Bobby Lashley Details Why Vince McMahon Put Him Against John Cena Early in His WWE Career

Published 11/12/2021, 12:00 PM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 21: John Cena speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley recalled his match with 16-time World Champion, John Cena. One of the most beloved WWE Superstars, John Cena, competed with Bobby Lashley at Great American Bash in 2007. Lashley, who had made his debut recently in 2005, went up against John Cena, who was already a superstar in the WWE.

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In a recent interview with talkSPORT, Bobby Lashley talked about that match-up. He mentioned how Vince McMahon pitted him against Cena very early in his WWE career, and what he gained from the match.

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Lashley said, “He [Vince McMahon] put me in that match with Cena that early in my career and everyone wants that Cena match. One, it’s more money [laughs], but two, you learn so much.”

“Without a doubt, whatever you say about Cena, he knows wrestling. Having the opportunity to be in there with him made me. It made people believe that maybe Bobby Lashley could be world champion. Many people heading into that match thought I might win. So just taking all that into consideration, he already brought me up to another level.”

Eventually, the encounter was won by the favorite, Cena, after he executed an ‘FU’ on Lashley.

John Cena and the WWE Championship

John Cena debuted in 2002 as a rookie. Cena’s WWE career took a turn for the better when he turned into a rapper gimmick and showed his rapping style to the WWE universe. As time passed, Cena got his chance to stand up for his first WWE Championship.

John Cena won his first WWE Championship in 2005 against John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL) at WrestleMania 21.

Cena bagged up some amazing matches in his title run. His second title run started with Edge by defeating him at Royal Rumble in 2006. Later on, he battled for the title with other WWE Superstars like Big Show, Chris Jericho, Batista, The Rock, Alberto Del Rio and many others.

However, the most iconic win for John Cena was against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, in the 2013 WrestleMania rematch. Earlier, in 2012, The Rock defeated John Cena at WrestleMania 28 but one year later, Cena won the rematch. At WrestleMania 30, Cena ended his feud with The Rock.

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His last title victory was against AJ Styles in 2017 at Royal Rumble. Cena last appeared at SummerSlam 2021 where he fought the Universal Champion Roman Reigns, unfortunately, losing against Reigns.

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Currently, Cena has not made any official statement about his return. If he does return, who should he challenge? Should it be Bobby Lashley, running it back to the old days? Do let us know in the comments.

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Yash Sawant

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Yash is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Yash is a BSC student and along with his studies follows his favorite sport. Being a WWE fan since 2012, Yash loves all things related to wrestling.

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