John Felix Anthony Cena ; born April 23, 1977 is an American actor, rapper, and professional wrestler employed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its Raw brand.
In WWE, Cena has won fifteen championships in total, including nine World Titles (having won the WWE Championship seven times and the World Heavyweight Championship twice). In addition, Cena has also won the WWE United States Championship three times the World Tag Team Championship twice (once with Shawn Michaels, once with Batista), and the WWE Tag Team Championship once (with David Otunga). Cena also won the 2008 Royal Rumble match, and is a two-time Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner (2009 and 2010).
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, Cena has released the rap album You Can't See Me, which debuted at #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.
1 Early life
2 Professional wrestling career
2.2 World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–present)
2.2.1 Debut (2002–2003)
2.2.2 United States Champion and WWE Champion (2004–2005)
2.2.3 Various feuds and injury (2006–2007)
2.2.4 Return from injury (2008–2010)
2.2.5 Feud with Nexus (2010-present)
3 Other media
3.2 Guest appearances
4 Personal life
5 In wrestling
6 Championships and accomplishments
8 Further reading
9 External links
Cena was born April 23, 1977, in West Newbury, Massachusetts, the son of Carol and John Cena, Sr.He is the second eldest of five brothers – Dan, Matt, Steve, and Sean. 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 bodybuilding, and also worked as a chauffeur for a limousine company.
Professional wrestling career
Cena started training to become a professional wrestler in 2000 at the California-based "Ultimate University" operated by Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Once he was placed into an in-ring role, Cena began using a semi-robotic character known as The Prototype. Some of this period of his career was documented in the Discovery Channel program Inside Pro Wrestling School.While in UPW, Cena held the UPW Heavyweight Championship for just shy of a month in April 2000.In 2001, he signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was assigned to its developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). During his time there, Cena wrestled as both The Prototype and Mr. P, and held the OVW Heavyweight Championship for three months and the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (with Rico Constantino) for two months.
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