 28. We know the huge main event for Wrestlemania 28 is going to bethe Rock vs. John Cena. We talked about the Rock’s rather underwhelmingWrestlemania debut yesterday on the count down, now let’s take time to talkabout John Cena’s first match in Wrestlemania, his United States Championshipmatch against the Big Show.
John Cena’s Wrestlemania Debut vs. The Big Show.
John Cena has been a staple ofWrestlemania for years, but he started his career at Wrestlemania in theopening match, against the Big Show, at Wrestlemania XX from Madison SquareGarden on March 14th 2004. John Cena was starting to get rolling asa babyface as the Master of Thuganomics and the Big Show was always a mostlycredible heel, although he had been losing some steam.
The John Cena against Big Showfeud was it was, was rather weird. Big Show held the United States Title formonths in 2003 and in 2004, not really defending it all that much. John Cenawon many non title matches against the Big Show throughout that time, includingat the first ever Tribute to the Troops in 2003. With the move then known asthe F-U. It just seemed like a case of just throwing two men on the card tohave a match and to have a relatively hot opener, where it all begins again atWrestlemania XX.
Both men had pretty decent match,with John Cena scoring the win with the F-U, after using brass knuckles on theBig Show to set him up. Early babyface Cena was rather interesting, although itdid have a certain shelf life and he’s been playing a watered down version of acharacter that is not too much different for years. In his first Wrestlemaniamatch, John Cena wins his first championship, but most certainly not the last.Cena has competed in many Wrestlemania matches, but this is the onlyWrestlemania where he has not been featured in one of the two main World Titlematches, until this year, against the Rock and let’s face it, the Rock isbigger than any championship.
John Cena actually had a bit of awinning streak at Wrestlemania as well, winning his first four Wrestlemaniamatches until he lost in a Triple Threat Match against Triple H and defendingchampion Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 24 and not losing a one on one match untilthe Miz last year at Wrestlemania 27.