Wrestler, actor, TV host, and veterans’ advocate John Cena has a name that rings bells because of his resume. Known for his skills inside the wrestling ring, Cena is pumped for fans to see him square up against Bray Wyatt for WrestleMania 36.
As one of WWE’s most popular stars among fans of all ages, he’s often in the spotlight for his work outside of the ring. Here’s a peek at Cena’s background and his net worth.
Born in 1977 in Massachusetts, Cena is the 2nd born of five sons. He told Men’s Health that as a young child (around 12), he was bullied and pushed into lockers, and that motivated him to lift weights.
That was the start of his interest in bodybuilding, and he kept that up for years. In spite of his father’s experience as a wrestling announcer, Cena didn’t have an interest in that sport as a kid.
Though he’s known for his military vibe in WWE and is a huge supporter of veterans, Cena has never been a member of the armed forces. He told Task & Purpose that he considered joining the marines right before going into wrestling. Cena shared he was 22 and living in LA without a plan.
“Literally, the weekend I made the decision to do it, a friend came into Gold’s Gym, where I was working at the time. We had always talked about WWE. And he said, ‘You look big, you talk like you know what’s going on, did you ever want to try out to do this? I figured, yeah, I’ll give it a shot.”
Wrestling is John Cena’s Demand to fame
Cena made his start in the business with Ultimate Pro Wrestling in 2000 and used the name Prototype. Strongly Affected by his skills, WWE got him into their fold not quite long after, and his first WWE match was over Kurt Angle, as stated by The Bleacher Report. perhaps things really started to move in 2004 when Cena challenged the Big Show.
Over 12 months, he became one of the brand’s superstars, and has won countable championships under WWE. At a time, he used the platform to Present his rap career, but that was short-lived. He released one album, You Can’t See Me, in 2005.
Cena got so busy with an acting career, but he’s an author too
Cena’s acting credits include a series of dramas, action-thrillers, and comedies. He’s been in films such as The Wall, The Marine, Bumblebee, Trainwreck, Daddy’s Home 2, Fast & Furious 9, and Dolittle, per IMDb.
As someone who’s comfortable in front of a camera, Cena’s also had hosting gigs on American Grit, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and more.
But Cena is also a published children’s author. In 2018, he launched a series of kids’ books called Elbow Grease about a monster truck and his friends. A new installment was released in 2020.
Cena is one of the highest paid wrestlers in WWE
Between his wrestling career, film, television, books, and charity work, Cena found ways to grow his wealth through merchandising and endorsements too. You’ve probably seen his face promoting products for Gillette and Crocs.
He wasn’t part of the 2019 WWE roster, but in 2018, landed in the number two spot behind Brock Lesnar as one of the highest paid WWE stars by raking in $8 million.
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His earnings have increased since then. According to WrestlingNewsNow, Cena has an estimated net worth of $75 million.