John Felix Anthony Cena, an American Professional Wrestler, was born in Massachusetts on April 23, 1977. In his earlier days, he had a passion for bodybuilding. He signed with WWE in 2001 and had a successful career in the company. His WWE Championship run made him into a megastar, and he became the face of the company.
He has held the WWE Championship on multiple occasions and various other titles during his in-ring career.
Also known for his charity work, he has granted over 500 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the record highest by a single person. Renowned Major Baseball League player Tony Lupien was his maternal grandfather.
- Personal Life
- Professional Wrestling Career
- Championships and Accomplishments
- Frequently Asked Questions
Despite his recent immense success in wrestling, John Cena did not start as a professional wrestler. He went to Princeton College and was an NCAA Division III All American Center. He graduated in 1998 with a degree in exercise physiology and body movement. After graduation, Cena decided to make a career out of bodybuilding while he also worked as a limousine driver. He only started training as a professional wrestler in 1999, at the Ultimate University run by Rick Bassman under Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW).
John Cena assumed the character of a semi-robotic cyborg persona known as The Prototype. It was while training here that he got featured in the Discovery Channel program Inside Pro Wrestling School. Immediately finding success in the ring, Cena held the UPW Championship for almost a month. With his fame on the rise, the erstwhile World Wrestling Federation snapped him up in 2001.
Professional Wrestling Career
Upon signing for the WWF, he made his unofficial debut in a dark match on a SmackDown taping. He lost the match to Mikey Richardson. However, he did go on to win the next dark match against Aaron Aguilera. He was then put under a developmental contract and placed at the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), the company's developmental territory.
Still fighting under the moniker of Prototype or Mr. P, he held the Heavyweight Championship at the OVW for three months while also holding the tag team championship for two months with Rico Constantino.
In-ring debut of Cena
Cena made his official debut in WWE after an open challenge by Kurt Angle on SmackDown. Cena declared he possessed “Ruthless Aggression,” as described by Vince McMahon. He narrowly lost the match through a basic roll-up pin. However, his efforts were lauded by senior wrestlers like Billy Kidman, Farooq, Rikishi, and The Undertaker.
However, his real shot at fame came after feuding with Chris Jericho, whom he defeated in an upset at the Vengeance pay-per-view. He then partnered up with Kidman for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship but lost to Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit in the first round. The defeat forced Cena to turn heel and attack Kidman as he blamed him for the loss. He also feuded with Los Guerreros, winning his personal feud against Chavo but losing the tag team bout against them alongside Edge.
He then ignited a feud with Brock Lesnar, and it was during this time, he started using one of his signature moves FU, named to mock Lesnar's F-5. He faced several big names like The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and started establishing a name for himself.
At Wrestlemania XX, Cena recorded his first win against Big Show, where he shockingly attacked the giant with a chain to pick up the win and become the United States Champion. Cena then competed in the Royal Rumble Match in 2005, where Batista eliminated him to win the bout.
He then faced John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) for the WWE Championship and won at Wrestlemania 21 to kickstart his first World Title reign.
He was drafted to RAW and had quite a run where he defeated Randy Orton, Edge, Shawn Michaels, and Bobby Lashley to retain his title.
He then faced a pectoral muscle injury and was out of action for six months. Cena, later on, returned at the Royal Rumble 2008 and eliminated Triple H to earn a title shot at Wrestlemania. Unfortunately, he lost the triple threat match against Orton and Triple H.
In 2009, He faced Orton and had some iconic matches. Orton defeated Cena on multiple occasions with the help of his teammates Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase.
John Cena also went on to win the World Heavyweight Title at Survivor Series from Jericho but his reign didn't last for a very long time as he lost the belt to Edge.
Cena then shifted his focus towards the WWE Championship. He was involved in a Title match against Triple H and Randy Orton at Night of Champions, where he lost. A defiant Cena won the championship back at Bragging Rights 2009.
