John Cena Bio
One of the most popular professional wrestlers in the WWE, the John Cena bio tells the story of a man who overcame various obstacles to become the best in his profession. Cena is the modern day Hulk Hogan in the WWE, a man who is loved by millions of adoring fans, although he has his detractors as well. His story is one of interesting twists and turns on his way to the world championship.
John Cena was born in West Newberry, Massachusetts, one of five boys. He went on to play football for small Springfield College in Massachusetts and began his new career in bodybuilding.
His professional wrestling career began in a federation called UPW, which ran their own wrestling school. John Cena worked out at the school and eventually made his debut in UPW as a wrestler called “The Prototype,” using his bodybuilding career as a template for the character. He won the championship there but soon got a developmental deal with the WWE to see if he could make the cuts and earn his way into the big leagues.
Ohio Valley Wrestling was the WWE training grounds at the time for developmental wrestlers. The federation, based in Kentucky, was ran by Jim Cornette, the legendary professional wrestling manager and one of the finest minds in the sport. OVW developed a number of WWF stars, including Batista, Kane and John Cena. Cena wrestled in OVW as The Prototype and developed successfully in the system at the same time as Batista. It did not take long for Cena to hold the championship in the area and soon get called up to the WWE.
John Cena made his WWE debut in 2002 and lost to Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle in his debut match. Cena began his wrestling career, breaking in with smaller feuds until one day, fate stepped in. While his career seemed to be going nowhere, the WWE had a Halloween episode and some of the vignettes showed the wrestlers at a costume party. John Cena dressed up as Vanilla Ice and performed a rap and, from that moment on, his career took off.
The character of John Cena after that was as a performer who would come out to the ring and insult other wrestlers using raps. Cena wrestled mostly as a bad guy and began to get opportunities at the world title. However, his risqué raps soon began to build his fan base, people who liked that Cena pushed the boundaries. Cena won his first major title in 2004, beating Big Show at Wrestlemania that year for the United States Championship.
John Cena won his first WWE Championship in 2005, beating John Bradshaw Layfield, and soon found himself drafted to WWE Raw in the yearly draft meant to shake up the WWE each year. When Cena arrived on the live WWE Raw (Smackdown, his original home, was pre-recorded), the wrestler tamed his rapping slightly and began to be more “kid friendly.” This began to make a difference in the reactions he got around the WWE.
After a while, John Cena became one of the most controversial wrestlers in the WWE. He was wildly cheered by kids, who loved him for his wholesome personality, and booed by older fans (mainly males), who found him annoying and contrived. In an era where fans were trained to love the anti-heroes like Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena was too goody-goody for most older fan’s tastes.
John Cena used his popularity in the WWE to start to attempt to build an acting career. After his first starring role in “The Marine,” his subsequent roles have been less popular. Regardless of his success in Hollywood, Cena has made it a point to assure his WWE fans that he will never turn his back on professional wrestling and the fans who made him what he is today.