John Cena

American professional wrestler

John Felix Anthony Cena Jr.[7] (born April 23, 1977[8]) is an American professional wrestler, actor and rapper. He currently works for the WWE. Cena has won the WWE Championship/WWE World Heavyweight Championship a record thirteen times, the World Heavyweight Championship three-times[a], the United States Championship five times and both the WWE and World Tag Team Championship twice. Also, Cena won the Royal Rumble in 2008 and 2013. As for his musical career, Cena has released an album called You Can't See Me. Cena has also been featured in the movies The Marine, 12 Rounds and Legendary. He starred as Peacemaker in the 2021 movie The Suicide Squad and his own television series for HBO Max. His most famous catchphrase is "You Can't See Me" which has become a very well-known meme in Western Society.

John Cena
Cena in 2018
Born
John Felix Anthony Cena Jr.

(1977-04-23) April 23, 1977 (age 47)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materSpringfield College (BA)
Occupations
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)
Elizabeth Huberdeau
(m. 2009; div. 2012)

Shay Shariatzadeh
(m. 2020)
Relatives
Ring name(s)John Cena[1]
The Prototype[2]
Mr. P[3]
Billed height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[4]
Billed weight114 kg (251 lb)[4]
Billed from"Classified"[5]
West Newbury, Massachusetts[4]
Los Angeles, California
Trained byChristopher Daniels[6]
Mike Bell
Tom Howard
Dave Finlay
DebutNovember 5, 1999[6]

Career

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WWE (2001–present)

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Cena was signed by the person in charge of Talent Relations, Jim Ross on behalf of the WWE (then known as the World Wrestling Federation WWF). According to Ross, when he returned to Connecticut after signing Cena he walked into Vince McMahon's office and told him "I just signed your main event for WrestleMania in 5 years."[9] Cena would eventually make his WrestleMania debut 3 years later at WrestleMania XX in 2004, winning the WWE United States Championship from The Big Show. At WrestleMania 21 the following year, he won the WWE Championship from John "Bradshaw" Layfield. At 2006's WresteMania 22 he wrestled for the first time in a WrestleMania main event, beating Triple H to keep his WWE Championship. He would go on to main event WrestleMania in 2007 vs. Shawn Michaels, in 2011 vs. The Miz, and in 2012 and 2013 vs. The Rock. He also wrestled in many other WWE premium live events.

In 2010, during a match between Wade Barrett and Randy Orton, Orton won so Cena was forced to retire. He was rehired by Wade Barrett and defeated him at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs.

He was drafted to SmackDown as the first pick in the 2011 WWE Draft, but before the end of the night, he was drafted back to Raw.

He was defeated by The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII. He won his second Royal Rumble in January 2013. Thus he got another match at WrestleMania 29 against The Rock for the WWE Championship. He won that match and became the WWE Champion.

Championships and accomplishments

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Professional wrestling

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Cena introduced the spinner belt design of the WWE Championship after winning it in 2005. The design was used until 2013.
 
Cena also had his own spinner belt design of the United States Championship. He has the most United States Championship reigns in WWE at five.

Other awards and honors

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  • NCAA Division III All-American
  • Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee (Class of 2015)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Chris Greicius Celebrity Award
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Special Recognition Award (for being the first to grant 300 wishes)
  • 2014 Sports Social TV Entertainer of the Year
  • 2014 Rumble Royalty Hall of Game Award
  • 2014 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Grand Marshal
  • 2016 USO Legacy of Achievement Award
  • 2018 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
  • 2024 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

1 ^ Cena did not accept the 2012 award, opting to award it to presenter Ric Flair instead.

Footnotes

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  1. This makes Cena a 16-time world champion. WWE lists both him and Ric Flair as tied for most world championship reigns. But Flair won additional 14 world championships, which are not listed by WWE.
  2. Cena was the first man to lose his Money in the Bank cash in-match. He failed to beat CM Punk on the 1000th episode of Raw.

References

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  1. John Cena: My Life. WWE (DVD). 2007.
  2. "John Cena's WWE History". UPW. Archived from the original on July 30, 2007. Retrieved July 4, 2007.
  3. "John Cena on Wrestlingdata.com". Wrestlingdata. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "WWE Profile - John Cena". ESPN. August 1, 2021. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
  5. "UPW: John "Prototype" Cena". Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "John Cena". Cagematch. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  7. Dawn, Randee (April 3, 2017). "John Cena pops the question to Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33 — and she said yes!". Today. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  8. "John Cena bio". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. February 6, 2005. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2007.
  9. John Cena: My Life (DVD). World Wrestling Entertainment. 2007. Event occurs at 18:00.

Other websites

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