Five Things You Didn’t Know about John Cena

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John Cena is a wrestling superstar, bodybuilder, rapper and actor with an estimated net worth of about $35 million. Cena has been described as the “face of the WWE” for a long time. He is currently the WWE World Heavyweight Champion in his twelfth reign. Cena’s popularity in the WWE is a product of over 15-years of hustling in the wrestling industry. He started in 1999 with Ultimate Pro Wrestling and just two years later he signed a contract with the WWE. To date, Cena has had 22 championship reigns and is a 15-time world champion.

There’s no questioning Cena’s popularity amongst WWE fans despite being a rather polarizing figure. Because of that, Cena is also very well-paid by the revenue generating machine. Cena’s salary starts at $3 million and includes many other perks that add to that number. Outside of wrestling, Cena has had success as a rapper and actor. He was featured in the films The Marine, 12 Rounds and Legendary. He’s built a nice career and net worth for himself at the age of 37 years.

Those are the basics about Cena and here are a few things you may not know…

College Football

It doesn’t surprise me one bit that John Cena was a college football player. He went to Springfield College in Massachusetts, which is a Division III program. Now D-III isn’t the big leagues, but it’s still college football. What’s surprising about the fact is that Cena was a center. He wasn’t a linebacker or defensive end, he was an All-American center wearing number 54. That number can still be seen on some of his merchandise.

Make-A-Wish Star

Say what you want about Cena, but there’s no denying the fact he’s a good guy. To date Cena has granted over 400 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His work has been mainly in Arizona where he’s been a wish fulfilled for children with life-threatening illnesses. The 400 wishes is a current record. In 2009, Cena received the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award.

Rap Career

Most people know that John Cena released a rap album in 2005 entitled You Can’t See Me. His entrance song ‘The Time is Now’ is on his album. He recorded the album with cousin Tha Trademarc. The album debuted at #15 on the Billboard charts. Not bad!

Devastating Divorce

While promoting his 2009 film The Rounds Cena announced his engagement to girlfriend Elizabeth Huberdeau. The couple was married on July 11, 2009 and divorced on May 1, 2012. Cena spoke publicly about the divorce and how difficult the situation had been on him. Many reports indicate that his divorce almost derailed his wrestling career. He’s since rebounded and has been dating WWE Diva Nikki Bella for two years.

Japanese Anime

Cena is a big fan of Japanese Anime. His favorite anime movie is Fist of the North Star. He’s also appeared on wall posters for the anime series Kokoro Connect. Japanese anime is one of Cena’s favorite hobbies. For the record, he also collects muscle cars and has over 20 of them currently, some of which are one-of-a-kind.

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