American professional wrestling has created many superstars that are well known worldwide and idolized by many children and even adults. Of those, John Cena is one of the most recognized.
In the Beginning
Born in West Newbury, Massachusetts John Cena (John Felix Anthony Cena) was the second born of five children, all brothers: Dan, Matt, Steve, and Sean. As his mother’s father, Tony Lupien, was a professional baseball player starting on the Boston Red Sox and ending his career on the Chicago White Socks, his athleticism may have been passed down through the genes. He attended Cushing Academy, a coeducational college preparatory high school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, and later graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. While at Springfield College, John Cena played as the NCAA Division III All-American Center, where he wore the number 54 on his uniform, which is why this number can still be found on his WWE attire. From here he pursued a career in bodybuilding, as he worked as a limousine driver.
John Cena’s career started in 1999 as he began training with a goal of becoming a professional wrestler. He was mainly at Ultimate Pro Wrestling in California with Rick Bassman. Eventually he was granted the opportunity to enter the ring, where he became known as “The Prototype.” The Discovery Channel featured him in its Inside Pro Wrestling School documentary, where he shows the challenges and insights into his training and what it takes to become a Professional Wrestler. John Cena later make is WWF entrance in the SmackDown where he lost against Mikey Richardson.
However, he was given another entrance into WWF when he defeated Aaron Aguilera. For most of 2002, John Cena seemed to be consistently defeated by opponents, however, he was still a fan favorite. By 2003, Cena had started defeating his opponents and was after the WWE Championship. It wasn’t until 2004 that John Cena won the United States World Championship at WrestleManiaXX. He earned a spot in the WrestleMania 21 in 2005 and won his first world championship the same year.
Most Known For
John Cena is known for many things, both good and bad. He is commonly noted as a villain, for when he attacked Billy Kidman after their loss in the WWE Tag Team Champions of SmackDown. Then later he was negatively known for his loss of his belt and title in June 2008, after he accidently knocked down Big Show, another professional wrestler, with the charge of “attacking an official.” Yet, with the bad comes the good. He is know recognized for his association with the Raw brand and became the World Champion in 2008 through 2010. Along with his professional wrestling fame, John Cena can also be found in numerous movies, such as The Marine, 12 Rounds, and in TV appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Love and other shows.
Current Personal Life
John Cena propsed to his girlfriend Elizabeth Huberdeau in 2009 and was married in July of 2009. Less than three years later, John Cena and his wife filed for divorce in May of 2012, which was finalized the same year. Currently, Cena is apparently dating Nikki Bella, a WWE Diva, however no engagement plans or wedding information has been reported.
Where Are They Now
Currently, John Cena has been active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he has helped over 400 children with life-threatening sicknesses and diseases achieve their goals. He has also been a fase for Gold’s Gym, and has had associations with Gillette. He has recently been focusing on his acting career with movies such as Sisters, which is currently being filmed and Trainwreck that will be out July 17, 2015.
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