By Brian Phelps
Before I get started, I have to list a couple of matches that do NOT count because apparently some people that read this post don't pay attention and keep listing these matches that clearly don't meet the criteria.
First off, Batista vs John Cena at Summerslam 2008 does NOT count. John Cena suffered a real life neck injury during the match from a Batista bomb that caused him to have to be pinned. The match did not end the way it was supposed to.
Triple H vs John Cena at Night of Champions 2008 does NOT count. Triple H is the owner's son-in-law so it's funny that the boss's son would be one to defeat Cena clean. In other words, the win does NOT count because it is tainted by backstage politics. In other words, it doesn't count because it's a conflict of interest.
Triple H vs John Cena vs Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 24 does NOT count. Any match where Cena is cleanly pinned that involves Triple H is tainted and does not count because Triple H is the owner's son-in-law and thus it is tainted by backstage politics. It's a conflict of interest. Also, in this post I clearly stated when is the last time John Cena lost a SINGLES match cleanly, and I also stated a match with NO special stipulations. Last time I checked, a triple threat match is not a singles match and it is a special stipulation. Another reason Triple Threat matches aren't counted is because they often provide fluke wins where a wrestler hits his finisher on a guy and then the third wrestler jumps in and steals a pin fall, or a wrestler will lose the match even though he specifically was never pinned.
Many people are wondering when is the last time that John Cena legitimately lost a match cleanly to another wrestler? By Cleanly, I mean he was legitimately pinned or submitted with NO distractions, NO outside interference, NO weapons, NO pinning Cena with Cena's foot on the bottom rope but the referee didn't see it, NO special stipulations, and NO real life injuries that occurred during a match that required the other wrestler to pin Cena to end the match in a way that it was not supposed to end (such as when Batista pinned John Cena at Summerslam 2008 after Cena suffered a neck injury caused by a Batista Bomb during the match). This also means NO fluke Money in the Bank cash in victories such as Edge taking advantage of a tired and exhausted John Cena moments after Cena won the Elimination Chamber Match back in 2006.
In other words, when is the last time John Cena legitimately lost a one-on-one singles match CLEANLY to another wrestler where it was legitimately planned for John Cena to lose cleanly with no interference, weapons, cheating, special stipulations etc. The answer is April 23, 2007 on Monday Night RAW, John Cena and Shawn Michaels faced off in a rematch from Wrestlemania 23. The match went an entire hour and ended after John Cena attempted an Attitude Adjustment Finisher on Shawn Michaels. Shawn Michaels actually landed on his feet, and jumped back towards John Cena for all he was worth and hit 'Sweet Chin Music' and collapsed onto Cena for the CLEAN pin fall victory. Shawn Michaels defeated John Cena with no outside interference, no weapons, no special stipulations, no freak pectoral or neck injuries that caused Cena to have to be pinned so he could go to a real life hospital, and no controversial "my foot was on the bottom rope but the referee didn't see it" endings. Shawn Michaels also is not Vince's son-in-law so Shawn Michaels victory is not tainted by a conflict of interest like Triple H's matches are. Michaels simply out wrestled Cena and beat him in a basic singles match-up. This was the last time as of 8/17/2011 that John Cena legitimately and cleanly with absolute certainty lost a BASIC SINGLES MATCH.
Upon becoming "Super Cena", this is the ONLY time that John Cena has really put over another wrestler CLEANLY.