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John Cena Juan Cena The Prototype Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Billed weight 251 lb (114 kg) Billed from ' (UPW) West Newbury, Massachusetts (WWE) Trained by Debut November 5, 1999 John Felix Anthony Cena (; born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper and reality television show host. Cena is currently signed to, where he is a free agent, appearing for both the and. Cena started his career in 1999 with (UPW) and won the UPW Heavyweight Championship the following year. Cena signed a with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment, or simply WWE) in 2001, debuting on the WWE main roster in 2002. From a generic in 2002, Cena morphed into a rapper for the time period of 2002–2004, which earned him fame within the audience on SmackDown! Cena later transitioned to his current character, which he describes as a ' '.
However, Cena was labeled 'the most polarizing professional wrestler ever' by industry commentator, as his character has many supporters and detractors. Cena was WWE's and its public face for much of the 2000s and 2010s.
Industry veterans, and have called Cena the greatest WWE star of all time. Throughout his WWE career, Cena has won 25, with 16 reigns as a ( as and as WWE's ), an accomplishment only previously achieved.
He is also a and a four-time ( and ). Furthermore, he is a winner (), a two-time winner (, ) and a three-time Superstar of the Year winner (,, ). Cena has the, behind, and. He has also headlined WWE's flagship event on five different occasions (WrestleManias,,, and ) over the course of his career, as well as many others. Outside of wrestling, Cena released the 2005 rap album, which debuted at No.
15 on the U.S. He has starred in the feature films (2006), (2009), (2010), (2011), (2015) and (2015). He has also made appearances on television shows including,,,,, and. Cena was a contestant on, where he made it to the final round before being eliminated, placing third in the overall competition. Cena is the host of on and is involved in numerous philanthropic causes, most notably with the —he has granted the most wishes in Make-A-Wish history.
Cena performing an Attitude Adjustment () on On the June 24 episode of, ordered the entire roster to the ring and declared that he needed them to all find some ruthless aggression from within themselves and that he was looking for one of them to stand out from the rest of the pack. Cena made his WWE television debut on the June 27, 2002 episode of SmackDown! By answering an open challenge. After declaring that he possessed 'ruthless aggression', Cena lost by a combination. After the match, Cena was congratulated by,,, and.
Following the near-win, Cena became a and started with, defeating Jericho. Then, Cena feuded with ( and ) and Cena picked up a victory over Chavo Guerrero on the September 3, 2002 taping of. [ ] On the September 12 episode of SmackDown!, Cena teamed with Edge in a losing effort against Los Guerreros, thus ending the feud in the process. [ ] Cena went on to defeat the likes of and as he was restricted to appearances on Velocity for the rest of September. [ ] In October 2002, Cena and took part in a tournament to crown the first of the SmackDown!, losing in the first round.
The next week on SmackDown!, Cena and attacked Kidman, blaming him for their loss, becoming a for the first and only time in his career. On the October 17 episode of SmackDown!, Cena defeated Kidman in a singles contest, but was defeated by Kidman in a rematch on the October 24 episode of SmackDown! Shortly after the Kidman attack on a themed episode of SmackDown!, Cena dressed as performing a. The following week on SmackDown!, Cena received a new character: a who while rhyming. As the grew, Cena began adopting a variant of the 1980s WWF logo – dropping the 'F' – as his 'signature symbol', along with the slogan ' Life'. At, Cena would team with in a losing effort against Kidman and in a. Eventually, Cena was joined by an,, who was rechristened B-2 (also written B² and pronounced 'B-Squared').
[ ] B-2 helped Cena kick off 2003 in victorious fashion with a win over Rikishi on the January 2 episode of SmackDown! And a win over Chavo Guerrero on the January 9 episode of SmackDown! [ ] Both Cena and B-2 participated in the, but were unsuccessful. Cena and B-2 failed to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship from Los Guerreros, resulting in Cena replacing B-2 with until he was sent to the Raw brand in February 2003. For the first half of 2003, Cena sought the and chased the reigning champion after, gaining upset wins over Eddie Guerrero, The Undertaker and, who mocked him by wearing a 'Toothless Aggression' shirt. Cena won a number one contender's tournament for the right to face off against Lesnar for the WWE Championship at, but he failed to win the title at the event. After Backlash, Cena entered into a feud with and Chris Benoit, which led to Cena, along with and, defeating the team of, Rhyno and Benoit.
Shortly thereafter, Cena began mocking The Undertaker before and after his matches leading to a match between the two at, where he lost a against The Undertaker. In a rematch between the two, Cena would once again defeat The Undertaker on the August 5 episode of SmackDown!, this time with assistance from. The feud between the two came to an end on the August 19 episode of SmackDown!, when Cena and A-Train defeated Undertaker and in a. Cena then pursued the, but lost to then champion Eddie Guerrero in a for the title.
