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WWE Superstar Profile: John Cena

John Felix Anthony Cena (born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, rapper and actor signed to WWE. Cena is the public face of WWE, and has been it’s franchise player since 2005. He is a polarizing figure among pro wrestling fans, despite playing a heroic character for the majority of his career.

Brief Information On John Cena

Born: April 23, 1977 (age 44)
West Newbury, Massachusetts, U.S.

Occupation: Professional wrestleractortelevision presenterrapper

Years active: 1999–present

Label(s): WWE Columbia

Spouse(s):

  • Elizabeth Huberdeau ​(m. 2009; div. 2012)​
  • Shay Shariatzadeh ​​(m. 2020)​

Relatives:

  • Ulysses J. Lupien (great-grandfather)
  • Tony Lupien (grandfather)
  • Tha Trademarc (cousin)
  • Natalie Enright Jerger (cousin)

Professional wrestling career

Ring name:

  • John Cena
  • Juan Cena
  • The Prototype
  • Mr. P

Billed height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

Billed weight 251 lb (114 kg)

Debut: November 5, 1999

John Cena Profile

Cena began his pro wrestling career in 1999 with Ultimate Pro Wrestling, where he held the UPW Heavyweight Championship. Cena signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renamed to WWE) in 2001, and was launched on the main roster in 2002. As of January 2015, Cena has won 22 championships, with a record 12 reigns as WWE Champion/WWE World Heavyweight Champion, 3 reigns as World Heavyweight Champion, 3 reigns as WWE United States Champion, and a four-time Tag Team Champion (2 World Tag Team, and 2 WWE Tag Team). He also emerged victorious in the 2012 Money in the Bank ladder match. He has the fourth-highest number of combined days as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, only behind Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, and Hulk Hogan. He has also headlined WWE’s flagship event, WrestleMania on 5 occasions (WrestleManias 22, 23, XXVII, XXVIII, and 29) during the course of his career.

Outside of wrestling, Cena had released the rap album You Can’t See Me on May 10, 2005, which debuted at No.15 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and he also starred in feature films The Marine (2006), 12 Rounds (2009), and Legendary (2010). Cena has also made appearances on television shows including Manhunt, Deal or No Deal, MADtv, Saturday Night Live, Punk’d, and Psych. Cena was also a participant on Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, where he made it to the final round before being eliminated, coming 3rd in the overall competition.

Early life

Cena was born on 23rd April, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, the son of Carol and John Cena, Sr. He is the 2nd oldest of 5 brothers: Dan, Matt, Steve, and Sean. His maternal grandfather was baseball player Tony Lupien. After graduating from Cushing Academy, Cena attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In college he was a Division III All-American center on the college football team, wearing the number 54, which is still used on some of his WWE merchandise. He graduated from Springfield in 1998 with a degree in exercise physiology, after which he pursued a career in bodybuilding and even worked as a driver for a limousine company.

John Cena Championships And Accomplishments

Professional wrestling

The Baltimore Sun

    • Best Feud of the Decade (2010) vs. Edge
    • Match of the Year (2007) vs. Shawn Michaels on April 23 at Raw
    • Wrestler of the Year (2007, 2010)
    • Feud of the Year (2010) vs. The Nexus

Ohio Valley Wrestling

    • OVW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Rico Constantino

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

    • Feud of the Year (2006) vs. Edge
    • Feud of the Year (2011) vs. CM Punk
    • Match of the Year (2007) vs. Shawn Michaels on Raw
    • Match of the Year (2011) vs. CM Punk at Money in the Bank
    • Match of the Year (2013) vs. Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam
    • Match of the Year (2014) vs. Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match at Payback
    • Match of the Year (2016) vs. AJ Styles at SummerSlam
    • Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2003)
    • Most Popular Wrestler of the Decade (2000–2009)
    • Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012)
    • Wrestler of the Year (2006, 2007)
    • Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2006, 2007 and 2013

Rolling Stone

    • Best Promos (2015) tied with Kevin Owens
    • Best Storyline (2015) vs. Kevin Owens
    • WWE Match of the Year (2015) vs. Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank

Sports Illustrated

    • Muhammad Ali Legacy Award (2018)

Ultimate Pro Wrestling

    • UPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE

      • WWE Championship (13 times)
      • World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
      • WWE United States Championship (5 times)
      • WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with The Miz (1) and David Otunga (1)
      • World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Batista (1) and Shawn Michaels (1)
      • Money in the Bank (2012 – WWE Championship contract)
      • Royal Rumble (2008, 2013)
      • WWE Championship No. 1 Contender’s Tournament (2003), 2005)
      • Slammy Award (10 times)
        • Game Changer of the Year (2011) – with The Rock
        • Hero in All of Us (2015)
        • Holy $#!+ Move of the Year (2010) – Sending Batista through the stage with an Attitude Adjustment
        • Insult of the Year (2012) – To Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero: “You’re the exact opposite. One enjoys eating a lot of nuts and the other is still trying to find his”
        • Kiss of the Year (2012) – with AJ Lee
        • Match of the Year (2013, 2014) – vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29, Team Cena vs. Team Authority at Survivor Series
        • Superstar of the Year (2009, 2010, 2012)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

    • Best Box Office Draw (2007)
    • Best Gimmick (2003)
    • Best on Interviews (2007)
    • Feud of the Year (2011) vs. CM Punk
    • Match of the Year (2011) vs. CM Punk at Money in the Bank on July 17
    • Most Charismatic (2006–2010)
    • Most Charismatic of the Decade (2000–2009)
    • Wrestler of the Year (2007, 2010)
    • Worst Feud of the Year (2012) vs. Kane
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2012) vs. John Laurinaitis at Over the Limit
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2014) vs. Bray Wyatt at Extreme Rules
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2012)

Other awards and honors

  • 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 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Grand Marshal
  • 2016 USO Legacy of Achievement Award

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