WWE professional wrestler, actor and rapper.
John Felix Anthony Cena was born on April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts to parents John Sr. and Carol Cena. His father otherwise known as “Johnny Fabulous” was a wrestling announcer and businessman.
Growing up Cena took to sports and was very athletic. So much so that he went to Springfield College to study exercise physiology. Meanwhile, he was the football star of the school as team captain and a Division III All-Americna offensive lineman.
After graduating in 2000, Cena left to California to pursue a career as a bodybuilder. During the move he only has $500 so he took a job folding towels and cleaning toilets at Gold’s Gym and also as a limousine driver. He slept in his 1991 Lincoln Continental.
A conversation at Gold’s turned Cena’s life around when a wrestler suggested he take classes at Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), a WWE developmental company. He went ahead and gave himself the name, “The Prototype.” In 2000 the wrestler won the UPW championship and the next year he signed a developmental contract to work at Ohio Valley Wrestling.
At Ohio Valley he captured the heavyweight title in 2002 and soon after begun his career with the WWE. He began on WWE Smackdown and later transitioned into Monday Night Raw. In 2004 he appeared in Wrestlemania XX and won the Unite States Championship.
From there he went on to huge success including 23 professional championships including 12 heavyweight titles. As one of his accomplishments, he became the first wrestler to defeat Edward “Umaga” Fatu.
Cena has gone on to develop his brand, appearing in several movies such as “The Marine” and “12 Rounds.” The wrestler also recorded his own rap album called, “You Can’t See Me” which debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard Charts. He has been called the “Doctor of Thuganomics” and recorded the WWE theme song, “Basic Thuganomics” featured on the soundtrack album, WWE Originals.
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- His first stage name was “The Prototype.”
- He collects muscle cars.
- He’s a lefty.
- He weighs 250 pounds.
- His number when he played college football was 54.
- He has granted over 500 wishes for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
- He has appeared in advertisements for Gold’s Gym.
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