John Cena is arguably one of the most iconic superstars of all time. In addition to having racked up countless awards, the 16-time world champion was credited with transcending wrestling. During his long and glorious career, the Boston champion has held the United States Championship five times, the World Tag Team Championship twice, and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice.
He also won two editions of the Royal Rumble match, three editions of the Elimination Chamber match and the 2012 edition of Money in the Bank. In recent years, the leader of the 'Cenation' has gradually stepped away from the ring to focus on his film career.
Following in the footsteps of The Rock, John quickly became one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. His last appearance in WWE dates back to SummerSlam 2021, where he was defeated by Roman Reigns at the end of a no holds barred battle.
A guest in the latest edition of 'Sunday Dhamaal', WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi talked about how one of Cena's most famous gimmicks was born.
Rikishi opens up on John Cena
“The WWE Universe has always loved John Cena as a rapper.
How was that gimmick born? One day we took him backstage, to the area where they create the clothes to wear in front of the TV. We opened the wardrobe, took a look at the wardrobe and found a basketball tank top. Then we opened a drawer and inside there was a chain.
Nearby we also found a padlock, while the jeans were already on. We knew immediately that it was the ideal look for him. The rest is history” - recalled Rikishi. Recently, Theory revealed that he has always been a huge fan of Cena: “John is one of the reasons that prompted me to join WWE.
I was not crazy about sports entertainment before admiring Cena's exploits. He motivated me to pursue this career and I am happy with the results I have achieved so far." However, it remains to be seen if Cena will make a return to the wrestling ring as an active competitor as well.
He was last seen in the ring when he faced Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at last year's SummerSlam. John Cena last wrestled at SummerSlam 2021, where he fell short in a Universal Championship match against Roman Reigns. Recent developments hint at Cena possibly being in line for a massive bout at SummerSlam against a top superstar.