John Cena's 50 greatest matches

#21 John Cena vs. Kurt Angle: No Way Out 2005 (Feb. 20, 2005)

In 2005, the Cenation leader had an opportunity to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 21, but there was one major obstacle standing in his way — Kurt Angle. Since his debut against Angle in 2002, Cena struggled to best the Olympic gold medalist in singles competition. But at No Way Out 2005, the stakes could not have been higher.

The two rivals had a history of giving each other everything and then some and their battle in Angle’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., did not disappoint. Both Superstars traded momentum throughout the contest, both trying on numerous occasions to take the other out with their respective finishing maneuvers.

In the three years since his debut, Cena had clearly grown as a competitor and Angle’s frustration was obvious. In an attempt to stop the future “Champ” once and for all, the Olympic gold medalist tried to use Cena’s own steel chain against him. Instead, Angle received an Attitude Adjustment and the Cenation leader secured his first WWE Championship Match on The Grandest Stage of Them All. (WATCH FULL MATCH)