John Cena, Goldberg, and More: WWE Superstars With Bizarre Pre-Match Rituals

Published 05/12/2021, 1:54 PM EDT
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: John Cena looks on before his match against Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Superstitions and rituals are a part of human psychology no matter how much we deny or try to distance ourselves. Most of us have our own weird rituals or superstitions. Similarly, WWE Superstars also have their superstitions or pre-match rituals.


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John Cena- The face of WWE

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: John Cena prepares for his fight against Seth Rollins at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

John Cena is one of WWE’s biggest megastars, and those 16 World Championships to his name prove why. But even the face of the company has his own pre-match rituals that he follows every time. ‘


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Cena’s pre-match ritual includes drinking water from other people’s bottles. Cena never opens a new bottle of water. Never.

Now if we’re talking about the face of the company, how can we limit this to only one pre-match ritual? Cena’s other pre-match ritual is knocking on wood.

Speaking to WWE’s official website, Cena revealed he always knocks on wood ahead of his matches to enter the arena with the kind of energy he enters with!

The Bella Twins- WWE Hall of Famers

WWE Hall of Famers Nikki and Brie Bella also had some unique pre-match rituals that they followed over the course of their careers.

The Bellas revealed that, unlike others, they needed to meditate and pray ahead of their match. Nikki Bella detailed that both of them sought a calm mindset to get their heads in the right place.

Another pre-match ritual that the twins had was kissing each other on the cheek and slapping each other’s butts before heading out to the ring.

Goldberg – WWE Hall of Famer

Bill Goldberg is no layman sharing innate details about his preparation. But we do know one of his pre-match rituals, and we bet you have seen it too! ‘The Iconic’ Goldberg always banged his head on the door or locker room before his entrance. Well, now you know why he was always enraged!

Goldberg continued following his pre-match ritual even when he returned to WWE in 2017. Since his return, we’ve seen age catching up with the WWE Hall of Famer as he was visually bleeding during promos after the intense ‘head-banging’ entrance.



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TOKYO,JAPAN – JUNE 29: Cesaro and Ricochet compete during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Cesaro is known as the ‘Swiss Cyborg.’ It isn’t just a nickname, but the true embodiment of what he represents. The man is an absolute beast and is one of the strongest men of all time! Cesaro’s herculean strength comes from a vigorous workout, but his pre-match ritual will baffle you even more!

The ‘King of Swing’ is no normal human. He is a Cyborg. Cesaro does a lot of push-ups, and not just any kind, but variety of push-ups, and that too, with extra weight! No wonder he is bursting with energy and waiting to toss men from ring post to ring post every week!


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There are several other WWE Superstars who have their pre-match rituals and we’ll bring them to you. For now, these were the five superstars. Let us know whose rituals did you find the weirdest in the comments below.


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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.