MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 31: John Cena attends "The Road to F9" Global Fan Extravaganza at Maurice A. Ferre Park on January 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
The Only Time John Cena Ever Pulled Off a Suicide Dive
The so-called Five Moves Of Doom that Cena employs in most matches has made him the legend that he is today, but they have also resulted in plenty of criticism about his creativity inside the ring. However, the biggest rebuttal to this criticism is when John Cena faced his greatest rival, CM Punk, pulling out a never-before-seen maneuver.
At Night of Champions 2012, in their final one-on-one encounter for the WWE Championship, Cena did the unthinkable by performing a suicide dive on Punk, something that he had never done before and has not done since. Cena's variation of the move shocked everyone, including himself and Paul Heyman, Punk's manager, as they both stood in awe following the high-risk dive.
While Cena's suicide dive ended up being an anomaly, it served as the beginning of the end of the Five Moves of Doom narrative. Implementing hurricanranas and sunset flips into his base move set, Cena famously unveiled the Springboard Stunner in his WrestleMania 31 match against Rusev and used it consistently throughout his 2015 United States Championship reign.