John Cena's 50 greatest matches

#24 John Cena vs. Randy Orton: Breaking Point 2009 (Sept. 13, 2009)

John Cena’s “Never Give Up” motto was put to the ultimate test against longtime rival Randy Orton at Breaking Point 2009, where the Cenation leader challenged The Viper for the WWE Championship in a sadistic “I Quit” Match.

After leveling Cena with an RKO onto a steel chair less than one week earlier on Raw, the calculating Viper used all manner of vicious weaponry — including the steel steps and a TV monitor — to target Cena’s skull. Orton cruelly brought handcuffs into play to further incapacitate Cena, punishing his reeling challenger with a diabolical succession of strikes to the head and ribs with a Singapore cane. Nearly losing consciousness from the pain at one point in the bout, Cena ultimately persevered, and at the opportune time handcuffed WWE’s Apex Predator to himself and left The Viper with nowhere to go. Using the chain of the handcuffs to apply additional pressure on Orton’s neck and shoulder with the STF, Cena ultimately captured the WWE Title by making his opponent say the two words he himself has never said: “I quit.”  (WATCH)