20 years after destroying fan in rap battle, John Cena reunites with same person in wholesome moment

John Cena, a WWE superstar, dedicated nearly a decade of his career to WWE, where he claimed 16 world titles, needing just one more to become the most decorated title holder in WWE history. Cena’s star power stems from his remarkable ability to connect with WWE fans.

Recently, a video that had been lost for over two decades surfaced online, revealing a younger version of the “Cenation Leader” engaged in a rap battle with one of his fans. It’s fascinating that Cena’s rap battle opponent from his WWE NXT days has recently reconnected with him.

John Cena reunites with fan he rap battled

John Cena’s success as the Doctor of Thuganomics helped launch his career before he became a WWE superstar. His rapping talents made him famous for dissing both his rivals and his followers. To cheer on Carmelo Hayes, he made a surprise cameo on the most recent edition of WWE NXT.

Cena and Solo Sikoa fought in the last seconds of Hayes and Bron Breakker’s encounter. When Carmelo Hayes came out, Cena was at ringside. Cena’s former rap battle opponent was in the crowd when he recognized him, and the two of them exchanged friendly glances throughout the promo. 

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The megastar acknowledged his former rap battle opponent with a hand signal after a tweet featuring a picture and footage of their 2003 rap battle resurfaced. Cory Lutzow, Cena’s rap battle opponent, retweeted Cena’s post, expressing his surprise at the unexpected reunion and Cena’s remarkable memory. He found it astonishing that John Cena recalled their 20-year-old friendship with a simple hand gesture.

Cena’s Dr. Thuganomics run ended in 2005

It wasn’t until Cena joined WWE’s main roster in 2002 that he adopted the persona of the “Doctor of Thuganomics,” becoming a white rapper with his unique style. He was often seen wearing baseball caps and backward shirts and frequently delivered rhymes before his matches. From the early WWE Ruthless Aggression Era, John Cena’s “Doctor of Thuganomics” gimmick is well remembered by fans. 

In 2005, at WrestleMania 21, he won the WWE Championship and skyrocketed to superstardom. From that win, the 16-time-world champion started to shift his character. Some of his former supporters have turned against him as he adopted a more family-friendly image. Cena continued to be a major attraction for WWE even after the character change, which brings the question, “Why was the popular gimmick retired?”

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Although Cena’s place in WWE history is controversial, his impact on the sport cannot be denied. Despite moving on from the “Doctor of Thuganomics,” he continued to give fans unforgettable experiences by taking on legendary luminaries like Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock. Cena, who is tied with Ric Flair for the most WWE championships ever, has a knack for shocking and delighting the crowd.


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