John Felix Anthony Cena is an American actor, hip hop musician, and wrestler. He is employed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and performs on their Raw brand, where he is the current World Heavyweight Champion.
In his WWE career, Cena has been a 4-time World Champion by winning the WWE Championship 3 times and the World Heavyweight Championship once.He has also been a three time United States Champion,and a two time World Tag Team Champion.He also won the 2008 Royal Rumble.Before being promoted to the main WWE roster, Cena trained in and wrestled for Ultimate Pro Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, holding the top titles of both promotions.
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 movie The Marine.He has also made appearances on television shows including Manhunt, Deal or No Deal,MADtv, and Punk'd. Most recently, Cena was 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.
Cena was born April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts,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 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 as a bodybuilder, and also worked as a chauffeur for a limousine company.
Cena first started training to become a wrestler in 2000 at the California-based "Ultimate University" operated by Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW). 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 Heavyweight Championship for just shy of a month in April 2000.In 2001, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) signed him away from UPW, placing him under a developmental contract and assigning him to their "farm territory" Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he continued his training.During his time there, Cena wrestled as both The Prototype and Mr. P, and he held the Heavyweight Championship for three months and the Tag Team Championship (with Rico Constantino) for two.