John Cena is arguably the biggest WWE Superstar of this generation. He’s a role model for many kids and adults, who look up to his spirit to never give up! During his entrance, Cena pulls out a towel with the words “Never Give Up” written on it, and show it to the camera. After the PG era, Cena was a guy who overcomes all the odds put against him. This gives all the fans sitting at home watching The C-Nation Leader a huge life lesson.
While in recent years, he started to take quite a few pinfalls in his matches to put over younger superstars. However, it’s an exception to see a superstar keep Cena down on the mat for a three-count. WWENEWS listed four occasions when Cena tapped out to his opponents in the ring.
John Cena took on Chris Jericho on an episode of SmackDown in 2002. Y2J caught Cena in the Walls of Jericho, and he eventually tapped out. This was the very first instance when Cena tapped out in the middle of the ring to his opponent. After this loss, Cena had adopted his Never Give Up gimmick.
John Cena and Chris Benoit put on a solid match during an episode of SmackDown in December 2003. They wrestled to become the #1 contender for then WWE Champion Brock Lesnar Big Show caused a distraction which allowed Chris to apply his famous submission Crippler Crossface. Cena immediately tapped out making Chris the #1 contender for the WWE title. He proceeded to have a program with Big Show for the United States title that culminated at WrestleMania 20. That’s how Cena bagged his first Championship belt in WWE.
The only superstar in this list who have made John Cena tap out not once, but twice is Kurt Angle. The two had a match at No Mercy 2003, with Cena playing the heel “Thuganomics” gimmick. The Olympic Hero ended up transitioning the F-U into an Ankle Lock, forcing Cena to tap out.
Back in 2004, John Cena squared off against Kurt Angle & Big Show in a triple threat match at No Way Out PPV. Kurt made Cena tap in what was a highly exciting bout. He angle-slammed Big Show out of the ring and then caught Cena in the Anklelock. Cena was helpless and he tapped for the second time to the Olympic Gold-Medalist.