Cena is born the second eldest of five brothers in West Newbury, Mass. Cena develops an early interest in bodybuilding and football, going on to pursue both in high school and at Springfield College.
Cena decides to pursue professional wrestling as a career. He enrolls in Ultimate University, a wrestling school run by Ultimate Pro Wrestling. He trains under the tutelage of Rick Bassman.
Cena defeats Jericho at WWE Vengeance. This is Cena’s first pay-per-view match.
Wrestlemania 20 is held at Madison Square Garden in New York. The event is the 20th anniversary of Wrestlemania. It features John Cena vs Big Show, Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar, Victoria vs Molly Holly, Eddie Guerrero vs Kurt Angle, The Undertaker vs Kane and Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels.
Cena defeats Big Show at Wrestlemania XX to capture the United States championship. This is Cena’s first title in WWE.
Cena defeats Carlito on WWE Smackdown to reclaim the United States championship.
Wrestlemania 21 is held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The event features a 30 man battle royal, Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero, The Undertaker vs Randy Orton, Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels, John Cena vs JBL and Batista vs Triple H.
Cena defeats JBL at Wrestlemania 21 to become WWE champion for the first time.
Jericho loses “You’re Fired” match to John Cena on Monday Night RAW. Jericho is carried out of the building by security.
Cena defeats Edge at WWE Royal Rumble to recapture the WWE championship.
Wrestlemania 22 is held at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. The event features Edge vs Mick Foley, Trish Stratus vs Mickie James, The Undertaker vs Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle vs Randy Orton and John Cena vs Triple H
Cena defeats Edge in tables, ladders and chairs match at WWE Unforgiven for the WWE championship.
Cena and Michaels defeat WWE tag team champions Edge and Randy Orton to win the titles.
Wrestlemania 23 is held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The event features The Undertaker vs Batista, Chris Benoit vs MVP, Great Khali vs Kane, Bobby Lashley with Donald Trump vs Umaga with Vince McMahon in which the losing billionaire has their head shaved and John Cena vs Shawn Michaels.
Wrestlemania 25 is held the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The event is the 25th anniversary of the pay-per-view. The show features Matt Hardy vs Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho vs WWE Legends Team, Rey Mysterio vs JBL, The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels, John Cena vs Edge vs Big Show and Triple H vs Randy Orton. Mickey Rourke appears and punches Chris Jericho.
Wrestlemania 26 is held at The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The event features Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes vs Ted DiBiase, Triple H vs Sheamus, Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk, Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon, Chris Jericho vs Edge, John Cena vs Batista and The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels in a retirement match.
Cena talks to WWE.com about WWE Superstars as the latest installment to WWE’s video game franchise.
To me, it was like the games I grew up really liking. I don’t want to say it’s a throwback, because the game is technologically as good as any other game. But it’s got the gameplay and the over-the-top moves that I like. It’s very pick-up-and-go.
Rock and Cena defeat Miz and Truth in two-on-two competition in the special main event of WWE Survivor Series. Rock picks up the pinfall victory over Miz at twenty-one minutes and thirty-five seconds.
Johnson defeats Cena in singles competition at Wrestlemania 28. The match is billed as “Once in a Lifetime”. Johnson picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a Rock Bottom at thirty minutes and thirty-five seconds.
Wrestlemania 28 is held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The event features Kane vs Randy Orton, Big Show vs Cody Rhodes, The Undertaker vs Triple H, CM Punk vs Chris Jericho and The Rock vs John Cena.
Cena files for divorce from Huberdeau, his wife of three years, in Tampa. Cena sites that the marriage is “irretrevably broken”. The pair met in high school.
Cena talks to WWE.com about having spent a decade in WWE to celebrate ten years with the company.
To be honest … being able to say that I make a living doing this has been the greatest experience in these 10 years. It’s pretty spectacular.
USA Network airs the 1,000th episode of WWE Monday Night RAW live. The special features appearances By The Rock, D-Generation-X and Brock Lesnar as well as Christian vs Miz, Lita vs Slater and Punk vs Cena for the WWE championship.
Punk and Cena fight to a no contest when Big Show enters the ring and attacks Cena causing a disqualification victory. Due to the circumstances of the loss, Punk still retains the championship. The match ends at eleven minutes and fifteen seconds.
Punk retains the WWE Championship at Summerslam by defeating Cena and Big Show in triple threat action. The match ends and is restarted due to Big Show submitting when both men had him on a hold. Punk ultimately picks up the pinfall victory over Show at fourteen minutes and twenty-five seconds.
Punk retains the WWE Championship by fighting Cena to a draw at Night of Champions. Both men’s shoulders are on the ground as the referee counts the pin, thus ending the bout in a double pinfall at twenty-six minutes and fifty-five seconds.
Punk retains the WWE Championship by defeating Cena and Ryback in triple threat competition at Survivor Series. Punk picks up the pinfall victory over Cena at seventeen minutes and fifty-eight seconds.
Cena talks to Associated Press about The Rock and people complaining about his part time schedule.
