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On This Date in WWE History (Apr. 27): Brock Lesnar vs John Cena for the WWE Championship

This Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the 'Extreme Rules' match up between Brock Lesnar and John Cena, but it wasn't the first time they tangled. Find out the story behind their first meeting and the match right here.


Don't adjust your calendars, Cagesiders, it isn't Monday (April 29) quite yet. That's when Brock Lesnar and John Cena met inside a steel cage at WWE's Extreme Rules in Chicago, IL last year (2012). But ten years ago, almost to the day, the two went head-to-head for the WWE Championship at Backlash 2003. Spooky, am I right?

A villainous Cena -- if you can believe that -- challenged "The Next Big Thing" after Lesnar whipped the rappin' wrestler against the ring post with an F5, busting his knee up. Cena recovered and entered into a tournament to crown a number one contender following WrestleMania XIX.

He defeated the likes of Eddie Guerrero, The Undertaker and Chris Benoit to win the whole thing, earning a spot against Lesnar at the pay-per-view (PPV).

It's funny how as much as things change, they stay the same. While Cena is the Kangol-wearing, throwback jersey-sporting rapper he was then, his beef with Lesnar arises from a dastardly F5 from the big man.

Full match up next:

John Cena vs Brock Lesnar - Backlash 2003 by 1BadboyMMA


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