Height: 6 foot 1
Weight: 240 pounds
From: West Newbury, Mass.
Signature Move: The FU; STFU
Career Highlights: WWE Champion; U.S. Champion; World Tag Team Champion
Let’s be honest: hailing from the rolling hills and broad valleys that constitute West Newbury, Massachusetts, will likely never earn you “street cred”--unless, of course, you’re John Cena. Then again, it didn’t happen overnight for him, either. Long before he became the Dr. of Thuganomics, young Cena had to endure the neighborhood rocker kids’ taunts about his baggy pants and rayon Kwamé shirts. His love for freestyling lyrics about rebellion and individualism just didn’t fit within the small rural community. By the time he turned 15, however, those same kids would stop teasing him, for it became apparent that Cena had been developing another passion: hitting the gym.
After applying to more than 60 colleges (and being accepted by 58), Cena attended Massachusetts’ Springfield College, where he excelled as a Division III All-American offensive lineman and team captain for the Pride. But as much as he fondly remembers his college football accomplishments, he’s equally as proud of earning his degree in Exercise Physiology, which he attributes to making him a smarter, more durable performer in the ring today.
Though a huge WWE fan since childhood, rooting for heroes like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, and Shawn Michaels, Cena had honestly never even considered a career in sports-entertainment. Instead, he flew out to California in 2000, to pursue a profession in bodybuilding (a move he now admits to making simply because his father had told him he wouldn’t make it out there). But while working behind the counter of Gold’s Gym in Venice, a discussion with a wrestler-in-training encouraged Cena to enroll in classes at Ultimate Pro Wrestling. He was instantly hooked, and became motivated to learn everything he could about his newfound craft. He obviously proved a quick study; within a year, World Wrestling Entertainment signed Cena to a developmental contract to train at Ohio Valley Wrestling. By June 2002, he had joined the SmackDown roster, and less than a year later headlined the first of what has since become countless main-event matches.
That said, Cena has never forgotten his roots. In fact, remembering where he came from has helped him evolve into the man he is today: a well-versed hip-hop artist, a successful movie star, and a blue-collared Chain Gang Soldier who’s always ready to fight. In his jean shorts and Reebok Pumps, he leads his WWE fan-based army into battle with the mission statement he’s been down with since Day One: hustle, loyalty, and respect.
John Cena is called "The Champ," and he's lived up to that billing on seven occasions. Cena first held the United States Championship, winning that gold 3 times before becoming WWE Champion at WrestleMania 21. Since then, Cena has held the WWE Championship on three occasions. Here now is Cena's complete title history:
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (3 times)
-4/3/2005, WrestleMania 21: def. JBL
-1/29/2006, Royal Rumble: def. Edge
-9/17/2006, Unforgiven: def. Edge
WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (1 time)
-1/29/2007, Raw: with Shawn Michaels, def. Edge & Randy Orton
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (3 times)
-3/14/2004, WrestleMania XX: def. Big Show
-10/3/2004, No Mercy: def. Booker T
-11/18/2004, SmackDown: def. Carlito
- Cena made his ring debut for Rick Bassman's UPW (Universal Pro Wrestling) group, a former WWF developmental territory.
- In UPW, Cena became Prototype.
- On April 27, 2000, Prototype defeated Smelly to capture the UPW title in San Diego, CA.
- Impressing WWF talent scouts, Cena signed a developmental deal with the company.
- In the spring of 2001, the WWF assigned the Prototype to Ohio Valley Wrestling for further training and development.
- In OVW, Cena teamed up with Rico Costantino.
- On August 1, 2001, Cena and Costantino captured the vacant OVW Tag Team titles by winning a tournament.
- On February 20, 2002, Prototype defeated Leviathan (Bastista) in Jeffersonville, IN for the OVW title.
- Cena made his WWE television debut on the June 27, 2002 edition of "Smackdown," answering Kurt Angle's challenge.
- On the July 11, 2002 episode of "Smackdown," Cena teamed with the Undertaker to defeat Angle and Chris Jericho.
- The next night in Louisville, Cena, with Kenny "The King" Bolin in his corner, returned to OVW and defeated Chris Kanyon.
- In his WWE PPV debut at Vengeance in Detroit, MI, Cena defeated the first ever Undisputed champion, Chris Jericho.
- On the July 25, 2002 edition of "Smackdown," Cena defeated Test.
- Two weeks later on "Smackdown," Cena teamed with Edge and Rey Mysterio Jr. to defeat Angle, Chris Benoit, and Eddy Guerrero.
- On October 27, 2002, Cena defeated Val Venis in Sheffield, England.
- On the January 16, 2003 edition of "Smackdown," Cena turned against tag team partner B squared (Bull Buchanan).
