The Champ Was Here: Recounting John Cena's U.S. Title Run

The Champ Was Here: Recounting John Cena's 2015 U.S. Title Run

At first, he was hated by the fans. During the summer, however, he changed their opinion with the matches he had.


John Cena remains a polarizing figure in WWE today. Although his schedule is more geared towards movies and TV shows at the moment, Cena's track record with WWE highlights the megastar status he has acquired since joining the company in 2002. Various title reigns, main event matches, and incredible rivalries alone, Cena is regarded as this generation's Hulk Hogan. Just like any successful star, Cena has gotten tremendous jeers over the years. Recently, though, he has changed up his career motive and giving back to the newer stars of the company instead of holding the spotlight hostage.

It all started when he won the United States Championship at Wrestlemania 31 from Rusev.

The two had been exchanging words since the beginning of the year, but it was at Wrestlemania that Cena managed to end Rusev's undefeated streak and usher in his reign as U.S. Champion. Immediately after the Show of Shows, Cena kickstarted a new venture every Monday night: the U.S. Championship Open Challenge. Any superstar in the back could come down and have a championship match with Cena. Although Rusev would pop up now and then, it was the Open Challenge that made Monday nights interesting again for WWE fans.

Cena's early challengers were Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, even a brash Bad News Barret. They were good matches, to say the least, but one challenger surprisingly answered the call that raised a lot of eyes on what this storyline could produce.

John Cena vs. Sami Zayn – United States Championship Match: Raw, May 4, 2015

Introduced by Hall of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart, then-NXT star Sami Zayn arrived to accept Cena's challenge. Despite some nagging injuries, Zayn laid his heart out there to make a real go at Cena's title. I can't spoil everything for you, so check out the full match if you can online or at the WWE Network.

Exit: Sami Zayn. Enter: The Prizefighter.

After Zayn's prolific and gutsy performance, Cena managed to open the door for ANYONE to accept his challenge. Even other champions. Then-NXT champion Kevin Owens answered the call, but not for a second title. He wanted to make an impact on the main roster as he engaged in several feuds at the same time, his watershed moment being defeating Cena in a non-title match.

Kevin Owens confronts John Cena: Raw, May 18, 2015

Owens-Cena was the summer's best rivalry due to the unpredictability of Owens' character. His first win on the main roster, and subsequently his first PPV, propelled him as a major star for the future when Owens' time in NXT was up. The two fiercely brought out the best in each other, but Cena repelled the new guy on the block and stepped right back into his Open Challenges.

Cena's best match of this run would be against Cesaro, the workhorse wrestler who floundered in WWE for some time as a tag team specialist and a singles guy. His main event match against Cena on Raw proved to be an effective one, a match that people still talk about three years later.

John Cena vs. Cesaro - United States Championship Match: Raw, July 6, 2015

Cena's matches would continually get better and better each night he held the Open Challenge, which also set the tone for Raw getting more and more viewers. Although the ratings never peaked as they did back in the Attitude Era, Cena did manage to bring the best wrestlers down the aisle and take him to the limit.

Until he got to Summerslam and lost the title to Seth Rollins due to John Stewart's interference.

As soon as Cena lost the title to Rollins, it was over. Even after Cena won it back a month later, it was over. Cena would eventually lose the title to a returning Alberto del Rio before taking time off due to injury. The title flourished in the mid-card once again, including a disastrous reign from Roman Reigns who took it as a 'demotion', according to Cena.

The point was proven, though:

John Cena made the U.S. Title meaningful once again while also elevating new talent to superstardom.

That's how it was in 2015 when Cena made something special out of a title run rather than maintaining a tight grip on his ego. We have him to thank for Rusev, Owens, Zayn, Cesaro and others' prominence in WWE.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out:

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.


Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.


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