Rise to superstardom (2003–2005) After losing to Kurt Angle at, Cena became a (of which he's remained since) when he joined Angle as a member of his team at, where Cena and Chris Benoit were the survivors. Despite feuding, Cena and Benoit would later join forces as a makeshift tag team and on the November 27 episode of SmackDown! Both won a to earn a WWE Championship match when, after being the last two men remaining, they would eliminate each other at the same time and were both declared joint winners of the match. However, Benoit defeated Cena the following week on SmackDown! To earn a WWE Championship match against Lesnar that same night. Cena facing off against at a WWE At, Cena participated in the main event match where he retained the WWE Championship when he pinned Carlito. Immediately after a bloodied Cena won, made his way to the ring to cash in his contract – a 'guaranteed title match for the WWE Champion at a time and place of the owner's choosing'.
Two quick allowed Edge to pin Cena, winning him the championship. Three weeks later, Cena won the championship back at the. After winning the championship, Cena began feuding with, in which the crowd again started booing Cena and cheering the intended villain, Triple H, after being mostly cheered the last few months. Cena beat Triple H at to retain the WWE Championship. The negative reaction towards Cena intensified when facing. Taking place in front of a boisterous crowd of mostly original fans at the, Cena was met with raucous jeering and chants of 'Fuck you, Cena', 'You can't wrestle', and 'Same old shit'. When he began performing different moves into the match, the fans began chanting 'You still suck'.
Cena lost the WWE Championship at One Night Stand, with Van Dam pinning Cena after interference from Edge. Cena addressing fans at a show In July, Edge won the championship from Van Dam in a triple threat match that also involved Cena, re-igniting the feud between him and Cena from earlier in the year. After Edge went about retaining the title by dubious means – getting himself disqualified (for which championships do not change hands) and using – he introduced his own version of Cena's 'custom' title belt, this one with his logo placed on the spinner. Cena eventually won the championship back in a match and arena of Edge's choice: a at at the in Edge's hometown of after performing the FU on Edge through two tables off a ladder.
The match had a stipulation that, had Cena lost, he would have left the Raw brand for SmackDown! Cena returned his version of the spinner title belt on the next night's Raw. On the heels of his feud with Edge, Cena was placed in an inter-brand to determine the 'Champion of Champions' – or which was the most dominant champion in WWE's three brands. Cena, the, and the engaged in a mini-feud leading to a triple threat match at, with the viewers voting on which of the three championships would be placed on the line. At the same time, Cena became involved in a storyline with non-wrestler, when he began appearing on Raw with and. After getting into a physical altercation with Federline on Raw, Federline appeared at Cyber Sunday to hit Cena with the World Heavyweight Championship during the match, helping King Booker retain his championship.
2006 ended with Cena beginning a feud with the undefeated over the WWE Championship, while 2007 began with the end of his storyline with Kevin Federline. On the first Raw of the new year, Cena was pinned by Federline with an assist from Umaga, although later in the night he was able to get his hands on Federline performing an FU on him. At the pay-per-view event,, Cena defeated Umaga to end his undefeated streak and retain the WWE Championship. At the, Cena defeated Umaga in a and retained the title after Umaga was unable to get to his feet before the counted to ten. One night after the Royal Rumble, an impromptu team of Cena and Shawn Michaels defeated (Edge and ) for the, making Cena a double champion. On the April 2 episode of Raw, after losing a WWE Championship match to Cena at, Michaels turned on Cena, costing them the championship in the second of two 10-team battles royals, by throwing Cena over the top rope and eliminating the team. ( and ) eventually won the match and the championship.
For the rest of the month, Cena feuded with Michaels, Orton, and Edge until declared his intentions to challenge for Cena's championship attacking and 'laying out' all three of the top contenders before assaulting Cena himself and stealing the physical title belt. For the next two months, Cena feuded with Khali over the championship, eventually becoming the first person in WWE to defeat him by submission at and then by pinfall. Later that summer, Randy Orton was named the number one contender for the WWE Championship, starting a feud between the two. Leading up to, Orton delivered a number of sneak-attacks, performing three to Cena, who in the actual match retained the championship. A rematch between the two occurred at, with Orton winning by disqualification after Cena ignored the referee's instructions and continued to beat on him in the corner. During a match with on the October 1, 2007 episode of Raw, Cena suffered a torn while executing a. Though finishing the match and taking part in the scripted attack by Orton after the match, surgery the following day found that his pectoralis major muscle was torn completely from the bone, estimating at the time to require seven months to a year of rehabilitation.
As a result, Cena was stripped of the title by on the next night's episode of, ending what was the longest WWE Championship reign in over 19 years. Cena's surgery was performed by orthopedic surgeon at St. Vincent's Hospital in, Alabama. Two weeks later in a video update on WWE.com, Dr. Andrews and Cena's physical trainer both said that he was several weeks ahead of where he was expected to be in his rehabilitation at that time. Despite his injury, Cena attended the annual WWE's show filmed at Camp Speicher in, Iraq on December 7, and aired on December 24. World Heavyweight Champion (2008–2010).
