Sports-entertainment’s 15 most crushing losses

The most unsettling thing about John Cena’s savaging at the meaty hands of Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules 2014 — besides, y’know, the 16 German suplexes — was the faraway sound of a lone child chanting, “Let’s go Cena!” as his hero got manhandled before his hopeful eyes.

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It was a disturbing scene, but instances of ultimate humility like that are where the true nature of our favorite Superstars shines through. For some, these debilitating losses represent a new foundation from which to rise again. For other Superstars, though, these shortfalls signify failure not only to themselves, but to the WWE Universe as a whole.

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But which defeats were the most devastating? Join as we count down the 15 most crushing losses ever experienced in WWE.