Your time is up, my time is now -:- You can’t see me, my time is nowJohn Cena
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Have you heard any name with record sixteen world championship, Granted 500 Wish, successful Movie and Television star, Presenter and Rapper?
Technically it sounds impossible to find such a person with that much potential and success but here I am presenting to you Mr. John Cena Junior.
Whether in wrestling, fashion, music or even movies he is a big inspiration to all. His participation in those industries is already more than regular celebrity.
For him Wrestling is not just a sport but a passion. Every wrestling fan has his own favorite wrestler but none can hate that person as per his overall performance. John Cena from his debut to present upgraded himself every day in terms of physics, ring skills, mike skills and new innovative moves.
Every wrestling fan should go through this article not to know John Cena but to know what wrestling is and how much passion one must have, to achieve such greatness that people take his name with the greats like Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Ric-Flair and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
John Felix Anthony Cena Junior, better known as an Actor, Rapper, Presenter and WWE superstar John Cena, Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, was born on April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts USA.
He is of Italian father John Cena and French-Canadian and English mother Carol Lupiens descent, and is the grandson of the famous baseball player Tony Lupien.
When he was in college, he played football and worked as a limousine driver. He decided to move to California in 1998, where he started training to become a bodybuilder but later jumped on wrestling business.
He joined a wrestling company named Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) in 1999 and soon signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2000 and till now working as the Face of the company.
His Childhood that can make any child to say “Wow”
Little Johnny was born with the umbilical cord wrapped three times around his neck, which was obviously an extremely scary situation, But thanks God Miraculously, Cena survived his difficult birth unscathed, not suffering any long-term effects.
However, John survived that fight in one piece and by extension, won his first battle in natural ring. “John Cena is a born fighter he is overcoming the odds since birth” said Mr. John Fabulous, Cena’s father.
Among five kids (all boys) John was the second-oldest son and on that time only source of televised entertainment was the pro wrestling in Cena family.
The Cena boys used to made makeshift rings in their basement out of mattresses, and battle for cardboard belts drawn by hands. The mastermind and Multi time champ of the Cena’s Basement Wrestling Federation was of course John Cena Jr.
John also got into body building in a very early age. Like, really early on. Just after being picked on at school when he was twelve years old he asked Santa for a weightlifting bench and he got it.
By the time Cena graduated from high school, he was massive in size and competing in bodybuilding contests in different local and state competitions.
Early Education of my Champ
His family is the believer of Catholicism and raised him as a catholic boy. He attended Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts before transferring to Cushing Academy, a private preparatory boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.
The motto of Cushing Academy was “Educating the mind, shaping the character, and nurturing the character of young men and women.”
The rules and regulations were very tough and John not liked that but learn disciplinary life leading secrets. He then attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In college, he was an NCAA Division III All-American center on the college Football team and used to wear the number 54 Jersey, which is still used on some of his WWE merchandise.
In an interview Cena said that he had applied in 60 colleges and got offer from 58 colleges but he chose Springfield College because of the subject field he wanted to study was there, Exercise Psychology and Body Movement. He graduated from Springfield College in 1998 with a degree in Exercise Psychology and Body Movement.
Debut / Foray into Wrestling
For Cena, becoming a wrestler was not his core choice of career but of his father. His father, John Sr. (a.k.a. Johnny Fabulous), was a wrestling announcer and businessman and wanted to make at least one of his sons a successful wrestler.
As a kid, the younger Cena spent many hours in front of the television set to watch his wrestling heroes such as Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels smashing each other in the ring. Thus the seed of being a superstar rose into him.
Cena showed a passion for sports and work-out at an early age. When he was only 15, he was a regular gym freak. After graduating from high school and College, Cena headed for California in 1999, seeking a new life as a bodybuilder.
It wasn’t easy for the 6-foot 1-inch aspiring star to come across the country and settle down he had only $500 savings in his pocket. He even cleaned the toilets and folded the used towels at Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach to earn his daily food. And because he didn’t have any place for sleeping, he used his 1991 Lincoln Continental as his apartment.
That fortunate time came in early 1999 when Cena had a conversation with a wrestler at Gold’s Gym who encouraged the gym employee to take classes at Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), a former World Wrestling Entertainment developmental company.
With the ring name “The Prototype,” the ambitious Cena captured the UPW title on April 27, 2000, in San Diego, California. Over the course of the next year, WWE executives turned their attention on him and signed a developmental contract in 2001 and included him as a core member in the company to work at Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
As per the contract he got in 2001 he was able to compete in the developmental company of WWE named Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) here he became OVW heavyweight Champion (1 time) and OVW Southern Tag Team Champion with Rico Constantino.
Cena said his first WWF (Now WWE) appearance was actually a Smackdown dark match after the match, he asked William Regal what he thought about his match and Regal said in humor, “Well, lad, if you get a set of boots and tights, at least you’ll look like a wrestler.”
Cena misinterpreted Regal’s words thinking he was serious and bought 86 pairs of Boots and 128 pairs of trucks. Nothing is guaranteed in WWE. Vince McMahon (Chairmen) and Triple H (Chief Operating Officer) weren’t exactly big Cena fans early on though John becomes one of the biggest stars in history.
