John Cena is a professional wrestler, bodybuilder, rapper and actor. He is currently signed to WWE, where he is the current WWE Champion in his record-breaking eleventh reign.
In WWE, John Cena has won 20 championships in total, he is also a 13 time World Champion, (having won the WWE Championship a record 11 times and the World Heavyweight Championship twice), a company record shared with Triple H. In addition, Cena has also won the WWE United States Championship three times, and is a four-time Tag Team Champion, having held the World Tag Team Championship twice (once each with Shawn Michaels and Batista), and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice (once each with David Otunga and The Miz).
John Cena also won the Royal Rumble match twice (2008 and 2013), the 2012 Money in the Bank contract for the WWE Title, and is a three-time Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner (2009, 2010, and 2012). He has the fourth highest number of combined days as WWE Champion behind Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino. He is the 7th longest-reigning WWE Champion in history, he is also known as the “longest-reigning WWE Champion in twenty years”. Cena is the only man to win a match via disqualification and fail to capture to capture a world title upon cashing in a Money in the Bank contract.
John Cena started his professional wrestling career in 2000, wrestling for Ultimate Pro Wrestling, where he held the UPW Heavyweight Championship. In 2001, Cena signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) where he held the OVW Heavyweight Championship and the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (with Rico Constantino).
Outside of wrestling, John Cena has released the rap album You Can’t See Me, which debuted at No.15 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and starred in the 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 contestant on Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, where he made it to the final round before being eliminated, placing third in the overall competition.
Before his professional wrestling career, John Cena appeared in an advertisement for Gold’s Gym. As a wrestler he has endorsed the energy drink YJ Stinger, appearing in commercials beginning in October 2003, and Subway, for whom he filmed advertisements with their spokesperson Jared Fogle in November 2006 that began airing the next January. For a time in 2007 he also endorsed two “signature collections” of energy drinks and energy bars sold by American Body Builders. In 2008, Cena filmed a commercial as part of Gillette’s “Young Guns” NASCAR campaign.
In 2009, John Cena expanded his relationship with Gillette by introducing a new online campaign called “Be A Superstar” featuring himself alongside WWE Superstars Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes. The campaign features motivational videos.
For the extent of his WWE career, John Cena’s attire has attempted to reflect the most current fashions and stylings within the hip hop culture that his character represents. Cena started out wearing “throwback jerseys” until WWE produced specific Cena merchandise which he began wearing. While Cena was a member of the SmackDown! brand, one of his WWE produced t-shirts bore the suggestive spoonerism “Ruck Fules”. Whenever it appeared on television the image was censored, not by the network, but by WWE to sell more shirts under the premise that it was “too hot for TV.” He also wore a chain with a large padlock, occasionally using it as a weapon, until WrestleMania 21, when it was replaced with a chromed and diamond studded “Chain Gang” spinner medallion—reminiscent of the ones worn by members of G-Unit—matching his spinner title belt.
Around the time The Marine was released, John Cena began wearing attire more military related, including camouflage shorts, dog tags, a Marine soldier cap and a WWE produced shirt with the legend “Chain Gang Assault Battalion.” Shortly after WrestleMania 23, when promotion for The Marine ended, the military attire diminished and was replaced with apparel bearing his new slogan “American Made Muscle” along with denim shorts, not seen since he was a member of the SmackDown roster. He then wore shirts that promoted Cenation and his trademark line “You Can’t See Me.” From late 2011 until Wrestlemania XXVIII, Cena again switched to camo shorts (honoring the U.S. Armed Forces), to coinincide with his black “Rise Above Hate” T-shirt promoting WWE’s “Be a Star” anti-bullying campaign. On September 16, 2012, Cena debuted a new pink and black t-shirt and cap combo with the phrase “Rise Above Cancer” that he wore through October in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
In addition to his wrestling career, John Cena is a rapper and a hip hop musician. Cena performed his fifth WWE theme song, “Basic Thugonomics,” himself, and it was featured on the WWE soundtrack album WWE Originals. He also recorded a song,”Untouchables”, for the company’s next soundtrack album WWE ThemeAddict: The Music, Vol. 6. He collaborated on the song H-U-S-T-L-E remix along with Murs, E-40, and Chingo Bling.
John Cena’s debut album, You Can’t See Me, was recorded with his cousin Tha Trademarc. It features, amongst other songs, his entrance theme, “The Time is Now”, and the single “Bad, Bad Man”, for which a music video was made that parodied 1980s culture, including the television show The A-Team. A video was also made for the second single, “Right Now,” and premiered on the August 8 Raw. Cena and Tha Trademarc were later featured on a track by The Perceptionists named “Champion Scratch.” Cena will appear on Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins’ upcoming album Still Cool featuring other guests.
How John Cena Made His Money – Wrestling and Bodybuilding
Estimated Net Worth: $35 Million
Birthday: April 23, 1977