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The match that changed John Cena's career

Over at WWE.comZach Linder has an awesome post looking at the matches the changed the career's of 11 wrestlers within the company. This isn't a kayfabed article featuring big stars talking about title victories that propelled them to superstardom. It's a legitimate look at when each wrestler felt like they figured out just what the hell they were doing in there, or at least came to some realization on their career as a whole.

Here's an excerpt of what the current face of WWE, John Cena, had to say about the match that changed his career, his debut bout on the main roster against Kurt Angle on SmackDown on June 27, 2002 (yes, he's actually been around this long):

"It wasn't the match itself, or the body of the match, it was the fact that it happened. It's not that I was more or less accepted backstage. I didn't have a sense of entitlement, achievement or acceptance. I knew I had a start. And if you look back, it was an improper start, but a start nonetheless. It just didn't work. The situation I was put in wasn't the right time. I would soon evolve into something extremely different and go from there. But the most important thing about it was it was a beginning. You can't have a good story without a beginning."

Click here to read the rest of the post, which includes Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes, and more.

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