Editors' debate: Who is the most underrated Superstar in WWE?

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December 13, 2013

John Cena

As a guy who teared up when Mick Foley first won the WWE Title and continually pulled for the underdog, I wasn’t always sure how to feel about John Cena. He was the stereotypical jock with a Clark Kent jawline, the type of beefy Red Sox fan you might see wandering the UMass campus. But here’s the dirty little secret: He’s really, really good.

It almost inexplicable at this point that fans continue to chant “You can’t wrestle!” at a man who so clearly can. For someone with his muscle mass, John Cena’s finesse in the ring is, quite simply, astounding. Watch his versatility countering a bodyslam into a half-nelson spinning neckbreaker, or reversing a chokeslam in mid-air to an implant DDT. And then watch him follow up that savvy with a lariat that would make Stan Hansen proud. Cena’s not just about brushing the dust off his shoulder and socking you in the teeth. But he can do that, too.

You might not realize it, but John Cena has wrestled his way through so many amazing matches in so many styles. From gruesome encounters with JBL, to ECW-style melees against Sabu, to David vs. Goliath trials versus The Great Khali, Cena has won great matches against each and every single one of them. Even in his fantastic series against CM Punk, Cena rarely gets credit for bringing just as much of the drama to those matches as Punk.

There was backlash to Hulk Hogan after one too many Atomic Legdrops. There was even backlash to The Rock when he bailed for Hollywood. We really ought to appreciate Cena while we have him. — ZACH LINDER

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