John Cena
Professional wrestler, an amateur hip hop musician and actor
John Cena
John Felix Anthony Cena is an American professional wrestler, rapper and actor. He is currently signed to WWE. In WWE, Cena has won 19 championships in total, including 12 world titles (having won the WWE Championship a record 10 times and the World Heavyweight Championship twice).
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The 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' Trailer Dropped And It Looks Epic
Huffington Post - 14 days
If you’re a “The Late Late Show with James Corden” fan, then you’re sure to be a “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” fan. Corden’s now-iconic “Carpool Karaoke” segment has officially broken out into a show of its own and the trailer is proof that it’ll be a great time for all. The series, originally announced in July 2016, will be exclusively available on Apple Music. The star-studded trailer features an incredible musical mashup showcasing the talents of John Cena, Metallica, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Will Smith, Shaq, Ariana Grande and more.  What sets the series apart from Corden’s original segment is that the late-night host isn’t always the driver and the host/guests don’t stay in the car the whole time. In the 16-episode series, each segment will incorporate various celebrities taking part in weird activities like cryotherapy, wedding crashing, and shooting hoops. It’s clearly going to be amazing. The exact launch date is unknown for now, but ...
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John Cena Tying Ric Flair's World Championship Record Elevates Both WWE Legends
Forbes - 23 days
John Cena tied Ric Flair's world championship record at the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble, to predictably mixed fan reaction. But this is a good thing for both WWE legends. House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa breaks it down
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John Cena Is Hosting The 2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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John Cena And Why His Kenny Omega Social Media Posts Mean Nothing
Forbes - about 2 months
Have pro wrestling fans learned nothing from John Cena's troll-by-design Instagram account? His latest prank? Cryptic posts hinting toward the WWE debut of Kenny Omega.
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Royal Rumble 2017: John Cena And AJ Styles Set Gold Standard For WWE Promos In Reality Era
Forbes - about 2 months
John Cena and AJ Styles just might have delivered the No. 1 and No. 2 promos of the year Tuesday night on SmackDown Live. House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa breaks down how Styles and Cena have set the gold standard for WWE promos in the reality era.
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John Cena, Roman Reigns Twitter Feud Could Culminate In WrestleMania 33 Main Event
Forbes - about 2 months
Credit: In a modern WWE landscape filled with overdone feuds and pay-per-view quality matches on free TV, the one match that WWE has somehow protected is Roman Reigns vs. John Cena. It’s pretty much the only pairing between two full-time stars that carries a dream match quality to it. And with [...]
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John Cena And 5 Quotes From His SmackDown Return Promo That Suggest A Heel-Turn
Forbes - 2 months
During his return to SmackDown Live, something seemed a bit different about John Cena as a very buzzworthy promo left fans asking whether 2017 would be the year of a long-awaited heel-turn.
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John Cena Shares The Secrets Of His Puzzling Instagram Account On 'SNL'
Huffington Post - 3 months
John Cena is renowned for posting ambiguous images to Instagram. The professional wrestler and actor himself states on his profile that he uploads them “without explanation for your interpretation.” But he went some way to explaining some of the pictures on “Saturday Night Live.” For example, this random image of a sperm he posted back in 2013? A photo posted by John Cena (@johncena) on Sep 4, 2013 at 10:03am PDT That was in response to someone asking him for a selfie. “I posted an older one,” he said in complete deadpan style in the segment. “It’s me as a sperm cell, get it?” So now his 5.5 million followers know! Hear more explanations for his image selections in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=584d13f9e4b04c8e2bb03e77,584cf5b3e4b0bd9c3dfd2ffc,584d01c9e4b04c8e2bb03df9 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It ...
