I don't have an issue with either loss outside of shit talk. I just find it weird how losing to a bonafide legend in Cena is treated as a negative. But other losses are A-okay. Like in an actual combat sports imagine that logic. Losing to a champ makes you a scrub, but losing to regional riff raff doesn't lolAdmittedly Sammy wasn't red hot or anything but he has been consistently over with crowds as a babyface. He has been prominently featured in every match/feud he's been involved with or without Jericho and has been doing pretty good.
I personally would have had him lose the first match and win the rematch but he got a huge pop for that win.