John Cena made his WWE main roster debut in the spring of 2002 and it took him three years to become the undisputed symbol of the company. Although he has not always received the approval of fans, the 16-time world champion has contributed like very few others to the spread of wrestling outside the US borders.
The Bostonian perfected his art in Ohio Valley Wrestling for about two years before making his federation debut with Vince McMahon in a single match against Kurt Angle. Despite the defeat, his debut was unanimously recognized as one of the most thrilling in WWE history.
Cena won his first title by beating JBL at WrestleMania 21, in what was only the beginning of a very long epic. As he ages, John has significantly reduced his appearances in the ring, also due to his growing success in Hollywood.
In an interview that appeared on the 'Sun' in recent days, the 'F9' star admitted having had a difficult time early in his career.
John Cena recalls the beginnings of his wrestling career
"I slept in my car for quite some time.
It was a very spacious 1991 Lincoln Town Car, I had my clothes in the trunk and I slept in the back seat. My dad told me I'd be back with my tail between my legs in two weeks. He was pretty sure, but I was confident in my qualities and I never stopped believing in them.
I had no intention of returning home in tears" - said John Cena, whose last match dates back to WrestleMania 36. John also focused on his cinematographic journey:" When I made my film debut in the early 2000s, I did it for the wrong reasons.
The goal was to make WWE more popular, but there was no real desire to act. Every single minute I was on set, I kept thinking about my next wrestling match. Everything is different now." The leader of the Cenation is no longer a staple for WWE.
There was a time when fans were accustomed to watching John Cena open Monday Night RAW with a passionate twenty-minute promo and close out the evening in the main event. However, Cena's days as a full-time performer are long gone.
The Champ is on the verge of becoming as big of a star as Dwayne Johnson. After all, the two men did take the same route to success. Even though Cena is a meticulous, dedicated man, it is borderline impossible for him to fulfill his responsibilities as a celebrity and also as a wrestler.