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John Cena Looks At The World Through Donald Trump’s Eyes On 'SNL'
Huffington Post - 3 months
“Saturday Night Live” imagined how President-elect Donald Trump sees the world in a hilarious point-of-view shot skit. The “Through Donald’s Eyes” segment featured guest host John Cena as the incoming Commander in Chief waking up to watch “Fox & Friends” and read The New York Times. But everything is filtered to his own views. So on the television, all Trump hears is positive words like “huge,” “success,” “landslide” and “victory” ― while to him the newspaper’s masthead reads as “The Failing New York Times,” in reference to the disparaging nickname he’s often given it. The pro-wrestler and actor as Trump later admires his large hands in the mirror, before Kate McKinnon as his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway promises to fix all his problems. “Mommy lives for you,” she says. Check it out in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=584cf5b3e4b0bd9c3dfd2ffc,584d13f9e4b04c8e2bb03e77,584c0b7ce4b0bd ...
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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Mary Poppins’ and John Cena on ‘S.N.L.’
NYTimes - 3 months
Have a jolly holiday with the one and only “Mary Poppins.” Or ogle the strongman John Cena on “Saturday Night Live.”
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Beginning Of The End For John Cena In WWE: What's Left For Part-Time Superstar?
Forbes - 3 months
John Cena will host Saturday Night Live, which highlights the beginnging of the end of Cena in WWE as we know it. So what big-time feuds should WWE have lined up for Cena before he goes Hollywood? House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa breaks it down
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This Week In WWE Biz: John Cena Upset Over Goldberg?, Roman Reigns Plans, Hulk Hogan Return, More
Forbes - 3 months
WWE and John Cena may have tension because of Goldberg, plus original plans for Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens, Hulk Hogan's potential return, Matt Hardy to WWE update, Cesaro and Sheamus drama, Daniel Bryan's impact on SmackDown, Ric Flair returning and more.
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Casey Affleck, John Cena to debut as 'SNL' hosts - New York Daily News
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New York Daily News Casey Affleck, John Cena to debut as 'SNL' hosts New York Daily News John Cena will make his “Saturday Night Live” debut when he hosts the late night sketch show on Dec. 10, along with musical guest Maren Morris. “Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck, who's already considered a front-runner for a Best Actor Oscar ... Casey Affleck and John Cena Tapped to Host 'Saturday Night Live'Hollywood Reporter Saturday Night Live: Emma Stone, John Cena, Casey Affleck final hosts of 2016Entertainment Weekly John Cena named Saturday Night Live Twitter all 44 news articles »
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How singing in WWE helped The Rock in his new movie
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as a demigod named Maui in the new Disney animated film MOANA. Not only does he sport an upper body full of tattoos and some long curly black locks, he also sings and raps his heart out. Now if you've watched WWE at any point in the last 15 years, you'll know that The Rock is no stranger to singing. He would often set up what he called "Rock concerts" where he would play guitar in the middle of the ring and mock opponents like John Cena or Stone Cold Steve Austin. When I chatted with The Rock, he told me that those years of singing in the middle of a wrestling ring actually helped him sing in MOANA. The music in the film is written by Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda. Johnson says: "What really helped was Lin-Manuel Miranda who wrote the music for our movie, did a lot of research and he pulled up all of those old concerts that I used to do in a WWE ring where I'm singing and I'm talking and I'm singing and I'm talking s--t. He had the grea ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Cena
  • 2016
    Age 38
    Cena hosted the ESPN ESPY Awards on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles.
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    On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, Cena was drafted to the SmackDown brand.
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    Cena co-hosted Today again on March 28–30 and May 9, 10, 13 and 30, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Cena hosts American Grit on Fox, which is a reality television series with 10 episodes. 16 men and women were split into four teams, where challenges were given. A $1 million USD prize was given to the winning team. American Grit premiered on FOX on April 14, 2016. Cena has been retweeting motivational tweets from his followers on Twitter who used the hashtag #ShowYourGrit, in a way that the fan did something motivational to his/her friends in a real-life scenario. The finale of Season 1 aired on June 9, 2016.
    John Cena hosted the 2016 ESPY Awards, becoming the first professional wrestler to do so.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, between his training in Ultimate Pro Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, Cena was involved in the UPN produced reality show Manhunt. Cena portrayed Big Tim Kingman, leader of the group of bounty hunters who chased down the contestants who acted as fugitives. The show, however, was mired in controversy when it was alleged that the portions of the show were rigged to eliminate certain players, scenes were re-shot or staged to enhance drama and contestants read from scripts.
    On January 7, 2016, Cena underwent surgery on a shoulder injury, which would keep him out of action for an undisclosed amount of time.
    More Details Hide Details Cena returned at WrestleMania 32, helping former rival The Rock fend off The Wyatt Family. Cena then made his full return on the Memorial Day edition of Raw on May 30, four months earlier than had been expected for his type of injury. He was confronted by AJ Styles, only to be betrayed by Styles, who joined his former Club teammates Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in attacking Cena. In his first match back since injury, Cena defeated Anderson via disqualification when Styles and Gallows interfered. This set up a match between Cena and Styles at Money in the Bank, which Styles won with interference from Gallows and Anderson. On the July 4 episode of Raw, Cena was again attacked by the Club, but was saved by Enzo Amore and Big Cass. Subsequently, a six-man tag team match was made between the two teams for Battleground.
  • 2015
    Age 37
    Cena appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on August 21, 2015.
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    He co-hosted the show again on December 28 and 29, 2015.
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    On August 17, 2015 Cena guest co-hosted Today on NBC.
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    In 2015, Cena made appearances in the comedy films Trainwreck, Sisters and a cameo in Daddy's Home.
    More Details Hide Details He was the pace car driver for the 58th annual Daytona 500.
    In 2015, WWE credited Cena as being the "face of WWE" from 2004, while in 2012, IGN described Cena as WWE's franchise player since 2005.
    More Details Hide Details So far in his career, Cena has won 24 championships, with 15 reigns as a world champion (12 times as WWE Champion – with his last reign being as WWE World Heavyweight Champion – and three times as World Heavyweight Champion), five reigns as United States Champion, and four reigns as world tag team champion (two World Tag Team and two WWE Tag Team). Furthermore, he is a Money in the Bank ladder match winner (2012), a two-time Royal Rumble winner (2008, 2013), and a three-time Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner (2009, 2010, 2012). Cena has the fourth-highest number of combined days as WWE Champion, behind Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, and Hulk Hogan. He has also headlined WWE's flagship event, WrestleMania, on five different occasions (WrestleManias 22, 23, XXVII, XXVIII, and 29) over the course of his career.
  • 2014
    Age 36
    In October 2014, Cena was featured on two songs with rapper Wiz Khalifa for his two singles "All Day" and "Breaks" for the soundtrack to the WWE 2K15 video game.
    More Details Hide Details Non-acting appearances Cena appears in many video games; he made his video game debut in WWE Wrestlemania XIX. He then appeared in all WWE video games since 2004, which includes WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain, WWE SmackDown! vs Raw, WWE Day of Reckoning, WWE Day of Reckoning 2, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006, WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2007, WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2008, WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2009, WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2010, WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2011, WWE All Stars, WWE '12, WWE '13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16, and WWE 2K17. Cena is the subject of the Internet meme Unexpected John Cena, also known as simply Unexpected Cena or It's John Cena. Cena is a fan of Japanese anime and has mentioned that his favorite anime movie is Fist of the North Star. He has also said he is a fan of the video game series Command & Conquer and noted that it was his favorite game. Cena is also a fan of the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Cena collects muscle cars and has over 20, some of which are one-of-a-kind.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    Cena then defeated Ziggler on the January 7, 2013 episode of Raw in a singles match, and again in a steel cage match the following week, despite interference from AJ and Langston in both matches to end the feud.
    More Details Hide Details On January 27, Cena won his second Royal Rumble match, and later announced that he would pursue the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29. Cena, along with Ryback and Sheamus, began feuding with The Shield, which culminated in a six-man tag team match at Elimination Chamber, where The Shield were victorious. On the February 25 episode of Raw, Cena defeated CM Punk to reaffirm his status as number one contender for the Rock's WWE Championship. Cena then returned to his rivalry with The Rock, with Cena blaming his personal and professional troubles on his loss to The Rock the previous year, going so far as admitting his own vanity had cost him the match. At WrestleMania 29, Cena defeated Rock in their rematch to win his eleventh WWE Championship. Cena then began a rivalry with Ryback, during which Cena suffered a legitimate achilles tendon injury, while also battling The Shield and facing them in losing efforts. Cena defeated Ryback in a Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules, and in a Three Stages of Hell match at Payback. He defeated Mark Henry via submission at Money in the Bank. At SummerSlam, Cena lost the WWE Championship to Daniel Bryan, with Triple H as the special guest referee. The following night on Raw, Cena announced that he would undergo surgery for a triceps tear and would be out for four to six months.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On September 16, 2012, Cena debuted a new pink and black T-shirt and cap combo with the phrase "Rise Above Cancer" that he wore through October in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to his wrestling career, Cena is a rapper and a hip hop musician. Cena performed his fifth WWE theme song, "Basic Thuganomics," himself, and it was featured on the WWE soundtrack album WWE Originals. He also recorded a song,"Untouchables", for the company's next soundtrack album WWE ThemeAddict: The Music, Vol. 6. He collaborated on a remix for the song "H-U-S-T-L-E" along with Murs, E-40, and Chingo Bling. Cena's debut album, You Can't See Me, was recorded with his cousin Tha Trademarc. It features, amongst other songs, his entrance theme, "The Time is Now", and the single "Bad, Bad Man", for which a music video was made that parodied 1980s culture, including the television show The A-Team. A video was also made for the second single, "Right Now," and premiered on the August 8 Raw. Cena and Tha Trademarc were later featured on a track by The Perceptionists named "Champion Scratch." Cena will appear on Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins' upcoming album Still Cool featuring other guests.
    On May 1, 2012, Cena filed for divorce, which was finalized on July 18.
    More Details Hide Details The divorce was mentioned once during Cena's feud with The Rock amid their rematch at WrestleMania 29. Since November 2012, Cena has been dating fellow WWE Superstar Nikki Bella. Cena is also known to speak Mandarin Chinese, speaking the language relatively smoothly at a WWE/PPTV press conference in Shanghai.
  • 2011
    Age 33
    From late 2011 until WrestleMania XXVIII, Cena again switched to camo shorts (honoring the U.S. Armed Forces), to coincide with his black "Rise Above Hate" T-shirt promoting WWE's "Be a Star" anti-bullying campaign.
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  • 2010
    Age 32
    Cena co-starred in his third film produced by WWE Studios, titled Legendary, which was played in selected theaters starting on September 10, 2010, for a limited time, then it was released on DVD on September 28, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Cena starred in the children's film Fred: The Movie, a film based on Lucas Cruikshank's YouTube videos of the same name, where he plays Fred's imaginary father. The movie was first aired on Nickelodeon in September 2010.
    On the June 7, 2010 episode of Raw, Cena was suddenly thrust into a new storyline when during his main event match against CM Punk, he was attacked by all eight former contestants of the first season of NXT, with Wade Barrett as their leader.
    More Details Hide Details Punk, his follower Luke Gallows, and other personnel around the ring were attacked as well, but Cena took the worst of the attack and was carried out on a stretcher. This group later referred to itself as The Nexus. At Fatal 4-Way, Cena lost the WWE Championship to Sheamus, in a fatal four-way match involving Edge and Randy Orton, after The Nexus interfered. Cena again lost to Sheamus in a steel cage match at Money in the Bank, after The Nexus again interfered. Cena, in retaliation to The Nexus, formed an alliance with Edge, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, R-Truth, The Great Khali, and Bret Hart. They defeated The Nexus at SummerSlam, with help from the returning Daniel Bryan, a former member of Nexus, who replaced Khali after he was injured. Hoping to end The Nexus, Cena challenged Wade Barrett to a match at Hell in a Cell with the stipulations that if he were to lose, he would join The Nexus. After Barrett defeated Cena, he joined The Nexus, and was forced by the anonymous Raw general manager to follow their orders or be fired. Cena and fellow Nexus member David Otunga defeated Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre to win the WWE Tag Team Championship at Bragging Rights. Later that night, he was forced to help Barrett defeat Orton in a WWE Championship match, giving Barrett the disqualification win, but not the title.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    While promoting his 2009 film, 12 Rounds, Cena announced his engagement to his girlfriend Elizabeth Huberdeau. They were married on July 11, 2009.
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    In 2009, Cena expanded his relationship with Gillette by introducing a new online campaign called "Be A Superstar" featuring himself alongside fellow WWE wrestlers Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes.
    More Details Hide Details The campaign features motivational videos. During his WWE career, Cena's attire has attempted to reflect the most current fashions and stylings within the hip hop culture that his character represents. Cena started out wearing "throwback jerseys" until WWE produced specific Cena merchandise which he began wearing. While Cena was a member of the SmackDown! brand, one of his WWE produced T-shirts bore the suggestive spoonerism "Ruck Fules". Whenever it appeared on television the image was censored, not by the network, but by WWE to sell more shirts under the premise that it was "too hot for TV". He also wore a chain with a large padlock, occasionally using it as a weapon, until WrestleMania 21, when it was replaced with a chromed and diamond studded "Chain Gang" spinner medallion – reminiscent of the ones worn by members of G-Unit – matching his spinner title belt.
  • 2008
    Age 30
    In 2008, Cena filmed a commercial as part of Gillette's "Young Guns" NASCAR campaign.
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  • 2007
    Age 29
    For a time in 2007 he also endorsed two "signature collections" of energy drinks and energy bars sold by American Body Builders.
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    In 2007, Cena was interviewed for the CNN Special Investigations Unit documentary, Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling, which focused on steroid and drug use in professional wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details When asked if he had taken steroids he was heard to reply, "I can't tell you that I haven't, but you will never prove that I have", The day after the documentary aired, WWE accused CNN of taking Cena's comments out of context to present a biased point of view, backing up their claim by posting an unedited video of Cena answering the same question - filmed by WWE cameras from another angle - in which he is heard beginning the same statement with "absolutely not". A text interview on the website with Cena later had him saying the news outlet should apologize for misrepresenting him, which CNN refused, saying they felt the true answer to the question began with the phrase "my answer to that question". They did, however, edit the documentary on subsequent airings to include the "absolutely not". Cena hosted the Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards with Natalie Bassingthwaighte on October 11, 2008 in Melbourne.
    Cena was featured on the ABC reality series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, which aired in June 2007, making it to the final round before being eliminated on June 24, placing third in the competition overall.
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    In January 2007, Cena, Batista, and Ashley Massaro appeared representing WWE on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, giving the children of the family whose house was being renovated WWE merchandise and eight tickets to WrestleMania 23.
    More Details Hide Details Two months later, he and Bobby Lashley appeared on the NBC game show Deal or No Deal as "moral support" to longtime WWE fan and front row staple, Rick "Sign Guy" Achberger. Edge and Randy Orton also appeared, but as antagonists. On April 9, 2008, Cena, along with fellow wrestlers Triple H and Chris Jericho, appeared on the Idol Gives Back fund-raising special. In March 2009, Cena made an appearance on Saturday Night Live during the show's cold opening sequence. On March 7, 2009, he was a guest on NPR's quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in a Not My Job sequence titled "Sure, pro wrestling is a good gig, but when you win, do they throw teddy bears into the ring?".
  • 2006
    Age 28
    During his WWE career, Cena has appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! three times. Cena has also appeared on morning radio shows; including the CBS and XM versions of Opie and Anthony as part of their "walkover" on October 10, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Other appearances have included NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Fuse's Celebrity Playlist, Fox Sports Net's The Best Damn Sports Show Period, FOX's MADtv, G4's Training Camp (with Shelton Benjamin), and two appearances on MTV's Punk'd (August 2006 and May 2007), as the victim of a practical joke. He also served as a co-presenter, with Hulk Hogan, at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, as a guest judge during the third week of the 2006 season of Nashville Star, and appeared at the 2007 Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards.
    WWE Studios, a division of WWE which produces and finances motion pictures, produced Cena's first movie – The Marine, which was distributed theatrically by 20th Century Fox America beginning on October 13, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In its first week, the film made approximately US$7 million at the United States box office. After ten weeks in theaters, the film grossed $18.7 million. Once the film was released on DVD, it fared better, making $30 million in rentals in the first twelve weeks. His second film, also produced by WWE Studios, was 12 Rounds. Filming began on February 25, 2008 in New Orleans; the film was released on March 27, 2009.
    After getting into a worked physical altercation with Federline on Raw, Federline appeared at Cyber Sunday to hit Cena with the World Heavyweight Championship during the match, helping King Booker retain his championship. 2006 ended with Cena beginning a feud with the undefeated Umaga over the WWE Championship, while 2007 began with the end of his storyline with Kevin Federline.
    More Details Hide Details On the first Raw of the new year, Cena was pinned by Federline with an assist from Umaga, although later in the night he was able to get his hands on Federline performing an FU on him. One night after the Royal Rumble, an impromptu team of Cena and Shawn Michaels defeated Rated-RKO (Edge and Randy Orton) for the World Tag Team Championship, making Cena a double champion. On the April 2 episode of Raw, after losing a WWE Championship match to Cena at WrestleMania 23, Michaels turned on Cena, costing them the championship in the second of two 10 team battles royals, by throwing Cena over the top rope and eliminating the team. The Hardys (Matt and Jeff) eventually won the match and the championship. For the rest of the month, Cena feuded with Michaels, Orton, and Edge until The Great Khali declared his intentions to challenge for Cena's championship attacking and "laying out" all three of the top contenders before assaulting Cena himself and stealing the physical belt. For the next two months, Cena feuded with Khali over the championship, eventually becoming the first person in WWE to defeat him by submission at Judgment Day and then by pinfall at One Night Stand. Later that summer, Randy Orton was named the number one contender for the WWE Championship, starting a feud between the two. Leading up to SummerSlam, Orton delivered a number of sneak-attacks, performing three RKOs to Cena, but in the actual match, Cena retained the championship.
  • 2005
    Age 27
    In 2005 shortly after his first debut film, The Marine, his wrestling character was shifted from a white rapper to that of a young private.
    More Details Hide Details Cena has portrayed a babyface character for majority of his WWE career. Cena's signature ring gear includes jean shorts, sneakers, and wrist and armbands. Cena also wears a variety of T-shirts and baseball caps which commonly include one of his catchphrases like "never give up", "you can't see me" and "hustle, loyalty, respect".
    During the match, Cena eliminated JBL, renewing their feud from 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Cena defeated JBL at Judgment Day and then at One Night Stand in a First Blood match. JBL, however, defeated him in a New York City Parking Lot Brawl at The Great American Bash in July. On the August 4 episode of Raw, Cena became a World Tag Team Champion for a second time, teaming with Batista to defeat Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, but failed to retain the championship the following week against the former champions. Batista defeated Cena at SummerSlam; shortly after, he was named one of four contenders for CM Punk's World Heavyweight Championship in the Championship Scramble match at Unforgiven. He was replaced by Rey Mysterio, however, after Cena suffered a herniated disc in his neck, which required surgery. Cena underwent successful surgery to repair the injury. Cena made his in-ring return at the November pay-per-view event, Survivor Series, defeating Chris Jericho to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. The two continued their rivalry up to Armageddon, where Cena retained his championship. Cena lost the championship at No Way Out to Edge, after Kofi Kingston was attacked by Edge, who took his place in the Elimination Chamber match. Cena was given an opportunity to regain the title at WrestleMania XXV in a triple threat match also involving Big Show, which Cena won.
    Cena was drafted to the Raw brand on June 6, 2005, becoming the first wrestler selected in the annual draft lottery.
    More Details Hide Details Cena immediately entered a feud with Eric Bischoff, after refusing to participate in the "war" against the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) roster at One Night Stand. With Bischoff vowing to make Cena's stint on Raw difficult, he hand picked Jericho to take Cena's championship from him. During their feud, even though Cena was portrayed as the "face" and Jericho as the "heel", a vocal section of live crowds, nonetheless, were cheering Jericho during their matches. Crowds started to heavily boo Cena during his next feud with Kurt Angle, who took over as Bischoff's hand-picked number-one contender after Cena defeated Jericho in a You're Fired match on the August 22 Raw. Cena held on to his championship through his feud with Angle, losing to him by disqualification at Unforgiven and pinning him at Survivor Series. The feud with Angle also saw Cena add a secondary, submission based, finishing maneuver – the STFU (a stepover toehold sleeper, though named for a stepover toehold facelock) – when he was put into a triple threat Submissions Only match on the November 28 Raw.
    Cena took part in the 2005 Royal Rumble match, making it to the final two.
    More Details Hide Details Cena and Batista went over the top rope at the same time, ostensibly ending the match. The match was restarted in which Batista eliminated Cena to win. The next month, Cena defeated Kurt Angle to earn a spot in the SmackDown brand's WrestleMania 21 main event match, beginning a feud with then WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) and his Cabinet in the process. In the early stages of the feud, Cena lost his United States Championship to Cabinet member Orlando Jordan, Cena defeated JBL at WrestleMania winning the WWE Championship, giving Cena his first world championship. Cena then had a spinner WWE Championship belt made, while JBL took the original belt and claimed to still be WWE Champion, until Cena reclaimed the original belt in an "I Quit" match at Judgment Day.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    In early 2004, Cena participated in the Royal Rumble match at the 2004 Royal Rumble, making it to the final six before being eliminated by Big Show.
    More Details Hide Details The Royal Rumble elimination led to a feud with Big Show, which Cena won the United States Championship from Big Show at WrestleMania XX. The reign ended almost four months later, when he was stripped of the title on July 8 by Angle after he accidentally knocked him over, thus attacking an official. Cena won the championship back defeating Booker T in a best of five series that culminated at No Mercy, only to lose it to the débuting Carlito Caribbean Cool the next week. After the loss to Carlito, the duo began a feud, which resulted in Cena allegedly being stabbed in the kidney while at a Boston-area nightclub by Carlito's bodyguard, Jesús. This worked injury was used to keep Cena out of action for a month while Cena was filming The Marine. Immediately on his return in November, Cena won the United States Championship back from Carlito.
  • 2003
    Age 25
    At Tribute to the Troops 2003, Cena would defeat Big Show via pinfall.
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    For the first half of 2003, Cena sought the WWE Championship and chased the reigning champion Brock Lesnar after WrestleMania XIX, first having to go through Chris Benoit, who mocked him by wearing a "Toothless Aggression" shirt.
    More Details Hide Details Cena won a number one contender's tournament against Lesnar at Backlash. However, Cena was defeated by Lesnar. At Vengeance, Cena lost a singles match against The Undertaker. Cena pursued the United States Championship, but lost to then champion Eddie Guerrero in a Latino Street Fight for the title. At the end of the year, Cena became a fan favorite again when he joined Kurt Angle as a member of his team at Survivor Series. Team Angle would go on to defeat Team Lesnar at the event with John Cena being left the sole survivor. Cena would go on to defeat Team Lesnar members, The Big Show & A-Train in consecutive weeks on SmackDown.
  • 2002
    Age 24
    In September, Cena feuded with Eddie and Chavo Guerrero and Cena picked up a victory over Chavo Guerrero on the September 3, 2002 taping of Velocity.
