Cena's intensity and authenticity has made him a household name in sports entertainment and WWE's most popular SuperStar in fan appeal and product sales. Since his debut in June of 2002, John has become the 2-time undefeated United States Champion at WrestleMania. His branded product sales exceeded $12 million in 2004. He can currently be seen on television weekly in over 100 countries as well as 200 live performances annually on five continents. More teens watch John Cena each week than an average regular-season NFL, NBA or MLB game.
Growing up in the rural community of West Newbury, Massachusetts, Cena was an easy target with his baggy pants and Kid 'N Play high-top fade haircut. Inspired by hip-hop music's messages of rebellion and self-reliance, Cena stood his ground, stayed true to his love of hip-hop and hit the gym.
Prior to becoming a WWE champion, Cena was an All-American football player at Springfield College and a successful bodybuilder. A dedicated WWE fan, Cena watched from the bleachers as his heroes, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, competed. He left college to join a wrestling school and quickly began working as an Ultimate Pro Wrestler.
Cena began freestyling taunts against his opponents after the WWE creative team overheard him rhyming. "They asked me if I wanted to do it on the air, and I said, 'Of course.' After that, I started rapping every week and eventually created my own intro music."
In May 2005, Columbia Records released Cena's debut album, You Can't See Me. Featuring 17 original hip-hop tracks, it debuted at No. 15 on Billboard Top 200 Chart with over 40,000 albums sold the first week. It was No. 3 on Billboard Rap Chart behind 50 Cent and Mike Jones, and No. 5 on Billboard R&B Chart. Paying tribute to the classic two-man rhyming crews of the past, Cena and Tha Trademarc (Marc Predka) nimbly trade verses throughout the album. Cena's reverence for, and knowledge of, hip-hop techniques and culture impressed respected rap legend Freddie Foxx (aka Bumpy Knuckles), who is also featured on the album.
Recently, Cena guest starred on numerous television shows, and he is quickly becoming a favorite of producers on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Best Damn Sports Show Period. In addition, he has been seen on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mad TV, CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN Headline News, The Insider and Good Day New York. He performed in a sketch on Mad TV.
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|Birth Name||John Felix Anthony Cena|
|Birthday||April 23, 1977 (44)|
|Birthplace||West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA|
|Height||6' 1" (1m85) How tall is John Cena compared to you?|
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