first i wanna say that for a long time wrestling fan like me (trey) its cool to see how these legends got into the biz, for example it was cool to see how john cena used to wrestle for smackdown.
great match listing to, with great matches like john cena vs. randy orton from raw and john cena vs. randy orton frmo a different raw all great matches. ***3/4
Edit: Okay, I'm going to have to take over from here. Trey is new here and I'll need to work with him on some (most) things. Thanks Trey for giving it a shot - everyone hit up his tripod site, I think he's just finding out about Twitter but I'm sure he has a Tout, so look him up there.
Anyway, I'm impressed that the WWE is taking this Orton/Cena TLC match so seriously that they made a Greatest Rivalries DVD in time for the PPV. It's 102 discs (these guys have faced each other a lot) so I might not get through the whole thing, but here we go:
PROTOTYPE VS. RANDY ORTON - OVW, 2002
This, I believe, is their first ever match. It is (you guessed it) NOT GOOD.
Unbelievably, the interview before the match reveals that John Cena has always been combining goofy impressions and references with maniacal screaming in his promos. Also, Randy Orton calls Jim Cornette "Jimmy" a number of times.
John Cena's entrance music is Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song. The match gets a small boring chant. Cena takes a DDT and comedy sells it by getting up and falling back down again. Jim Cornette is constantly mentioning Nidia on commentary, which is a weird turn of events where for once the announcers can't stop talking about a diva during a John Cena match.
This was bad. But it'll get better. On to the sit down interview.
Lots of giggling and bad jokes from Cena and Cole who talk about how great of friends they are. Orton idly tugs at his pants, as if he's never seen them before. They touch on how fun wrestling is when you're always the champ and the best, then they all share a bizarre knowing laugh. This is too weird, I'm gonna skip a few discs ahead.
CENA/ORTON BACKSTAGE - BACKLASH, 2007
There are a ton of promos on this set. This one highlights how John Cena thinks Randy Orton is gay, and Ron Simmons shows up to really hammer it home. Wait, there has to be better promos on here. Okay what about this one: John Cena and Randy Orton are friends, PROOF!
John Cena (Prototype) def. Randy Orton
Raw, Nov. 13th, 2005
WWE Champion John Cena def. Randy Orton
Raw, Feb. 19th, 2007
WWE & World Tag Team Champion John Cena def. Randy Orton
Raw, May 7th, 2007
WWE Champion John Cena fought Randy Orton to a no contest
SummerSlam, Aug. 26th, 2007
WWE Champion John Cena def. Randy Orton
Unforgiven, Sept. 16th, 2007
Randy Orton def. WWE Champion John Cena via DQ
No Way Out, Feb. 17th, 2008
John Cena def. WWE Champion Randy Orton via DQ
Raw, Feb. 18th, 2008
John Cena def. WWE Champion Randy Orton
Raw, May 12th, 2008
Randy Orton def. John Cena
SummerSlam, Aug. 23rd, 2009
WWE Champion Randy Orton def. John Cena
Breaking Point, Sept. 13th, 2009
John Cena def. WWE Champion Randy Orton (I Quit Match)
Raw, Sept. 28th, 2009
WWE Champion John Cena fought Randy Orton to a no contest (Gauntlet Match)
Hell In A Cell, Oct. 4th, 2009
Randy Orton def. WWE Champion John Cena
Bragging Rights, Oct. 25th, 2009
John Cena defeated WWE Champion Randy Orton (Iron Man Match)
Raw Slammy Awards, Dec. 14th, 2009
John Cena def. Randy Orton (Superstar of the Year Tournament Finals)
Raw, Sept. 13th, 2010
Randy Orton def. John Cena (Tables Match)
TLC, Dec. 15th, 2013
WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena def. WWE Champion Randy Orton (TLC Match)
My god there's a lot of matches. And these are just their one on one stuff. There's a good 50-50 discs of triple threat and tag team matches. AND this one lists Cena as already winning the TLC match, WOW they're lazy.
Just looking at this ridiculous list makes it pretty obvious why the Unification Match has received a ton of criticism from fans. These two have been involved with one another A LOT, almost always with the WWE Title in the picture (and Triple H, but that's a whole other fake DVD set). It's been eight REAL years of Cena and Orton hovering around the WWE Championship. I really didn't need to make this up to illustrate why Orton vs. Cena for both World Titles to determine who is the Best Guy Ever But Not As Good As Triple H is not a thing anybody wants to see or get behind or even chant Dan-iel-Bry-An at.
I hate that I paid 499.99 for this stupid pile of crap.
I should've just left this to Trey.