Cena as one half of the Cena made a surprise return as the final participant of the match, winning the match, and the traditional title shot, by last eliminating. Instead of waiting until WrestleMania, the title shot was cashed in against then WWE Champion Randy Orton at February's pay-per-view in a match where Cena won by disqualification, resulting in him not getting the championship. The night after No Way Out, Cena was placed back into 's WWE Championship match, making it a triple threat match also involving Triple H, during which he was pinned by Orton.
At, Cena failed to regain the title in a, in which he was pinned by Orton. Triple H won the title during that match, during which Cena eliminated JBL, renewing their feud from 2005. Cena defeated JBL at and then at in a.
However, JBL defeated him in a New York City at in July. Cena also failed to regain the WWE Championship from Triple H. On the August 4 episode of Raw, Cena became a for a second time, teaming with to defeat and, but failed to retain the championship the following week against the former champions.
Cena lost to Batista. Shortly after, Cena was named one of four contenders for 's in the match at, but he was replaced by after suffering a herniated disc in his neck, which required surgery. Cena underwent successful surgery to repair the injury. Cena made his in-ring return at the November pay-per-view event,, defeating to win his first World Heavyweight Championship.
The two continued their rivalry up to, where Cena retained his championship. After defeating JBL at the, Cena lost the championship at to, after was attacked by Edge, who took his place in the match. Cena was given an opportunity to regain the title at in a triple threat match also involving, which Cena won. Cena lost the championship back to Edge in a at after interference from Big Show, who Cena through a big spotlight. This resulted in Cena beginning a feud with Big Show in which Cena defeated Big Show at and at in a by applying the STFU. During Cena's feud with Big Show, challenged him to a match on the April 27 episode of Raw, but as Cena was out due to injury, Miz claimed an unofficial win via forfeit and continued to do this over the following weeks, until Cena defeated him in a singles match. See also: On the June 7, 2010 episode of Raw, Cena was suddenly thrust into a new storyline when during his main event match against, he was attacked by all eight former contestants of the, with as their leader.
Punk, his follower, and other personnel around the ring were attacked as well, but Cena took the worst of the attack and was carried out on a stretcher. This group later referred to itself as.
At, Cena lost the to Sheamus, in a fatal four-way match involving and, after The Nexus interfered. Cena again lost to Sheamus in a at, after The Nexus again interfered.
Cena, in retaliation to The Nexus, formed an alliance with Edge,,,,, and. They defeated The Nexus at, with help from the returning, a former member of Nexus, who replaced Khali after he was injured. Cena being forced to read a public address by while a member of Hoping to end The Nexus, Cena challenged Wade Barrett to a match at with the stipulations that if he were to lose, he would join The Nexus.
After Barrett defeated Cena, he joined The Nexus, and was forced by the to follow their orders or be fired. Cena and fellow Nexus member defeated and to win the.
Later that night, he was forced to help Barrett defeat Orton in a WWE Championship match, giving Barrett the disqualification win, but not the title. The following night on Raw, Cena and Otunga lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to fellow Nexus members and, when Barrett ordered Otunga to lay down and lose the title.
At, Cena officiated a match for the WWE Championship between Wade Barrett and Randy Orton. Per stipulation, if Barrett didn't win the championship, Cena.
Orton defeated Barrett to retain the title, thus terminating Cena's WWE contract (). The following night on Raw, Cena gave a farewell speech, before costing Wade Barrett the WWE Championship by interfering in his rematch with Randy Orton. A week later, Cena invaded Raw, first as a spectator, but then attacked members of Nexus, explaining that he would still take down Nexus one by one, despite not having a job in the WWE anymore. On the December 13 episode of Raw, Cena was rehired by Barrett, in exchange that he would face him on December 19 at in a, which Cena won.
Cena at in 2010 On the December 27 episode of Raw, The Nexus, minus Barrett, announced they were under new management and offered to bury the hatchet with Cena, to which he refused. The Nexus attacked Cena, leaving a Nexus armband in the ring during the process. As the group retreated, CM Punk, who had attacked Cena with a steel chair twice the week before, came to the ring to apparently attack Cena, but instead put on the armband left behind to symbolically announce his allegiance with The Nexus, becoming leader the following week by manipulating Barrett's banishment from the group. On the January 17 episode of Raw, Cena returned and faced Punk in a match, which ended in a after Cena was attacked by the debuting, who later joined The Nexus.
Cena competed in the match at the pay-per-view, which saw Cena eliminate most of the Nexus members, ending his feud with the. Record-breaking WWE Champion (2011–2013). Cena and agree to face each other at During the same match at the Rumble, Cena made it to the final five before being eliminated by then, who was not part of the match. Cena won the match at to face Miz at for the WWE Championship.
On the February 21 episode of Raw, Cena replied in rap form to comments made by the previous week, as The Rock returned as the announced guest host of WrestleMania. That night, Cena was placed into a match, with him teaming with, where they defeated and to become WWE Tag Team Champions. However, their rematch clause was immediately invoked and they won the title back after The Miz attacked Cena. After weeks of insults, Cena and Rock finally met, where, after a verbal confrontation, and brief attack by The Miz and, Cena attacked The Rock with the Attitude Adjustment. At WrestleMania XXVII, Cena and Miz fought to a, but The Rock restarted the match and performed a Rock Bottom on Cena, allowing The Miz to retain the title.
The next night on Raw, Cena, in response to The Rock 'screwing' him out of the title, agreed to face him in the main event of, making it the first match to be set up for WrestleMania one year in advance. Pumpkinhead 2 Rapidshare Download there. At, Cena defeated The Miz and to become WWE Champion. Cena went on to successfully defend the title against The Miz at in an and.
Cena then began a feud with, who was leaving the company at, where he defeated Cena to win the WWE Championship, and left the company with the title. After won the WWE Championship in a tournament, Cena challenged and defeated him later that night to become WWE Champion for a record-breaking ninth time, only to be interrupted by CM Punk, who also claimed to be champion. Punk again defeated Cena at in a match.
After became WWE Champion by cashing in his, Cena became number one contender and beat Del Rio at to win the WWE Championship for the tenth time. He lost it back to Del Rio at, in a triple threat match also involving CM Punk. Cena lost his rematch to Alberto Del Rio at in a, due to interference by The Miz and R-Truth. After a few weeks of Miz and Truth attacking Cena and other employees, Cena was allowed to choose his partner to challenge Miz and Truth at and Cena chose The Rock as his partner. Despite exchanging insults in the following weeks, they defeated Miz and Truth, though Rock closed the show by giving Cena a Rock Bottom. Faces off with Cena after his return in April 2012 Cena then began a feud with Kane, who cited his disgust for Cena's 'Rise Above Hate' slogan and claimed that Cena would need to embrace the hate in order to defeat The Rock at WrestleMania. Cena fought Kane to a at the, and then defeated him in an.
At, Cena faced The Rock in the main event match which had been building for a year and was billed as 'once in a lifetime'. The match ended when Cena attempted the People's Elbow on The Rock, and Rock countered with a Rock Bottom for the pinfall. The following night on Raw, Cena accepted his loss and invited The Rock to the ring so that he could congratulate him. However, Cena's call was answered instead by the returning, who then attacked Cena with an. This resulted in Cena feuding with the Raw general manager, who revealed that he signed Lesnar to bring 'legitimacy' to WWE and for Lesnar to become its 'new face'.
At, Cena defeated Lesnar in an. His feud with Laurinaitis escalated after cost Cena a match against him at, but Laurinaitis was fired at after Cena defeated Big Show in a match with both of their jobs on the line. Cena won the Money in the Bank ladder match at, earning a contract for a shot at the WWE Championship anytime within a year. At, Cena cashed in his contract on CM Punk, and won the match by disqualification after Big Show interfered, becoming the first person to cash in a Money in the Bank contract and not win a title. Cena's feud with Punk continued into, where Punk defeated Cena and Big Show to retain the title, and at, where they fought to a draw. After being sidelined with a legitimate arm injury, Cena returned at to be pinned by Punk in a match which also featured. Cena then feuded with over an alleged relationship with and at, lost to him in a for his Money in the Bank contract, after AJ turned on Cena.
The following night on Raw, Cena teamed with to face Ziggler and AJ in a which ended in a disqualification after Cena was attacked by the debuting. Cena then defeated Ziggler on the January 7, 2013 episode of Raw in a singles match, and again in a steel cage match the following week, despite interference from AJ and Langston in both matches to end the feud. On January 27, 2013, Cena won his second match, and later announced that he'd pursue the WWE Championship.
Cena, along with Ryback and, began feuding with The Shield, which culminated in a at, where The Shield were victorious. On the February 25 episode of Raw, Cena defeated CM Punk to reaffirm his status as number one contender for the Rock's WWE Championship. He then returned to his rivalry with The Rock, with Cena blaming his personal and professional troubles on his loss to The Rock the previous year, going so far as admitting his own vanity had cost him the match.
At, Cena defeated Rock in their rematch to win his eleventh WWE Championship and shook hands with Rock as sign of respect. Cena then began a rivalry with Ryback, during which Cena suffered a legitimate injury, while also battling The Shield and facing them in losing efforts. Cena retained his championship against Ryback in a Last Man Standing match at as the match ended in a no contest aftet both men were down for a 10 count. Cena then defeated Ryback in a. He defeated via submission. At, Cena lost the WWE Championship to, with as the.
The following night on Raw, Cena announced that he would undergo surgery for a triceps tear and would be out for four to six months. World championship reigns and high-profile feuds (2013–2015) Cena returned at the pay-per-view and defeated to win his third World Heavyweight Championship. Cena successfully defended his championship against on the October 28 episode of Raw, and Alberto Del Rio in a rematch. Next, Cena challenged then to unify their respective championships, with agreeing and arranging for a Tables, Ladders and Chairs title unification match at the pay-per-view, which Cena lost. A rematch occurred at the for the now unified, where Cena lost after being distracted. The Wyatts continued to interfere in Cena's matches, and at, caused Cena's elimination in the Elimination Chamber match. 'I know how John Cena feuds tend to work.
He loses one match, then wins the next two or three. Look at and as examples.
These feuds don't really help talent. They're established. As definitively below Cena. This is a running theme in WWE booking. Worse off than he would have been if he had never had the second and third matches with Cena'.
Pro Wrestling Dot Net analyst Will Pruett in July 2015 After Elimination Chamber, accepted Cena's challenge for a WrestleMania match, Wyatt wanted to prove that Cena's heroic act was a facade characteristic of 'this era of lies' while further wanting to turn Cena into a 'monster'. At, Cena overcame interference from and to defeat Wyatt. The feud continued after WrestleMania based on the story that Wyatt was capturing Cena's fanbase, which was exemplified by Wyatt leading a children's choir to the ring on the April 28 episode of Raw, with the children later putting on sheep masks. At, Wyatt defeated Cena in a, after repeated interference from the rest of the Wyatt Family members and a demonic child. Cena's feud with Wyatt continued with a match being set up for, where Cena buried Wyatt under multiple equipment cases to win the match. On the June 16 episode of Raw, Cena defeated in a to qualify for the for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship at, where Cena won his 15th world championship.
Cena then retained the title at in a fatal four-way match against, Randy Orton and Kane. At, Cena lost the championship to in a, during which Lesnar hit Cena with sixteen and two F-5s, ending his reign at 49 days.
Cena invoked his title rematch clause against Lesnar for, nearly winning before attacked him to cause a disqualification, although he became the first wrestler to defeat Lesnar in two WWE pay-per-view events. Cena then began feuding with for the right to face Rollins at, but Ambrose won the right by defeating Cena in a. Cena would instead face Randy Orton in a match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which Cena won. On October 27 episode of Raw, Cena rejected The Authority's offer to join forces, which resulted in a between Team Cena and Team Authority. Cena's team consisted of,, Erick Rowan and; at Survivor Series, Show turned on Cena, causing Cena's elimination, but Ziggler eventually won the match for Team Cena with the interfering 's help. Thus as per the match stipulation, The Authority were stripped from power and only Cena could bring them back. At, Cena defeated Rollins in a tables match to retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship No.
1 contender status. It was then announced that Cena would face Lesnar for the title at the. On the December 29 episode of Raw, Rollins and Big Show held guest host hostage, forcing Cena to reinstate The Authority.
On the January 5 episode of Raw, The Authority added Rollins to the title match at the Royal Rumble involving Cena and Lesnar, and Ziggler, Ryback and Rowan were 'fired' for joining Team Cena at Survivor Series. On the January 19 episode of Raw, Cena won a against Rollins, Big Show and Kane to retain his title shot at the Royal Rumble and win back the jobs of Ziggler, Ryback and Rowan. At the Royal Rumble, Cena was unsuccessful in capturing the title. United States Champion (2015–2016). Cena after defeating for the United States Championship at WrestleMania 31 Following the Royal Rumble, Cena began feuding with then and at, Rusev won after Cena passed out to Rusev's submission, the, after Rusev hit Cena with a following a distraction from his manager.
In the following weeks, Cena challenged Rusev to a rematch, which was declined, and decreed that Cena would not compete at unless Rusev agreed to a match. On the March 9 episode of Raw, Cena attacked Rusev, refusing to release the STF submission hold, causing Lana to grant Cena the match. Cena defeated Rusev at WrestleMania to win the United States Championship for the fourth time, marking Rusev's first pinfall loss in the main roster. The following night on Raw, Cena announced that he would issue an open challenge each week on Raw with his United States Championship on the line—he successfully defended his title against the likes of Dean Ambrose,,, Kane,,, and.
[ ] Cena retained his title against Rusev in a at and a. The following night on Raw, Cena was attacked by then, setting up a at, where Owens defeated Cena, but Cena defeated Owens in a rematch. Cena defeated Owens at to retain the United States Championship and end the feud. Cena then resumed his feud with then WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, with Rollins refusing Cena's challenges for the title. On the July 27 episode of Raw, The Authority forced Cena to defend the United States Championship against Rollins. Cena defeated Rollins despite suffering a legitimate during the match.
Cena then faced Rollins in a 'Winner Takes All' match at, for both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Championship, which Cena lost after guest host, appearing to side with Cena, instead attacked him with a steel chair, ending Cena's reign at 147 days. Cena defeated Rollins to win the title for the fifth time at, a record in the WWE ownership era of the title. Cena then retained his title against Rollins the following night on Raw and then in a steel cage match at, while also restarting his open challanges and successfully defend the title against members and and. At, Cena lost the title to the returning in an open challenge. After a hiatus, Cena returned on the December 28 episode of Raw, defeating Del Rio by disqualification in a rematch for the title. On the January 7, 2016 episode of SmackDown taped on January 5, Cena aided at ringside to victory against Del Rio.
That same day he underwent surgery on a shoulder injury, which would keep him out of action for an undisclosed amount of time. Record-tying world championship reign (2016–2017) Cena returned at, helping fend off. Cena then made his full return on the Memorial Day edition of on May 30, four months earlier than had been expected for his type of injury. He was confronted by, only to be betrayed by Styles, who joined his former Club teammates in attacking Cena. This set up a match between Cena and Styles at, which Styles won with interference from Gallows and Anderson. On the July 4 episode of Raw, Cena was again attacked by the Club, but was saved. Subsequently, a six-man tag team match was made between the two teams for.
On July 19 at the, Cena was drafted to the SmackDown brand, while also defeating Club member via pinfall in a singles contest. Cena, Amore and Cass defeated The Club at Battleground after Cena pinned Styles. Cena continued his feud with Styles, which resulted in him losing their match at on August 21. With Styles later winning the renamed, Cena challenged him and previous champion in a triple threat match for the title. He lost the match after being pinned by Styles, which came after Ambrose and Cena simultaneously made Styles submit, therefore restarting the match.
Cena then took a hiatus from WWE to film season 2. On the December 13 episode of SmackDown Live it was announced that Cena would be returning on the December 27 episode.
On his return, he addressed rumors about him during the past year, stated that the New Era was 'B.S.' , and then challenged the winner of that night's championship match, which was AJ Styles, for the again renamed WWE Championship at the.
On January 29, 2017, Cena defeated Styles at the Royal Rumble to tie for the most world title reigns at 16, although Flair has actually won the world title several more times with the number 16 having been called 'WWE mythology'. Cena then entered the match as WWE Champion. He was eliminated fourth after a Sister Abigail from Bray Wyatt, who went on to win the championship. Two nights later on SmackDown Live, Cena lost a triple threat match against Wyatt for the championship in a match also featuring Styles. Cena then began a feud with The Miz; after Cena eliminated Miz from both the Elimination Chamber and a 10-man battle royal to face Wyatt at, Miz came back in and eliminated Cena. The next week, Miz accused Cena of being a hypocrite due to his movie commitments, while Cena accused Miz of stealing other wrestlers' moves and personalities. Miz's wife then slapped Cena before Cena and his girlfriend sent Miz and Maryse retreating.
SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan then set up a between the two pairs for WrestleMania 33, which Cena and Bella won. Cena proposed to Bella after the match and she accepted.
Cena then went on a hiatus from WWE to film season 2 of. Free agent (2017–present) Cena appeared on the Memorial Day episode of Raw on May 29, providing a voice over for the opening video package.
On the June 6 episode of SmackDown, it was announced that Cena would make his return to the brand on the July 4 episode. However, the following week on Raw, it was announced that Cena was a free agent. Soon after in a WWE.com article, it was revealed that he became a free agent during the. Although he was scheduled for the July 4 episode of SmackDown, it was unclear if he would remain with the brand or move to Raw.
Cena confirmed he would appear for both the Raw and SmackDown brands upon his return. At this point, Cena would begin to become 'meta' during promos, breaking the fourth wall while talking and going so far as to refer to himself as 'Super Cena', a name that wrestling fans have given him over the years due to his constant victories over opponents. He was interrupted by the also returning Rusev, whom after a war of words, Cena challenged to a and Rusev accepted. General Manager Daniel Bryan scheduled the match for, where Cena emerged victorious. He would then face for the right to face for the WWE Championship at, but was defeated by Nakamura.
Cena saved Nakamura from an attack by after the show and a match between Cena and Corbin at SummerSlam was made the following week. On the August 15 episode of SmackDown, Corbin attacked Cena during a non-title WWE Championship match against Mahal causing a disqualification victory for Cena. Afterwards, Corbin cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, but he attacked Cena instead, allowing Mahal to roll-up for the victory. Cena defeated Corbin at the pay-per-view event. Cena then appeared on Raw the night after SummerSlam, explaining he wanted to be 'face to face' with a certain WWE wrestler, confirmed to be.
The next week, a match between the two was scheduled for. In the weeks leading up to the match, the two cut various on each other, going back and forth about what they perceive the other as and why the crowds react the way they do. At No Mercy, Cena lost to Reigns. Cena would then make a return to SmackDown, after Commissioner named him the final member of Team SmackDown for men's 5-on-5 elimination match against Team Raw's men at, in which Cena was eliminated by Kurt Angle and Team SmackDown was defeated. Wrestling persona During his first years in WWE, Cena portrayed a vastly different character.
This character, a white who wore jerseys, backwards hats, and a chain with a padlock around his neck, was known as the 'Doctor of Thuganomics'. Cena sometimes used underhanded tactics to score victories, such as using his chain as a weapon behind the referee's back. Cena often rapped before his matches, insulting his opponents, events that happened in the media, and even the crowd on occasion. Cena also regularly performed 'rap battles', where he and his opponent took turns rapping on each other.
Cena reverted to this persona once during his feud with. In 2005, shortly after his first debut film,, his wrestling character was shifted from a white rapper to that of a young. Cena has portrayed a heroic character throughout his WWE career, with the exception of a villainous run in 2002–2003. Cena's signature ring gear includes jean shorts,, and wrist and armbands.
Cena also wears a variety of T-shirts and which commonly include one of his like 'never give up', 'you can't see me', and 'hustle, loyalty, respect'. Cena has a history of returning from actual (and ) injuries much sooner than expected. In 2016, ESPN reported David Shoemaker said of him, 'Never underestimate Cena's recuperative abilities. He's somewhere on the recovery scale between German therapy and.' Stated he felt the most stable to be lifted by Cena, despite Cena being over 200 lbs lighter and almost a foot shorter, a testament to Cena's. Acting career Film. Cena filming on the set of 12 Rounds His second film, also produced by WWE Studios, was.
Filming began on February 25, 2008 in New Orleans; the film was released on March 27, 2009. Cena co-starred in his third film produced by, titled, which was played in selected theaters starting on September 10, 2010, for a limited time, then it was released on DVD on September 28, 2010. That same year, Cena starred in the children's film, a film based on 's YouTube videos of the, where he plays Fred's imaginary father. The movie was first aired on in September 2010.
In 2015, Cena made appearances in the comedy films, and a cameo in. He was the driver for the. In 2017, Cena lent his voice for the animated film,. Guest appearances Before his WWE debut, Cena made an appearance on the Go Sick as Bruebaker, an angry, cursing wrestler in 2001. Cena in 2008 During his WWE career, Cena has appeared on ABC's three times. Cena has also appeared on morning radio shows; including the and versions of as part of their 'walkover' on October 10, 2006.
Other appearances have included NBC's, Celebrity Playlist, 's, FOX's, (with ), and two appearances on MTV's (August 2006 and May 2007), as the victim of a. He also served as a co-presenter, with, at the 2005, as a guest judge during the third week of the 2006 season of, and appeared at the.
In January 2007, Cena,, and appeared representing WWE on an episode of, giving the children of the family whose house was being renovated WWE merchandise and eight tickets to. Two months later, he and appeared on the game show as 'moral support' to longtime WWE fan and front row staple, Rick 'Sign Guy' Achberger. And also appeared, but as antagonists. On April 9, 2008, Cena, along with fellow wrestlers and, appeared on the fund-raising special. In March 2009, Cena made an appearance on during the show's cold opening sequence. On March 7, 2009, he was a guest on 's quiz show in a Not My Job sequence titled 'Sure, pro wrestling is a good gig, but when you win, do they throw teddy bears into the ring?' Television In 2001, between his training in Ultimate Pro Wrestling and, Cena was involved in the produced reality show, in which he portrayed Big Tim Kingman, leader of the group of who chased down the contestants who acted as fugitives.
The show, however, was mired in controversy when it was alleged that the portions of the show were rigged to eliminate certain players, scenes were re-shot or staged to enhance drama, and contestants read from scripts. Cena was featured on the reality series, which aired in June 2007, making it to the final round before being eliminated on June 24, placing third in the competition overall. In 2007, Cena was interviewed for the documentary, Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling, which focused on steroid and drug use in professional wrestling. When asked if he had taken steroids he was heard to reply, 'I can't tell you that I haven't, but you will never prove that I have'.
The day after the documentary aired, WWE accused CNN of taking Cena's comments out of context to present a biased point of view, backing up their claim by posting an unedited video of Cena answering the same question – filmed by WWE cameras from another angle – in which he is heard beginning the same statement with 'absolutely not'. A text interview on the website with Cena later had him saying the news outlet should apologize for misrepresenting him, which CNN refused, saying they felt the true answer to the question began with the phrase 'my answer to that question'. However, they did edit the documentary on subsequent airings to include the 'absolutely not'. Cena hosted the Australian with on October 11, 2008 in. Cena guest starred as Ewan O'Hara, brother of, in an episode of the fourth season of the comedy drama. He also guest starred as himself in the seventh episode of 's. On August 17, 2015, Cena guest co-hosted on.
He co-hosted the show again on December 28 and 29, 2015. Cena appeared on on August 21, 2015. Cena co-hosted again on March 28–30 and May 9, 10, 13 and 30, 2016. Cena hosts on, which is a reality television series with 10 episodes. 16 men and women were split into four teams, where challenges were given. A $1 million USD prize was given to the winning team.