- Cena defeated Benoit on the April 17, 2003 episode of "Smackdown" to earn a WWE title shot at Backlash.
- At Judgment Day '03, Cena, Chuck Palumbo, and Johnny Stamboli defeated Brian "Spanky" Kendrick, Chris Benoit, and Rhyno.
- On July 17, 2003, Cena defeated Billy Gunn in Yokohama, Japan.
- At the 2003 Survivor Series, Team Angle (Angle, Benoit, Cena, Bradshaw and Hardcore Holly) defeated Team Lesnar (Lesnar, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones, Big Show, and A-Train).
- At Wrestlemania XX in New York, NY, Cena defeated the Big Show to capture the U.S. title.
- Cena successfully defended the U.S title against Rene Dupree at the 2004 Judgment Day PPV.
- At the 2004 Great American Bash, Cena defeated Dupree, Booker T, and Rob Van Dam in a four way elimination match to retain the U.S. title.
- On the July 8, 2004 edition of "Smackdown," General Manager Kurt Angle stripped Cena of the U.S. title.
- At Summerslam '04, Cena defeated Booker T in the first match in a best of five series for the U.S. title.
- Cena defeated Booker T at No Mercy 2004 in E. Rutherford, NJ in match 5 of a best of five series to regain the U.S. title.
- At Survivor Series '04, Team Guerrero (Cena, Rob Van Dam, Eddy Guerero, and the Big Show) defeated Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Mark Jindrak, Luther Reigns, and Carlito Caribbean Cool).
- At the November 16, 2004 "Smackdown" taping in Dayton, OH, Cena defeated Carlito Caribbean Cool to regain the U.S. title.
- At Armageddon '04, Cena successfully defended the U.S. title against Jesus in a "street fight" match.
- Cena defeated Kurt Angle at No Way Out '05 to earn a WWE title shot against JBL at Wrestlemania XXI.
- At Wrestlemania 21 in Los Angeles, CA, Cena defeated JBL to win the WWE title.
- At Judgment Day '05, Cena defeated JBL in an "I Quit" match to retain the WWE title.
- On the June 6, 2005 edition of "Raw," Cena was the first pick in the 2005 draft lottery by Eric Bischoff.
- At Vengeance '05, Cena defeated Christian and Chris Jericho to retain the WWE title.
- Cena defeated Y2J at Summerslam '05 to successfully defend the WWE title.
- At Taboo Tuesday '05, Cena defeated Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle to retain the spinning WWE title.
- Despite Daiviri been assigned as the special guest referee, Cena defeated Angle at the 2005 Survivor Series to successfully defend the WWE title.
- At New Year's Revolution '06, Cena won the elimination chamber match which also included Kurt Angle, Chris Masters, Shawn Michaels, Carlito, and Kane.
- Three weeks after losing the WWE title, Cena regained the gold at the 2006 Royal Rumble in Miami, FL by beating Edge.
- At Wrestlemania 22, Cena defeated Triple H to retain the WWE title.
- Cena defeated Triple H and Edge at the 2006 Backlash to remain WWE champion.
- Cena defeated Sabu in an "extreme lumberjack" match at Vengeance '06.
- At Unforgiven '06 in Toronto, Cena defeated Edge in a TLC match to regain the WWE championship.
- At Survivor Series '06, Team Cena (Cena, Kane, Bobby Lashley, Rob Van Dam and Sabu) defeated Team Big Show (Big Show, Test, Umaga, MVP and Finlay).
- Cena and Batista defeated Finlay and Booker T at Armageddon '06.
- At New Year's Revolution '07, Cena defeated Umaga to retain the WWE title.
- At the Royal Rumble '07, Cena defeated Umaga in a "last man standing match" to remain WWE champion.
- On the January 29, 2007 episode of "Raw" in Dallas, TX, Cena and Shawn Michaels defeated Rated RKO (Edge and Randy Orton) to capture the World Tag Team titles.
- At No Way Out '07, Cena and Michaels defeated The Undertaker and Batista.
- At Wrestlemania 23, Cena defeated Michaels to remain WWE champion.
- Cena defeated Michaels, Randy Orton, and Edge at Backlash '07 to retain the WWE title.
- Cena defeated The Great Khali at Judgment Day '07 to remain WWE champion.
- At One Night Stand '07, Cena defeated The Great Khali in a "falls count anywhere" match to retain the WWE title.
- Cena defeated Mick Foley, Randy Orton, King Booker and Bobby Lashley in a WWE championship challenge to retain the WWE title at Vengeance '07.
- At the 2007 Great American Bash, Cena defeated Lashley to remain WWE champion.
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