Here’s How John Cena Brought Brock Lesnar Back in His Groove After Long Hiatus From WWE

Published 04/22/2022, 10:30 AM EDT

Brock Lesnar and John Cena are probably two of the most successful WWE superstars of all time. Throughout their WWE careers, Lesnar and Cena made the headlines continuously.


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Brock Lesnar and John Cena did not have many singles matches, but whenever they had a singles match, it never disappointed the fans.

The Beast Incarnate had a dream start to his WWE career. In 2000, Brock Lesnar signed for WWE. After two years, he made his WWE main roster debut.


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Since then, there was no looking back for him. Earning the nickname “The Next Big Thing,” Lesnar had immediate success.

He defeated Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at WWE SummerSlam 2002 to become the youngest WWE Champion.

Brock Lesnar also took on John Cena in the early stages of his career. But they never had a big rivalry in the 2000s.

Following his success in UFC and his failed attempt at pursuing a career in NFL, the Beast Incarnate returned to WWE in 2012. After his return, he made John Cena his first target. The two men got involved in a feud that is going to be remembered forever.

John Cena defeated Brock Lesnar at WWE Extreme Rules 2012

On his return, Lesnar delivered an F5 to John Cena in the middle of the ring on WWE Raw. This sparked a major feud between Cena and Lesnar.

In the following week, Cena had his revenge on Lesnar. After interrupting a segment involving Lesnar and John Laurinaitis, the 16-time World Champion slapped the Beast Incarnate in the middle of the ring.

Now, Lesnar is someone who will never stay quiet after getting slapped by someone, be it a WWE superstar or a WWE official. Thus, he took Cena down immediately and the two stars got involved in a massive brawl.

The brawl got so intense that almost the entire locker room came out to separate these two individuals.

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Later, they got to settle out their differences in an Extreme Rules Match at WWE Extremer Rules 2012.

At WWE Extreme Rules 2012, Brock Lesnar dominated John Cena. But the never give up attitude of Cena proved to be a big hurdle between Lesnar and the win.

At one point in the match, Lesnar delivered an F5 to Cena. But while delivering the F5, the referee got knocked out. Soon, another referee came in. But Lesnar failed to pin his opponent successfully as John Cena kicked out.

Later, Lesnar also applied the Kimura Lock. But Cena once again showed his strength and determination as he slammed Lesnar on the metal steps to break the hold.

In the end, John Cena picked up the victory after delivering an Attitude Adjustment to Lesnar on the steel steps.

The Beast Incarnate got his revenge on John Cena at WWE SummerSlam 2014

Their Extreme Rules match was not a title match. But at WWE SummerSlam 2014, Lesnar and Cena competed in a singles match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.


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Just like in their match at WWE Extreme Rules 2012, Lesnar had control of the match. The Beast Incarnate hit several German Suplexes and an F5 on Cena.

However, John Cena did not give up. He hit Lesnar with an AA and also locked in the STF on Lesnar. But Brock Lesnar looked determined and focused, and Cena failed to keep Lesnar down.


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In the end, Brock Lesnar hit John Cena with a second F5 to get his hands on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on that night.


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Shouvik Nath

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Shouvik Nath is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation from St.Xavier’s College, Shouvik wished to follow his passion for pro wrestling.