Cena then defended the title against a debuting Sheamus, where he took a shocking loss. He then got his opportunity at Elimination Chamber and picked up the win. He quickly lost the title to Batista later on that night which set up a match between these two at Wrestlemania 26. Cena wrestled Batista at Wrestlemania and took the win. After successful title defenses against Batista, Cena lost the title at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
In the following year, he had a feud with a faction named Nexus and where he was attacked by the group formed by Wade Barrett. This led to a match with Barrett and Cena lost the bout. Finally, Cena vowed to get revenge on the faction. His attack on the group members lead to a match with Wade Barrett at TLC where the latter lost in a vicious chairs match and put an end to Nexus for good.
Cena then had some memorable matches as he faced CM Punk in the Money in the Bank match which was considered to be one of his best matches. He then locked horns with The Rock in WrestleMania XXVIII where the Great One defeated him.
After WrestleMania, he came face to face with the returning Brock Lesnar. He clashed with Lesnar in a brutal encounter at Extreme Rules where Cena picked up the win.
He then had matches with Dolph Ziggler, Ryback which didn't gain much prominence.
Cena then renewed his feud with The Rock after winning the 2013 Royal Rumble. He faced The Rock in a rematch at Wrestlemania 29 and defeated the Brahma Bull.
Cena lost the WWE Championship to Daniel Bryan at Summerslam 2013. He had a feud with the Bulgarian Brute Rusev for the United States Championship. Cena defeated Rusev on multiple bouts and had a successful reign for months. Cena frequently-issued open challenges for his title on RAW. Later he battled Seth Rollins and lost the title at Summerslam 2015.
Cena began to wrestle as a part-timer in WWE. He made sporadic appearances. Cena Challenged WWE Champion AJ Styles and dethroned him at the Royal Rumble 2017. Cena became a Historic record-tying 16-time WWE Champion. He also challenged The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 34 where he lost to the legend in a completely one-sided squash match.
In 2021, Cena returned to confront a clueless Roman reigns at Money in the bank. He challenged Reigns to a match at Summerslam 2021. Cena and Reigns had a back and forth match only for the returning Hollywood star to take a clean defeat.
John Cena First Championship
In 2004, Cena lost out to Big Show in the Royal Rumble. Cena then took it up to defeat Big Show on the next opportunity he got, and he did so at WrestleMania XX. The victory got him his first United States Championship. He successfully defended his title for just short of four months, after his title was stripped off him in a farcical manner. John Cena accidentally knocked Kurt Angle over, thus “attacking an official”.
However, he then won it back from Booker T at No Mercy, only to lose it again. This time he was defeated by debutant Carlito Caribbean Cool, and the duo started feuding. Allegedly, Cena was stabbed in the kidney by Carlito’s bodyguard. However, this kayfabe injury was used to allow Cena to shoot for his debut film The Marine.
On his return, he won the title back from Carlito and even defeated his bodyguard in a street fight match.
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John Cena WWE Champion
Despite winning the title back from Carlito, Cena was not going to keep for long as he lost it to cabinet member Orlando Jordan, after WWE Champion JBL, interfered in the match hitting Cena with his title belt. Cena instead developed a feud with the champion and eventually defeated him twice, at WrestleMania and an “I Quit” match. The Age of John Cena had finally begun.
John Cena eventually lost the title to Edge in the first pay-per-view of 2006, where Edge cashed his Money in the Bank contract, who took advantage of a worn-out bloodied Cena, who had just won the Elimination Chamber match.
Edge held on to the title by using dubious means such as disqualification and using brass knuckles but was eventually defeated by Cena winning the title back. Cena was then involved in a Champion of the Champions match where three of the WWE brand's champions were to fight it out in a Triple Threat match. Cena lost after interference from non-wrestler Kevin Federline.