In fact, according to Cena’s interview with Mix 106.1, both Vince and Hunter wanted to kick him out of the company in 2002 and 2003. Dramatically, a third member of the McMahon Family saw something in him and that was Stephney McMahon.
Cena officially first appeared on WWE in a live event against Kurt Angle on the 27th of June, 2002 though ended up with him losing, he never turned back as his career had a vertical lift.
Starting with Kurt Angle, John had a feud with greatest wrestlers of WWE such as Under Taker, Triple H, Brock Lesner, Shawn Michels,Big show, Edge, CM Punk and many more.
In 2004, Cena won his first ever United States Championship from Big Show at Wrestlemania XX. Though he lost his title soon his status began to develop as a celebrity from that time. He holds five United States championships in total till now.
In 2005 and 2006 respectively, John had a feud with champion John Bradshaw Layfield, his manager Eric Bischoff and Chris Jericho. Cena also involved with Edge and Umaga at that time in different feuds. After defeating Edge, Randy Orton and Johnny Nitro it was said that a friendship was formed within Cena, Carlito and Jeff Hardy.
The year 2007 started pretty well for John Cena, that year he became the first person to defeat the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga. The Chain Gang Soldier then teamed up with Shawn Michaels and defeated the RKO tag team, Randy Orton and Edge.
Cena also lost his WWE Championship title in October 2007, because of an injury. In a match with Mr. Kennedy he tore pectoral muscle. The next day a doctor said that John’s pectoral major muscle was torn completely from the bone and need at least seven month to recover. WWE’s CEO, Vince McMahon stripped him off the title and ended his reign as he was not able to perform.
Cena made a shocking return to action on January 27 as the final participant of the Royal Rumble 2008. He got the traditional Wrestle-Mania title shot by winning the match. Cena defeated JBL at Judgment Day and again at One Night Stand in a First Blood match.
Cena again got injured picked at Summer-slam, in a match he lost to Batista. In the month of August, and was replaced by Rey Mysterio. He won his first World Heavyweight Championship after by Chris Jericho at Survivor Series in 23rd November in the same year back from surgery for a herniated disc in his neck.
He awarded slammy awards for 10 times like he became the Superstar of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Game Changer of the Year 2011– with The Rock, Hero in All of Us 2015,Holy shit Move of the Year (2010) Sending Batista through the stage with an Attitude Adjustment.
Amazing MOVES of my Champ
John Cena is known for ending his matches with a sequence of moves hyped “The Five Moves of Doom”. He typically delivers the moves in the order as follows: flying shoulder block, sit-out hip toss, side-release spinout power-bomb, Five Knuckle Shuffle and Attitude Adjustment. Last Year On September 1, during the summer Cena invented a sixth move as the “Lightning Fist“, a high-impact left handed jab to the opponent which Cena executed for the first time.
His remarkable achievements
- World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- WWE Championship (13 times)
- World Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Batista(1 time) and Shawn Michaels (1 time)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times) with the Miz (1 time) and David Otunga (1 time)
- WWE United States Championship (5 times)
- Money in the Bank (2012-WWE Championship contract)
- Royal Rumble Winner (2 times 2008 and 2013)
- WWE Championship No. 1 Contender’s Tournament (2 times, 2003 and 2005)
- Slammy Awards (10 times)
- 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 granting 300 wishes)
- 2014 Sports Social TV Entertainer of the Year
- 2014 Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Grand Marshal
- Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee
- 2016 USO Legacy of Achievement Award
- Muhammad Ali Legacy Award (2018)
Acting career ( Movie )
Cena’s first movie titled The Marine was produced by WWE Studios, a division of WWE which produces and finances motion pictures. Here he played the character of John Triton an officer of US Marine.
The film was distributed theatrically by 20th Century Fox America from October 13, 2006 onwards. In its first week, the film made approximately US$7 million at the USA box office. The film grossed $18.7 million after ten weeks in theaters. The film fared better when released on DVD, earned $30 million from rentals in the first twelve weeks.
His second film 12 Rounds in the role of Danny Fisher, again produced by WWE Studios began to film on February 25, 2008, in New Orleans and released on March 27, 2009.
Once again WWE studios came to production for Cena as a co-star in the named Legendary where he played the role named Mike Chetley, which was released in selected theaters on September 10, 2010 for a limited time to convert the audience towards buying DVDs which was released on September 28, 2010.
Cena casted in the children’s film Fred :The Movie where he plays Fred’s imaginary father in the same year. The film is based on Lucas Cruikshank‘s YouTube videos of the same name first aired on Nickelodeon in September 2010.
In 2015, Cena made guest appearances in the comedy films Trainwreck , Sisters and a cameo in Daddy’s Home.
In 2017, Cena gave his voice for the animated films, Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania and Ferdinand. He also appeared Daddy’s Home 2, repeating his role from the 2015 film.
In 2018, Cena starred in the comedy film titled Blockers. He recently had a lead role in the movie Transformers spin-off prequel, Bumblebee, a sequel of Transformer series. The Audience loved this role and praised a lot.
