On this day in Pro Wrestling History in 2002, John Cena made his WWE debut on a taped episode of SmackDown.
Kurt Angle issued an open challenge and it was answered by John Cena. Cena introduced himself to Angle and coined the phrase “Ruthless Aggression” in this segment.
The match between Angle and Cena ended with Cena losing by a pinning combination after a hard fought battle. After the match, Cena was congratulated by The Undertaker, Rikishi, Faarooq and Billy Kidman.
You can watch Cena’s debut along with Undertaker congratulating him below: