John Cena

John Cena
John Cena July 2018.jpg
Cena in July 2018
Born (1977-04-23) April 23, 1977 (age 44)
Occupation
  • Professional wrestler
  • actor
  • rapper
Years active1999–present
Label(s)
Spouse(s)
Elizabeth Huberdeau
(m. 2009; div. 2012)

Shay Shariatzadeh
(m. 2020)
Relatives
Ring name(s)John Cena[1]
Juan Cena[2]
The Prototype[3]
Mr. P[4]
Billed height6 ft 0.5 in (184 cm)[5]
Billed weight251 lb (114 kg)[6][7]
Billed from"Classified"[8]
West Newbury, Massachusetts[6]
"Los Angeles, California" as the prototype
Trained byChristopher Daniels[9]
Mike Bell
Tom Howard
Dave Finlay
Ohio Valley Wrestling[10]
DebutNovember 5, 1999[9]

John Felix Anthony Cena (/ˈsnə/; born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, actor, and former rapper currently signed to WWE. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, he is tied with Ric Flair for the most world championship reigns in professional wrestling history.[a]

Born and raised in West Newbury, Massachusetts, Cena moved to California in 1998 to pursue a career as a bodybuilder. He transitioned to professional wrestling in 1999 when he debuted for Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW). He signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 2001, where he was initially assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). He gained fame in the WWE after adopting the persona of a trash-talking rapper.[12][13] He won his first singles title, the United States Championship, in 2004. The next year, he won the WWE Championship for the first time, and his character subsequently transitioned into a clean-cut "Superman-like" hero.[14] He then led the company as its franchise player[15] and public face for the next decade.[16]

A joint-record 16-time world champion, Cena has won the WWE Championship thirteen times, a record for the title. He is also a five-time United States Champion, a four-time world tag team champion, a two-time Royal Rumble match winner, a one-time Money in the Bank match winner, and has headlined several major WWE pay-per-view events, including their flagship event, WrestleMania, five times. His professional wrestling career has been met with mixed critical and audience reception, with praise for his character work and promotional skills, but criticism for his supposed over-representation and on-screen placement relative to other wrestlers.[17][18]

Cena first starred in The Marine (2006), and gained praise for his performances in Trainwreck (2015), Ferdinand (2017), Blockers, and Bumblebee (both 2018). He starred in F9 and portrayed Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad (both 2021), and in an upcoming eponymous television series.[19] His debut studio album, You Can't See Me (2005), was certified platinum. Outside his work in entertainment, Cena is known for his involvement in numerous charitable causes, namely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he has granted the most wishes, at over 650.[20][21]

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference MyLifeDVD was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Beltrán, William (November 29, 2010). "Imágenes: "Juan Cena", "primo mexicano" de John Cena "debuta" en WWE durante House Show de RAW".
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  4. ^ "John Cena on Wrestlingdata.com". Wrestlingdata. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "How tall is John Cena". CelebHeights.com. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "John Cena". WWE. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Down to 236lb from 254 and really weirding out the poor SOB on the treadmill behind me! #NeverGiveUp". Retrieved August 6, 2018 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "UPW: John "Prototype" Cena". Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "John Cena " Wrestlers Database " CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". Cagematch. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  10. ^ Melok, Bobby (February 8, 2013). "The kids from OVW that changed WWE". WWE. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Murphy, Ryan (May 4, 2018). "John Cena performs 530-pound pause squat in a Darth Vader mask for Star Wars Day". WWE.com. The 16-time World Champion
  12. ^ Truitt, Brian. "'Flintstones' adds to John Cena's kid appeal". USA Today. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "WWE News: The story of John Cena's rap character creation recalled by a former WWE creative team member". prowrestling.net. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  14. ^ Golianopoulos, Thomas. "A Candid Q&A With John Cena: WWE's Polarizing Company Man". Complex. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  15. ^ "Top 50 Wrestlers of All Time". IGN. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  16. ^ "Who will be the next John Cena?". WWE. July 31, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015. [...] only a handful of competitors can say they've been the face of WWE. John Cena has filled that role for 11 years now.
  17. ^ Stroud, Brandon (August 23, 2017). "John Cena's Explanation For Why He Buried The Nexus Will Make You Even Madder". uproxx.com. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  18. ^ Ross, Jim (August 11, 2014). "Cena's a polarizing figure because of WWE's failure to build around him". Fox Sports. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  19. ^ Luce, Patrick (January 4, 2007). "WWE Superstar John Cena bust onto DVD with The Marine". Monster & Critics. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2008.
  20. ^ Traina, Jimmy (May 4, 2020). "Pandemic Can't Stop John Cena From Continuing to Grant Wishes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  21. ^ Sandy Cohen (March 19, 2018). "John Cena shares his love for kids and how they inspire him". AP NEWS. Retrieved April 8, 2019.


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