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Booker T Recalls Beating John Cena So Bad It “Looked Like A Crime Scene”

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John Cena may be one of WWE’s top Superstars, but this didn’t stop him from being beaten to a pulp by King Booker’s Court in 2006.

Since debuting in June 2002, John Cena has grown to become one of the biggest names in WWE history, with a multitude of World Championship victories to his name and countless pay-per-view main events. It may come as a surprise, then, that in 2006, Cena was brutally beaten down by Booker T, Finlay, and William Regal during the former’s time as King Booker.

This came at the request of Cena’s rival at the time, Edge. Cena was left a mess by the end of the assault and was even made to kiss Booker T’s feet while ‘The Rated R Superstar’ looked on, grimacing. In 2006, Edge and Cena contested an epic WWE Championship rivalry that concluded when Cena dethroned the 2012 Hall of Fame headliner at the Unforgiven pay-per-view in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.

Talking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T discussed the declining ratings of AEW Rampage, stating that the younger demographic of fans, such as those who may be more inclined to watch the WWE product, may not enjoy stipulations that AEW endorses, such as the Texas Deathmatch and the Blood & Guts match. He compared this to the John Cena incident (h/t Sportskeeda):

“I know there’s somebody out there that goes, ‘What about the Attitude Era?’ The Attitude Era was different. A different time so I cannot compare, you know, the way it was [then]. You get cancelled these days for doing some stuff on television back then.

You cannot look at it [the same way]. The way me and William Regal beat John Cena on television, they can’t do that today. We beat the hell outta him… it was a crime scene [laughs].”

All Elite Wrestling has made use of barbaric and bloody stipulations since its inception, with last week’s Good Friday edition of Rampage playing host to a Texas Deathmatch between Adam Cole and the defending AEW World Champion, Adam Page. WWE, meanwhile, has maintained a TV-PG rating since the summer of 2008.

Booker T is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, being a multi-time World Heavyweight Champion across World Championship Wrestling and WWE, alongside a King of the Ring victory and two Hall of Fame inductions. Although he spends his days giving his views on the current wrestling product, Booker T has wrestled as recently as February 2020 for his Reality of Wrestling promotion.