John Cena's 50 greatest matches

#20 John Cena vs. JBL: Judgment Day 2005 (May 22, 2005)

Following his WWE Title loss to John Cena at WrestleMania 21, JBL had a chance to redeem himself against The Champ in an “I Quit” Match at Judgment Day. His strategy was simple, overpower and beat Cena until he couldn’t take anymore. But winning the WWE Championship on The Grandest Stage of Them All gave Cena a newfound confidence, which was clear as he entered the ring on the flatbed of a tractor-trailer with a DJ playing his entrance theme.

The contest itself was brutal, cementing a character trait of Cena’s that he rarely receives credit for – he is one of the toughest Superstars ever. Neither competitor maintained any advantage for long as Cena put JBL through an announce table, but the financial guru countered with a devastating steel chair attack. The battle raged all over Minneapolis’ Target Center and both men refused to throw in the towel. Eventually, JBL’s own strategy of beating his opponent into quitting backfired and in order to save himself from the wrath of a steel-pipe wielding Cena, the New York native quit and the Cenation leader proved to be a true champion.