WATCH: R- Truth Imitates John Cena’s Signature Move in His Match Against AJ Styles on WWE Raw

Published 01/25/2021, 11:02 PM EST
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: John Cena wins his match against the Miz at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)


R-Truth paid homage to John Cena in his match with AJ Styles on Raw. He had claimed that he would eliminate AJ Styles from the list of Superstars booked for the Royal Rumble Men’s match.

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It was an ambitious claim, and AJ Styles knew how to shut him down. ‘The Phenomenal One’ ensured to pick apart the 24*7 champion in the non-title match.

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R-Truth dove into his inner John Cena energy and used a Five Knuckle Shuffle on AJ Styles; additionally, he tried to attempt another one of John Cena’s moves, the STF. Unfortunately for R-Truth, this would be the beginning of his end.

AJ Styles used a Calf Crusher and secured the win, denying R-Truth the opportunity to fight at Royal Rumble.

What is the John Cena Five Knuckle Shuffle?

John Cena has been using the Five Knuckle Shuffle since the beginning of his career and will continue to do so whenever he steps inside the ring. This move builds the connection between his wrestling career and rap career.

The Five Knuckle Shuffle is from his album “You Can’t See Me”, and he uses it to show that he is too quick for his opponent. A popular meme generated around this concept says that Cena is truly invisible.

Coming to STF, it stands for ‘Standover Toehold Facelock.’ Even though this move looks standard, pro-wrestlers have claimed that it can cause unbearable pain.

Superstars who have used John Cena’s signature moves

AJ Styles used this move against John Cena himself when both of them were booked in a rivalry in 2016. Even though Cena defeated Styles, Styles’ attempt impressed the audience.

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Seth Rollins used two of John Cena’s signature moves, the AA and Attitude Adjustment, on Cena himself. This time, Rollins could turn the match in his favor and defeat Cena.

Other Superstars such as Randy Orton, Kevin Owens, and Rey Mysterio have often paid tribute to John Cena by using some of his finishing moves.

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Which one of John Cena’s signature moves is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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