John Felix Anthony Cena is known as John Cena in WWE. April 23 1977, John Cena was born in West Newbury,Massachusetts.
Really, now. Who ever saw John Cena coming? When he debuted on SmackDown in June 27, 2002, he was just a beefy guy in purple trunks. Within a year of his introduction, he transformed into the battle-rapping, chain-wielding “Doctor of Thuganomics.” Now, he’s the biggest star in WWE — but he’s also the most polarizing.
Fans love him or hate him. There’s no middle ground, and that’s the power of John Cena. Whatever you think of The Champ, there’s no denying his actions impact everything and everyone around him. Sure, he has his detractors, and they’re vocal, but Cena is still easily the most admired competitor in WWE, as evidenced by his nine million–plus Facebook followers. Cenation is strong. And its message is spreading. Whether competing in the squared circle, performing in front of the camera or donating time to charitable organizations like Make-A-Wish, The Champ is there.
A product of West Newbury, Mass., Cena discovered sports and weightlifting in his teens. He attended Springfield College, where he earned a degree in exercise physiology and excelled as a Division III All-American offensive lineman. Although he grew up a huge fan of such Superstars as Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, Cena only seriously considered becoming one himself while working the counter at Gold’s Gym in Venice, Calif. There, a wrestler-in-training encouraged him to enroll in class to learn the ropes. From day one, he was hooked.
A year later, Cena was signed by WWE to a developmental contract. What did he have that others didn’t? A physique that looked as though it were formed from Portland cement, mic skills that would shame a Roman senator, the tireless perseverance of Superman, and a devastating move that could turn even the most cast-iron grapplers into bags of mulch.
Throughout the past decade, Cena has amassed many honors, most notably an amazing 11 WWE Championships and two World Heavyweight Titles. He’s no stranger to struggle — in 2012 alone he lost to The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII, fell to CM Punk on multiple occasions and became the first Superstar to unsuccessfully cash in a Money in the Bank contract — but the man does not quit.
He’s proven his resilience against Bray Wyatt — a rival so twisted he’s even used a flock of children to torment the Centaion leader. Cena toppled the false prophet at WrestleMania 30, but Wyatt returned to beat him in a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules. The two men then met in a Last Man Standing Match at Payback in a bout that saw a bevy of brutality before the Cenation leader managed to hit Bray with a final Attitude Adjustment to walk away with the win. Cena carried that momentum into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match at Money in the Bank where he began his historic 15th reign as World Champion, once again allowing him to say without any hesitation that “The Champ is Here!”
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