John Cena

John Cena

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John Cena (full name John Felix Anthony Cena) is an American professional wrestler, rapper and actor signed since 2002 to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.[3] Since then he has become one of the company's most popular wrestlers and the modern face of the company. Cena has won the second-highest number of WWE World Championships of all time.

Online History

Rap Videos

In 2005, Cena released his debut rap album titled "You Can't See Me"[7] after his debut catchphrase. The album contained the single "My Time Is Now" which has become his current entrance song and a popular meme on sites like Vine and Youtube in the form of Unexpected John Cena. The song, which was uploaded to Youtube on May 20, 2007, has received 3.7 million views (shown below, left) as of September 2015. On January 5th, 2007 a video titled "JOHN CENA RAP BATTLES A FAN" features a fan challenging Cena to a freestyle rap battle. As of September 2015, the video has gathered 3.1 million views (shown below, right). Cena is also known for challenging his in-ring opponents to rap battles.

Mo Deen Video

On July 2nd, 2019, a YouTuber named Mo Deen with 1,800 subscribers uploaded a video of himself filming John Cena without his permission (shown below, left). The video gained over 1119,500 views, 200 likes and 5,900 dislikes in two days. That same day Mo Deen uploaded the second video of himself continuing to film John Cena while Cena asks him to treat him with respect (shown below, right). The video garnered over 40,800 views and 2,700 dislikes in two days.

On July 3rd, 2019, John Cena[15] tweeted, "Respect is reciprocal. You get what you give" (shown below). The tweet gained over 6,200 retweets and 23,100 likes in a day. The tweet was taken as a response to Mo Deen's video.

John Cena @JohnCena Respect is reciprocal. You get what you give. 12:10 AM 3 Jul 2019

That same day, Mo Deen uploaded another video in which he offers to wrestle John Cena, explains that he's a good guy and attempts to explain that he wanted to warn Cena about Saudi bombs in Yemen (shown below). The video gained 23,400 views, 100 likes and 2,800 dislikes in a day.

Cena Wins Lol

Cena Wins Lol is a phrase referencing the predictability of Cena's matches, which mostly result in his victory.


Unexpected John Cena / And His Name is John Cena

Unexpected John Cena (also known as “And His Name is John Cena” and “It’s John Cena”) refers to a video clip that loudly introduces Cena as his intro music plays. Initially, the short clip was often edited onto the end of a video or Vine either to produce a jumpscare or humorous effect, but has expanded so inserting the song anywhere is now referred to as an Unexpected John Cena.


Cena is a polarizing figure within the professional wrestling franchise. He is known for being a superhero and a good role model for kids, which means he doesn't generally swear, cheat or otherwise be excessively violent in public. This makes him popular amongst children, but the behavior is divisive among adult wrestling fans who prefer the more violent and mature "Attitude Era" of WWE.[1] He is also unpopular for his near-invincibility, winning almost every major match, even when his win is improbable or illogical.[2]

Despite this, Cena continues to be amongst the most lucrative, popular, and beloved wrestlers within the franchise.

Personal Life

Cena is currently engaged to Nikki Bella,[5] a female wrestler also employed with WWE.[4] He is a fan of Anime, and his favorite anime movie is Fist of the North Star. He also has fulfilled over 500 wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the most by any celebrity in the history of the foundation.[6]

Wrestlemania Proposal

At Wrestlemania 33, after he and Bella defeated The Miz and Maryse in a mixed-tag match, Cena was handed a microphone and proceeded to propose to Bella in the ring. The moment was compiled in Twitter Moments[8] that evening.

Popular weatherman Al Roker was the guest announcer for the match. The following day, Cena and Bella appeared on The Today Show to talk about their engagement.

Nikki Bella Breakup

On April 15th 2018, Us Weekly[9] reported that Cena and Nikki Bella had mutually agreed to break up, ending their much-publicized engagement. That day, Bella tweeted a statement confirming the split (shown below).

Nikki & Brie @BellaTwins Follow We love you all N "After much contemplation and 6 years of being together Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple. "While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives."

People Magazine[10] reported that a source told them in the run-up to a planned May 5th wedding, Cena got "cold feet," and felt as though he could not go through with the marriage. After the breakup, Cena posted some sad images on his Instagram page (shown below).

We were together. I forget the rest. -Walt Whitman WORST DAY EVER! 0

It was later rumored that Cena had been hooking up with fellow wrestler Carmella, but that was never confirmed.[11] On May 12th, 2018, an image circulated online of John Cena with a patchy beard (shown below), which some fans took to mean he had ceased his intense grooming routine as a result of the breakup.[12]

On May 14th, Cena appeared on The Today Show where he addressed the breakup. Cena told Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb he "had his heart broken out of nowhere" and said:

"I've looked at myself every day, and I've tried to evaluate myself every day, and the woman I love. For anyone out there speculating on what I'm doing with my life now: I still love Nicole. I would still love to marry Nicole. I still would love to have a family with Nicole."

Two days later, Bella appeared on The Today Show where she stated she had hope her and Cena could work things out:

I do have hope for our future, but I know right now I need to work on me. Before I do say those vows and walk down that aisle, I just don’t want to be hesitant. I don’t want to be regretful. I definitely have hope. I really do.”

This led to intense speculation that the entire breakup had been a "work," or a fabricated publicity stunt, designed to generate attention for the May 20th, 2018 premiere of Total Bellas a reality show starring Bella, Cena, wrestler Daniel Bryan and his wife Brie Bella, Nikki Bella's sister.[13] Cageside Seats[14] wrote that if that is the case, the "work" is very easy to see through.

Okay, look. Most people will be more surprised at this point if it turns out this isn’t an angle being done to promote the Bellas’ E! reality show franchises. And you can feel about that however you feel about that.
But if it is what we think it is… let’s look at it as kayfabe. It’s being handled with less subtlety than Alexa Bliss forgetting there are cameras on her while she body-shames Nia Jax. And even if the story felt real, Nikki isn’t a good enough actress to pull this off.

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