John Cena is one of the biggest names in the WWE. Whether you like him or not, it’s the truth. He has held 15 major World Championships, has main evented WrestleMania five times and is still considered to be the face of the WWE.
Cena started off with the stage name “The Prototype.” When he moved to the WWE, he adopted the rapper gimmick that made him famous and paved the way for his fame. It became his on-screen persona. In later years, he became a bona fide WWE legend, loved by some, hated by others, but respected by most. His extensive working capabilities and his ability to stay in shape, even after so many years, made him a role model for his fans.
Outside the ring, John Cena is a force for good in this world. He is working actively for the Make-A-Wish foundation and has granted over 400 wishes to children in Arizona with life-threatening illnesses, making him the current record holder. Cena received the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award in 2009. He works an unbearable schedule and has been doing it for over a decade now. No wonder he is going to be remembered as one of the greats.
10 He's Wrestled in Over 1,000 Matches
John Cena has been the center of attention right from his early days in the WWE. It’s like he was crafted to be a superstar. Since his inception in the WWE, Cena has never missed an opportunity to amaze his fans. He has been a fan favorite from the time he first showed up in the ring, and even those who boo him do so knowing how good he is at what he does. Since his debut, John Cena has been in an incredible 1,027 matches (and still counting), with a winning percentage of around 76%. However, 2002 and 2003 were the only years during which Cena lost more matches than he won, winning 54 matches and losing 81.
9 He Has Outlasted Nearly Every Other Superstar
When we think about the WWE, there are a few superstars that come to mind before all others. The superstars that we want to see time after time. Back in the day, there was The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and Hulk Hogan: the superstars who ruled the ring and hearts of their fans. The Rock and Austin ruled the WWE center stage for four years each; Hulk Hogan gave the audience a six year high. However, all of them have been outstripped by John Cena. John Cena has been headlining the WWE for 10 years in a row, from 2005 until the present day. With Ric Flair’s record just a grab away, his reign is not going to end anytime soon.
8 He Has One Five Star Match Award
John Cena has undeniably been the face of the WWE since making it to the mainstream. He has defeated them all: punks, beasts, and animals. Critics, however, have had a watchful eye on the wrestling world. With hundreds of fights a year, the people awarding accolades never miss an opportunity to make or break a star. John Cena and CM Punk made it clear that they are worthy of the honor. The Money in the Bank match between CM Punk and John Cena in 2011 was awarded the Five Star Match Award. The rarity of this is evidenced by the fact that only five matches have ever been awarded this honor. Cena’s achievements are, no doubt, impressive.
7 His Losing Record vs Matt Hardy
History will always remember that Matt Hardy has a better record than John Cena. With an amazing 5 to 1 record against him and decent ring performances, it seemed that Matt Hardy would mature better than John. However, he never did.
John Cena has also competed against Jerry “The King” Lawler on three different occasions. Two of the contests were tag team matches and one was a Battle Royal on RAW. Amazingly, Lawler went on to defeat Cena on all three occasions.
Well that’s not all. It was the New Year’s Day 2007 edition of RAW when Kevin Federline, Britney Spears' ex-husband, walked out a winner against Cena after Umaga knocked Cena out. Federline took the opportunity, covering John Cena for the pin and winning the match. Spears then divorced Federline later that year. Is there any connection?
6 THE Most Popular WWE Superstar For The Last Decade
John Cena is amazingly popular among wrestling fans. Since his inception in the early 2000s, he has been the man at the forefront of the WWE franchise. Apart from many other awards, John has also received the Most Popular Wrestler of the Decade (2000–2009) award. He has been awarded the Most Improved Wrestler of the Year in 2003 and has been named Most Popular Wrestler of the Year for the years 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2012 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. His popularity is also evident from the fact that he was the Wrestler of the Year in 2006 and in 2007. John Cena was also ranked by Pro Wrestling Illustrated #1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2006, 2007, and 2013.
5 One Title Away From Ric Flair's Record
John Cena has been the flag bearer of the company for the past decade. He has main evented five WrestleManias and is by far the biggest merchandise seller in the history of the WWE. The very popular John Cena is just one title behind Ric Flair’s record of being a 16 time champion.
Cena has been a twelve time WWE (World Heavyweight) Champion and a three time World Heavyweight Champion. He is the four time and the reigning WWE United States Champion. He has won the World Tag Team Championship two times (once with Batista and once with Shawn Michaels). He has also clutched the WWE Tag Team Championship twice (with The Miz and David Otunga). Cena was the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match in 2012 and has won the Royal Rumble in 2008 and 2013. Cena has also been the Superstar of the Year in 2009, 2010, and 2012.
4 He Owns 18 Sports Cars
John Cena loves American Muscle cars. The WWE wrestler and actor has an awesome muscle car collection, which includes some one of a kind cars. He drives a 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360, and since AMC is no longer in production, this makes it even more exotic and rare. The first car that Cena bought was a 1984 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Even though his wrestling career keeps him busy all the time, he still makes time for his cars. Here is a list of the cars that he owns:
- 1966 Dodge Hemi Charger
- 1969 AMC AMX
- 1969 COPO Chevrolet Camaro
- 1969 Dodge Daytona
- 1970 AMC Rebel Machine
- 1970 Buick GSX
- 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
- 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Rallye 350
- 1970 Plymouth Superbird
- 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
- 1971 Ford Torino GT
- 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge
- 1971 Plymouth Road Runner
- 2006 Dodge Viper
- 2006 Ford GT
- 2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8
- 2007 Ford Mustang Saleen Parnelli Jones Limited Edition
- 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
3 Two Marriages and One Divorce
John Cena tied the knot with his high school love Elizabeth Huberdeau on July 11, 2009. However, Elizabeth accused John of cheating on her and having an extra marital affair. A year before the marriage Cena was involved with Mickey James in a romantic relationship that came to an end after Mickey moved from RAW to SmackDown. However, Cena and Elizabeth filed for divorce in 2012.
A year after his divorce, John became involved with WWE diva Nikki Bella. Maria Kanellis has blamed Nikki for her not getting a job with WWE. The word is that Cena has used his political power in the company to push the Bella twins up the roster. But there is nothing wrong with that, we suppose. Wouldn’t Maria want her man to be man enough to help her get ahead?
2 His Home is Valued at $750,000
John Cena has bought property and built houses all over the world. His current residence is located in the gated community of Nature's Reserve in Land O' Lakes, Florida. It is valued at roughly $750,000. The house comes with a swimming pool and a boat dock. It has impeccable interior decoration and architecture. John has very fine taste in home and interior decoration. The house has a multilevel hi-tech gym and is filled with every other modern facility. John Cena is reported to have 70-day streaks of not seeing his home. However, whenever he returns, he has his car collection parked at his house where he enjoys his time off from wrestling.
1 Net Worth: $35 million
John Cena is not only a wrestler, but he is also a rapper and an actor who is worth $35 million. From the start of his career, John Cena has been a 15-time champion and he is the 7th longest-reigning WWE Champion in history. He has his own rap album You Can't See Me, released in 2005. The album reached #15 on the Billboard charts. As for Cena's acting career, he has appeared in many films, including 12 Rounds, Legendary, and The Marine. The wrestling superstar earns $2.75 million a year plus 7% on merchandise sales and PPV revenue share, boosting his earnings a lot more.