John Cena is back and will challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam 2021! We’ve unearthed 10 iconic images from the last 10 years of SummerSlam, courtesy of WWE, to celebrate the Summer of Cena!
The Nexus vs. Team WWE, SummerSlam 2010
John Cena joined forces with some of WWE’s biggest names to combat The Nexus at SummerSlam 2010. While the NXT upstarts managed to eliminate the likes of Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, and Edge, Cena was the last man standing to earn his side the win in this 7-on-7 clash.
CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena (c), SummerSlam 2011
John Cena walked in to SummerSlam 2011 as WWE Champion… but so did CM Punk. With both men claiming to be the rightful titleholder, Triple H served as the special guest referee for this pivotal showdown to determine an undisputed champion.
CM Punk (c) vs. Big Show vs. John Cena, SummerSlam 2012
Cena would again compete for the WWE Championship in 2012, this time facing Big Show and CM Punk in a triple threat. Cena shocked the WWE Universe at Los Angeles’ Staples Center when he was able to trap the World’s Largest Athlete in the STF.
John Cena (c) vs. Daniel Bryan, SummerSlam 2013
The Cenation were out in force but couldn’t stop the momentum of Daniel Bryan en route to Yes-tleMania as Bryan overcame Cena in an instant classic, ranked by WWE.com as one of 2013’s top matches.
John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar, SummerSlam 2014
SummerSlam 2014 will live in the WWE Universe’s memory as the birth of Suplex City at the expense of John Cena. Cena, the defending WWE Champion, put up a valiant effort but couldn’t withstand 15 German Suplexes from Brock Lesnar as he smashed his way back to the title.
Baron Corbin vs. John Cena, SummerSlam 2017
Cena overcame Baron Corbin in a back-and-forth battle at SummerSlam 2017 in what would be the Hollywood-bound Cena’s last SummerSlam appearance until his return this Sunday.
SummerSlam 2021, featuring John Cena vs. Roman Reigns, streams live from 12pm (NZST) Sunday, August 22 on Sky Arena & WWE Network.