John Cena's net worth is far greater than you think
John Cena is one of the most popular wrestlers in the world at the moment. It wouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that his net worth is so high that it’s barely believable.
The current United States Champion has been the WWE’s most bankable star ever since he inked his first contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF was later changed to WWE) in 2001. Cena started training to become a professional wrestler in 1999, and took his first steps into the field after joining Ultimate Pro Wrestling in 2000. He won the UPW Heavyweight Championship during his stint there, and his talent was noticed by WWF, who gave him several tryouts before offering him a developmental contract.
Since losing to Kurt Angle in his WWE television debut on Smackdown in 2002, Cena has gone on to become one of the most successful wrestlers ever. In a career spanning nearly 13 years, the 38-year-old has won 23 championships including 12 WWE Championships, 3 World Heavyweight Championships, 4 WWE United States Championships, and two World Tag Team and WWE Tag Team championships respectively.
Cena also has the seventh longest WWE Championship reign in the history of the WWE, holding on to the belt for 385 days before relinquishing it due to an unfortunate torn pectoral muscle injury.
Why is John Cena so popular?
Cena’s introduction to the WWE has helped it reach new heights; he has been the franchise wrestler for the company since 2006. Thousands of adoring fans are seen cheering for him whenever he comes out to wrestle, which sums up how far he has come since his humble beginnings.
As the public face of the WWE brand, Cena is always on the road and routinely makes personal appearances. He manages to sell a lot of merchandise due to his incredible popularity, which may also be attributed to his career in music and the movies.
The self-proclaimed ‘Doctor of Thugonomics’ became one of the first wrestlers to also have a rap career, when he released his debut album ‘You Can’t See Me’ in 2005. Despite not receiving the ravest reviews, the album charted at #15 in the Billboard 200 chart, before going on to become platinum certified in 2010.
Cena’s on-screen career has been a pretty eventful one too, with appearances on several TV shows including the likes of Punk’d, Saturday Night Live and Madtv. He has also starred in a few Hollywood movies, playing significant roles in ‘The Marine’ and ‘Legendary’ and a small part in Will Smith starrer ‘Seven Pounds’.
John Cena’s net worth and its breakdown
It is truly impressive how hard John Cena has worked for his money, and he fully deserves every single penny. According to The Richest his net worth is pegged at $35 million, which makes him the fourth richest wrestler in the world behind WWE CEO Vince McMahon, The Rock and Steve Austin.
His contract with the WWE reportedly saw him earn $5,000,000 in 2014-15, which is $1.5 million more than the amount he had earned in the previous year. It also includes a downside guarantee deal, which establishes the least amount of money he can make every year. The deal is worth about $3 million, and he is also provided with several amenities like his own tour bus, 6% of merchandise sales and first class travel to supplement that, besides the usual incentives.
Along with his usual commitments with the WWE, John Cena has several endorsement deals under his belt with brands such as Gold’s Gym, Gilette, Subway and others, which earn him an additional $5 million per year. He has very good business acumen, and has made several investments to safeguard his future as well.
An avid car collector who spends a lot of his money on powerful vintage cars, Cena’s garage includes the 1969 COPO Camaro, 1969 Dodge Daytone, 1971 Plymouth Road Runner, and the 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge, among many other vehicles. The Massachusetts native also has several properties in his portfolio, which are spread around different parts of the United States. He currently resides in a waterfront home in Florida, which had a rough valuation of $750,000 when he had purchased it several years ago.
John Cena’s determination, hard work and business smarts should set an example for any prospective wrestler who wants to make it big in the industry. He is expected to earn $5,750,000 this year, and that figure could keep rising for the next 10 years if he stays away from injuries.