At this time he is filming a movie named Playing With Fire which is supposed to release in 2020. He has signed a contract for the Chinese-English film The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle also scheduled to release in 2020.
At the time of his training in Ultimate Pro Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, Cena was involved in a reality show Manhunt produced by UPN in which he portrayed Big Tim Kingman, leader of the group of bounty hunters in 2001. The show, however, was mired in controversy and not lasted long.
Cena was featured on the Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, which aired in June 2007of ABC reality series. He Made it to the final round placing third in the competition overall and eliminated on June 24.
In 2007, Cena was interviewed for the CNN Special Investigations Unit documentary, focusing on steroid and drug use in professional wrestling named Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling.
In October 11, 2008 Cena with Natalie Bassingthwaighte hosted the Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on in Melbourne.
In an episode of the fourth season of the comedy drama Psych, Cena appeared as a guest star as Ewan O’Hara, brother of Juliet O’Hara. He also guest starred as wrestler John Cena in the seventh episode of Disney Channel‘s Hannah Montana Forever.
On August 17, 2015, Cena co-hosted a show known as Today on NBC and on December 28 and 29, 2015. Cena appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on August 21, 2015. In 2016 Cena co-hosted Today again on March 28–30 and May 9, 10, 13 and 30.
Cena hosts a reality television series “American Grit” which was 10 episodes program on Fox. American Grit premiered on Fox on April 14, 2016 Where 16 men and women were given challenges for many team work based task for US $1 million prize. The Season One finale telecasted on June 9, 2016.
Cena hosted the ESPN ESPY Awards on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles. Cena is the only professional wrestler who ever performed on BBC Two’s long-running TV show “Top of the Pops”.
On December 10, 2016, Cena was the guest host of Saturday Night Live (SNL) on NBC.
On January 24, 2017, Nickelodeon announced that Cena would host the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards ceremony on March 11. Once again he hosted the same award ceremony on March 24, 2018 as the third host along with Whitney Houston, and Rosie O’Donnell to host the ceremony back to back years.
My Champ in Music
In addition to his career in wrestling and Film, he added recording artist to his resume as he released his debut rap album “You Can’t See Me” with his cousin Tha Trademarc . The debuted album placed at #15 on the US Billboard 200 chart. His first entrance theme, “The Time is Now“ was featured in the same album. In October 2014, for the soundtrack of the WWE 2K15 video game Cena was featured songs for his two singles “All Day” and “Breaks” with rapper Wiz Khalifa.
He performed his fifth WWE theme song, “Basic Thuganomics” which was featured on the WWE soundtrack album WWE Originals. He also recorded a song for the company’s next soundtrack album WWE Theme Addict: The Music, Vol. 6 titled “Untouchables”, He collaborated on a remix for the song “H-U-S-T-L-E” along with Murs, E-40, and Chingo Bling. Cena performed a song with popular rap band Estoric and also a number of other songs with famous rapper Bumpy Knuckles.
His surprising personal life
Cena married Elizabeth Huberdeau, They met during the shooting of the movie 12 Rounds in 2009. They made the announcement during their promotion of the film. They get married in the United States on July 11, 2009 in a grand way.
After having a long-term misunderstanding in the relationship with his wife, Cena case the file for their divorce. They officially get separated on July 18, 2012. John does not have any child with Elizabeth.
Before marriage Cena had an affair with Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon) a female wrestler in 2002. After his divorce with Elizabeth Huberdeau he Dated two WWE diva named AJ Lee and Kelly Kelly but they did not last long.
John then started dating Nikki Bella from 2012-18. Bella described that moment how she and John went on their first date, in an interview with TribLive Radio in 2013.
Then, she started to flash their relationship in public. At WrestleMania 33 John proposed Nikki with a Diamond ring after his match with The Miz in April 2017and ensured their engagement.
They decided to get married, after John’s decision Nikki was extremely excited and happy. The couple had cancelled their engagement one week before their pre-deciding wedding. They split up in April 2018 after six years of together.
After that relationship Cena never showed up with any girl whom we can call a companion.
Now I can’t but mention his Philanthropy
Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation Cena is the first ever person in the history to granted over 500 wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. For his contribution Cena received the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award in 2009.
Cena used to wore a black “Rise Above Hate” T-shirt promoting WWE’s “Be a Star” anti-bullying campaign from late 2011 until WrestleMania XXVIII.
Then in September and October of 2012, in partnership with Susan G. Komen, Cena wore pink and black with the phrase “Rise Above Cancer” for the Cure of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
From November 2016 Cena in a public service announcement appeared with the slogan “We Are America” which was sponsored by the Ad Council as part of its “Love Has No Labels” campaign.
To recapitulate, from the last decade Cena is working not only as the flag-bearer of WWE but also raved the Film and Music industry. People cheered for him, booed him, but even the staunchest of Cena hater cannot debate his influence and contribution for the WWE and other areas.
He is a perfect example of a Sportsman with great body and ocean deep heart. In terms of what he has achieved till now, we can obviously expect more exciting storyline not only in WWE but also in other fields.