, when Cena and A-Train defeated Undertaker and Orlando Jordan in a tag team match.

Despite feuding, Cena and Benoit would later join forces as a makeshift tag team and on the November 27 episode of Smack Down!

both won a 20-man battle royal to earn a WWE Championship match when, after being the last two men remaining, they would eliminate each other at the same time and were both declared joint winners of the match.

Cena started his professional wrestling career in 1999 with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) and won the UPW Heavyweight Championship the following year.

Cena signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment, or simply WWE) in 2001, debuting on the WWE main roster in 2002.

Cena has the fourth-highest number of combined days as WWE Champion, behind Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund and Hulk Hogan. He has starred in the feature films The Marine (2006), 12 Rounds (2009), Legendary (2010), The Reunion (2011), Trainwreck (2015) and Sisters (2015).

He has also headlined WWE's flagship event Wrestle Mania on five different occasions (Wrestle Manias 22, 23, XXVII, XXVIII and 29) over the course of his career, as well as many others pay-per-view events. He has also made appearances on television shows including Manhunt, Deal or No Deal, MADtv, Saturday Night Live, Punk'd, Psych and Parks and Recreation.

Through the early months of 2002, Cena constantly found himself competing on house shows for the WWF, where he wrestled against the likes of Shelton Benjamin and Tommy Dreamer.

After his main roster call up in June 2002, Cena would continue to appear on OVW programming until the September 25 taping of OVW, where he lost to Kenny Brolin in a Loser Leaves OVW match.

In the early stages of the feud, Cena lost the United States Championship to Cabinet member Orlando Jordan, The feud with Angle also saw Cena add a secondary, submission based, finishing maneuver – the STFU (a stepover toehold sleeper, though named for a stepover toehold facelock) – when he was put into a triple threat submissions only match on the November 28 episode of Raw.