When he gets a small opportunity, he kicks the damn door down and owns the horse. Often times here, we have Superstars that remind me of a hamster on the treadmill and those are the guys that usually complain. I don’t take too kindly to them. I’m fortunate Rock’s here and I’m glad he’s here. He can show up whenever he wants.
Cena obtains the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29 by defeating The Rock in singles competition. Cena picks up the pinfall victory after delivering and Attitude Adjustment at twenty-four minutes.
Wrestlemania 29 is held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutheford, New Jersey. The event features The Miz vs Wade Barrett, Mark Henry vs Ryback, Fandango vs Chris Jericho, The Undertaker vs CM Punk, Triple H vs Brock Lesnar and John Cena vs The Rock.
Cena and Ryback fight to a no contest in a Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules. Both men are helped out of the arena by EMTs and trainers after the pair fall through a piece of the stage. Cena retains the WWE Championship due to the draw ending.
Cena retains the WWE Championship by defeating Ryback in a three stages of hell match, scoring two out of three victories in the bout. Cena picks up the final victory at twenty-four minutes and thirty seconds by putting Ryback in an ambulance.
Cena defeats Del Rio in a special WWE Champion vs World Heavyweight Champion match on Monday Night RAW. Cena picks up the pinfall victory over Del Rio after a distraction by Ziggler at fifteen minutes and fifty seconds.
Cena retains the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank by defeating Henry in singles competition. Cena picks up the submission victory over Henry at fourteen minutes and forty-two seconds.
Cena talks to The Miami Herald about his personal relationship airing on television.
I really wanted the show to be a success. I truly love Nicole, and I believe in her. It was a conscience decision for me to do it. I think our viewers will enjoy the second half of the first season that’s coming back in mid-November on the E! network. As the show grows, it gets better and more interesting to watch, and I think fans will enjoy it this time around
Cena obtains the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Del Rio in a Hell in a Cell match. Cena picks up the pinfall victory inside the cage for the victory at fifteen minutes and twenty seconds.
Cena defeats Del Rio in singles competition at Survivor Series to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Cena picks up the pinfall victory at eighteen minutes and fifty seconds.
Cena talks to FOX Business about retirement and his Kmart clothing brand.
Kmart picked up on this concept. And, from a branding standpoint, I just didn’t outright leverage myself; I wanted a piece and equity in the brand. So, there was upfront money, plus equity in the brand.
Orton defeats Cena in a tables, ladders and chairs match at TLC to unify the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship. Orton climbs the ladder to obtain both championship belts at twenty-four minutes and thirty-five seconds to become the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Cena speaks to Zap2It about Daniel Bryan’s popularity and CM Punk.
Predicting the next WWE Superstar is like predicting the crooked stock market at the turn of the 19th century. You just can’t. That’s what’s beautiful about the WWE audience, that’s why I love it so much. It changes everyday, every arena, every city. I don’t know who will be next but I will keep trying to put people front and center so the WWE Universe gets a good look at people.
Wrestlemania 30 is held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event is hosted by Hulk Hogan and features Danial Bryan vs Triple H, John Cena vs Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker (ending Undertaker’s 21 year undefeated streak), AJ Lee vs Naomi and Daniel Bryan vs Batista vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Cena speaks to Philly.com on his future in WWE and The Rock.
A lot’s happened. Physically, I’m just getting started. There’s plenty left to do. Every day is another opportunity. So it’s been a long and great ride.
Cena obtains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in an eight man ladder match at WWE Money in the Bank. Cena grabs the title hanging above the ring for the victory at twenty-six minutes and thirty-five seconds.
Cena retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Battleground by defeating Reigns, Orton and Kane in fatal four-way action. Cena pins Kane at eighteen minutes and forty-five seconds for the victory.
Cena and Orton are featured in first screenshot from WWE 2k15 gameplay. The shot shows Cena having a stare down with Orton in the ring.
WWE releases statement about the upcoming season of Total Divas which premieres September 7th at 9 a.m. on E!
In the season two finale, Brie Bella and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan had just tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends, family and many of the gorgeous girls. While most of the Divas were living large, Nikki was patching up her relationship with WWE Superstar John Cena as he had discovered her long kept secret —unbeknownst to anyone but her twin sister she had been married before. Now, the Divas are back with an even more prominent position in WWE as each woman has become a serious contender for the WWE Divas championship title.
Lesnar defeats Cena at Summerslam to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Orton enters the Summerslam arena just after Bryan wins the WWE Championship from Cena to cash in his Money in the Bank title match contract. Triple H delivers a pedigree to Bryan allowing Orton to pin him and obtain the championship.
WWE announces on Main Event that Cena and Lesnar will have a rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight championship at Night of Champions.
Cena talks to The Miami Herald about his potential match with Hulk Hogan and young talent in WWE.
I do what I love, so when you wake up everyday, it’s not a job… A dream opponent for me would be Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and Sting. I’m not sure if I could ever get in the ring with any of them, but you have heard Hogan say in the past, if he had one last match, he would want it to be against me. I say as a Hulk-a-Maniac growing up that would be the biggest honor I’ve ever received.