In 2007, he successfully defended his title but suffered a legitimate torn pectoral muscle which required surgery. His rehabilitation period was estimated to be around seven months to a year. As a result, he was stripped of his title. In 2008, he suffered another injury in the neck which also required surgery. The following year Cena finally regained his title from JBL but lost it to the new superstar of RAW Sheamus.
At the 2010 Royal Rumble, Cena went on to defeat some of the biggest stars of the WWE franchise including Sheamus, Triple H, and Randy Orton to win back the title. He was immediately challenged by Batista upon winning the title, and a tired Cena lost. But Cena won it back from Batista at WrestleMania. He was then forced to join Nexus and he won the Tag Team Championship with David Otunga.
Cena then again won titles from Rey Mysterio and Alberto del Rio. In 2013, he became one of the few wrestlers who have won multiple Royal Rumble events. He also won the World Heavyweight Championship from Del Rio but lost it to Randy Orton who defeated him twice.
In 2017, Cena had a feud with AJ Styles at Royal Rumble where Cena went on to defeat AJ Styles to be Crowned as the 16-time WWE Champion. He was the one who went onto to equal the record of the WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
John Cena WWE Return
In recent times, Cena has been termed as a free agent working both for RAW and SmackDown. However, he also had personal troubles after his breakup with Nikki Bella and his WrestleMania loss to The Undertaker. A returning Cena challenged Roman reigns for the universal championship. However, he lost the bout at Summerslam.
|John Cena||“The Champ” as Champion|
|Juan Cena||The Cenation Leader|
|Mr. P, Prototype||Big Match John|
|The Prototype||The Man Who Never Gives Up|
|-||Mr. Money in the Bank|
|Movie ||Release Date ||Role|
|Marine||13 October 2006||John Triton|
|12 Rounds||27 March 2009||Danny Fisher|
|Legendary||10 September 2010||Mike Chetley|
|Fred: The Movie||18 September 2010||Mr. Figglehorn|
|The Reunion||21 October 2011||Sam Cleary|
|Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred||22 October 2011||Mr. Figglehorn|
|Fred 3: Camp Fred||28 July 2012||Mr. Figglehorn|
|Trainwreck||7 August 2015||Steven|
|Sisters||18 December 2015||Pazuzu|
|The Wall||12 May 2017||Staff Sergeant Shane Matthews|
|Daddy's Home||10 November 2017||Roger|
|Blockers||6 April 2018||Mitchell|
|Bumble Bee||3 December 2018||Agent Burns|
|Playing with Fire||6 November 2019||Jake Carson|
|F9||25 June 2021||Jakob Toretto|
|Suicide Squad 2||6 August 2021||Peacemaker|
|Vacation Friends||27 August 2021||Ron|
|Psych||7 July 2006|
|Are you smarter than a 5th grade||27 February 2007|
|Fred: The Show||16 January 2012|
|American Grit||14 April 2016|
|Carpool Karaoke: The Series||9 August 2017|
|Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||20 July 2018|
|Wipeout||1 April 2021|
|Date of Me||1 September 2021|
Championships and Accomplishments
- WWE Championship/WWE World Heavyweight Championship
- World Heavyweight Champion
- WWE Tag Team Champion
- World Tag Team Champion
- WWE United States Champion
- Money in the Bank
- Royal Rumble
- Slammy Award.
|Finishing Moves||Signature Moves|
|Attitude Adjustment/F-U||Diving leg drop bulldog|
|STF(Stepover Toehold Sleeper)||Butterfly|
|Photobomb/Killswitch (Spin-Out Powerbomb)||Crossface|
|Sixth move of doom||Gutwrench Suplex|
|-||Lou Thesz Press|
|Wins ||Loss ||Draw ||Total |
Frequently Asked Questions
How old is John Cena?
John Cena is currently 44 years old.
Is John Cena married?
John Cena's first wife was Elizabeth Huberdeau. In 2020, Cena got married to Shay Shariatzadeh.
Where is John Cena from?
West Newbury, Massachusetts
Was John Cena in the military?
No, John Cena was not in the military.
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