    More Details Hide Details Cena went on to defeat the likes of Albert and D-Von Dudley as he was restricted to appearances on Velocity for the rest of September. In October, Cena and Billy Kidman took part in a tag team tournament to crown the first WWE Tag Team Champions of the SmackDown! brand, losing in the first round. The next week on SmackDown!, Cena turned on and attacked Kidman, blaming him for their loss, becoming a villain for the first and only time in his career. At Rebellion, Cena teamed with Dawn Marie to take on the team of Billy Kidman and Torrie Wilson in a mixed tag team match in a losing effort. On the October 17 episode of SmackDown!, Cena defeated Kidman in a singles contest, but was defeated by Kidman in a rematch on the October 24 episode of SmackDown!
    Cena made his WWE television debut on the June 27, 2002 episode of SmackDown! by answering an open challenge by Kurt Angle.
    More Details Hide Details After declaring that he possessed "ruthless aggression", Cena gave Angle a hard fight and only lost by a pinning combination. After the match, Cena was congratulated by The Undertaker, Rikishi, Faarooq and Billy Kidman. Following the near-win, Cena became a fan favorite and started feuding with Chris Jericho, defeating Jericho at Vengeance. On that weeks episode of SmackDown! Cena continued his winning ways defeating Test in a singles match.
    Through the early months of 2002, Cena constantly found himself competing on live events for the WWF, where he wrestled against the likes of Shelton Benjamin and Tommy Dreamer.
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  • 2001
    Age 23
    Before his WWE debut, Cena made an appearance on the webcast Go Sick as Bruebaker, an angry, cursing wrestler in 2001.
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    Throughout 2001, Cena would receive four tryouts for the WWF main roster as he wrestled multiple enhancement talent wrestlers on both WWF house shows and in dark matches before WWF television events.
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    In 2001, Cena signed a developmental contract with the WWF.
    More Details Hide Details He was assigned to its developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). During his time there, Cena wrestled under the ring name The Prototype. He held the OVW Heavyweight Championship for three months and the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (with Rico Constantino) for two months.
    He received another tryout on January 9, 2001 at a SmackDown! taping in Oakland, California, this time defeating Aaron Aguilera.
    More Details Hide Details Cena wrestled again in a dark match at a SmackDown! taping on March 13.
    Cena signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renamed to WWE) in 2001, debuting on the WWE main roster in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details From a generic character in 2002, Cena morphed into an arrogant and edgy rapper for the time period of 2002–2004, which earned him a huge stardom within the audience on SmackDown. Cena later transitioned to his current character, which he describes as a "goody-two shoes Superman". However, Cena has been labeled as the "most polarizing pro wrestler ever" as his character has many supporters and many detractors.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    On October 10, 2000, while billed as The Prototype, Cena made his unofficial debut for the then World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on a SmackDown! taping in a dark match against Mikey Richardson, which he lost.
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    He held the UPW Heavyweight Championship for 27 days in April 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Cena wrestled for the UPW until March 2001.
  • 1999
    Age 21
    Cena started training to become a professional wrestler in 1999 at Ultimate Pro Wrestling's (UPW) California-based "Ultimate University" operated by Rick Bassman.
    More Details Hide Details Once he was placed into an in-ring role, Cena began using a semi-robotic character known as "The Prototype". Some of this period of his career was documented in the Discovery Channel program Inside Pro Wrestling School.
    Cena started his professional wrestling career in 1999 with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), and won the UPW Heavyweight Championship the following year.
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  • 1998
    Age 20
    He graduated from Springfield in 1998 with a degree in exercise physiology, after which he pursued a career in bodybuilding and worked as a driver for a limousine company.
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  • 1977
    Cena was born on April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, the son of Carol (née Lupien) and John Cena, Sr. He is the second oldest of five brothers: Dan, Matt, Steve, and Sean.
    More Details Hide Details His maternal grandfather was baseball player Tony Lupien. His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of French-Canadian and English ancestry. Cena originally attended Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts, before transferring to Cushing Academy, a private prep boarding school. After graduating from Cushing Academy, Cena attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In college he was a NCAA Division III All-American center on the college football team, wearing the number 54, which is still used on some of his WWE merchandise.
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