American Grit premiered on Fox on April 14, 2016. Cena has been retweeting motivational tweets from his followers on who used the hashtag #ShowYourGrit, in a way that the fan did something motivational to his/her friends in a real-life scenario.
The finale of Season 1 aired on June 9, 2016. Cena hosted the on July 13, 2016 in. On December 10, 2016, Cena was the guest host of ( SNL) on NBC. On January 24, 2017, announced that Cena would host the 2017 ceremony on March 11.
Other ventures Endorsements. Cena at Fort Bragg on December 9, 2011 Before his career, Cena appeared in an advertisement for. As a wrestler, he has endorsed the YJ Stinger, appearing in commercials beginning in October 2003, and, for whom he filmed advertisements with their spokesperson in November 2006 that began airing the next January. For a time in 2007, he also endorsed two 'signature collections' of energy drinks and sold by American Body Builders.
In 2008, Cena filmed a commercial as part of 'Young Guns' campaign. In 2009, Cena expanded his relationship with Gillette by introducing a new online campaign called 'Be A Superstar' featuring himself alongside fellow WWE wrestlers Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes. The campaign features videos. After called Cena ' during their feud (in reference to Cena's colorful merchandise) Cena appeared on the box of Fruity Pebbles cereal in 2013.
On October 13, 2016, Cena made his debut as the voice of Ernie the Elephant in a new commercial campaign launched by Wonderful Pistachios. He was named to Adweek's 'Creative 100' and received praise for the performance. Fashion During his WWE career, Cena's attire has attempted to reflect the most current fashions and stylings within the that his represents.
Cena started out wearing ' 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 '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, occasionally using it as a, until, when it was replaced with a 'Chain Gang' medallion – reminiscent of the ones worn by members of – matching his spinner title belt. Around the time was released, Cena began wearing attire more military related, including shorts,, a soldier cap, and a WWE produced shirt with the legend 'Chain Gang Assault Battalion'. Shortly after, 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! He then wore shirts that promoted Cenation and his trademark line 'You Can't See Me'. Main article: In mid-2015, Cena was the subject of the 'Unexpected John Cena', also known as simply 'Unexpected Cena' or 'It's John Cena'. Personal life Cena resides in. While promoting his 2009 film, Cena announced his engagement to Elizabeth Huberdeau.
They were married on July 11, 2009. On May 1, 2012, Cena filed for divorce, due to his infidelity. Which was finalized on July 18. The divorce was mentioned on-screen during Cena's feud with as part of their rematch.
Since November 2012, he has been dating fellow wrestler. They became engaged on April 2, 2017, when Cena proposed to her after their victory over and in an. Cena is a fan of Japanese anime and has mentioned that his favorite anime movie is. He also likes video games, naming as his favorite game series. An avid sports viewer, Cena is a fan of the,,, and. He collects and has over 20 of them, some of which are one-of-a-kind. As of 2016, Cena had started learning to help WWE expand its reach and spoke the language relatively smoothly at a WWE/ press conference in.
In December 2017, the filed a lawsuit against Cena for selling his 2017 in violation of his purchase agreement. According to Ford, Cena signed a contract to keep the supercar for at least two years, but he breached the agreement by selling it to take a net profit shortly after taking delivery of it. In wrestling. As a five-time, Cena has the most reigns under the WWE banner • • () • () – with • • (2006) vs. • Feud of the Year (2011) vs.
On • Match of the Year (2011) vs. CM Punk at • Match of the Year (2013) vs. At • Match of the Year (2014) vs. In a at • Match of the Year (2016) vs. At • (2003) • Most Popular Wrestler of the Decade (2000–2009) [ ] • (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012) • (2006, 2007) • Ranked No.
1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the in 2006, 2007 and 2013 • • Best Storyline (2015) vs. Kevin Owens • Title Feud of the Year, WWE (2015) vs. Everybody in the U.S. Open Challenge • WWE Match of the Year (2015) vs. Kevin Owens at • • UPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) • • () • () – with (1) and (1) • 1 () • () – with (1) and (1) • () • ( – WWE Championship contract) • (, ) •, • (10 times) • Game Changer of the Year () – with • Hero in All of Us () • Holy $#!+ Move of the Year () – Sends Batista through the stage with an • Insult of the Year () – 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 • Match of the Year (, ) – vs.
The Rock for the WWE Championship at, Team Cena vs. Team Authority at • Superstar of the Year (, 2010, 2012) • • 5 Star Match (2011) vs. CM Punk at Money in the Bank • (2007) • (2003) • (2007) • (2011) vs. CM Punk • (2011) vs. CM Punk at Money in the Bank on July 17 • (2006–2010) • Most Charismatic of the Decade (2000–2009) • (2007, 2010) • (2012) vs.
At • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2014) vs. Bray Wyatt at • Other awards and honors • Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee (Class of 2015) • 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 • 2016 Legacy of Achievement Award 1 During Cena's 12th reign, the championship was called the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.