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John Cena


Real Name - John Felix Anthony Cena
Birthdate4/23/77
6' 250 lbs. - West Newbury, MA

Athletic Background - Football (Springfield College), Bodybuilding, Wrestling

Teacher(s) - Tom Howard (Ultimate University); Danny Davis, Jim Cornette (OVW)

Professional Background - UPW(`00-`01), OVW(`01-`02), WWE(`02-)

AliasesThe Prototype, Mr. P

Groups - Bolin Services, Nexus

Peak Years - `03-`08


Finisher(s) - 
- AA / Attitude Adjustment / FU (Death Valley Driver Slam)
- STFU (Stepover Toehold Facelock)
- Killswitch / Protobomb (Blue Thunder Slam)

Favorites -
- Throwback (Jumping Neckbreaker)
- Sitting Hip Toss
- Suplex
- Five Knuckle Shuffle (Fistdrop)
- Lariat


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power10 
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat10 
 Legacy


Place in History - The legacy of John Cena is one that will be hotly debated for decades to come similar to that of Hulk Hogan’s a generation ago.  He is, without question, the face of the WWE and has been since around 2005.  That also means that John Cena is the face of a company that while very successful financially is not held in high regard by everyone.  The WWE shifted away from being an edgy and violent product to being a “PG” one with Cena as their flag-bearer.  John Cena himself has been inseparably tied to this change as his once gritty freestyle rap promos have been replaced by innocuous and silly overly scripted ones.  As a result of his central role in this shift, he has been vilified by those fans that disdain the WWE’s softened and often uninspired approach to pro-wrestling.  Although the vitriol toward him and the brand are loud, John Cena’s star power and drawing power are undeniable.  He is a genuine Hall of Famer.  Conversely, his in-ring ability has its limitations.  He can look like a competent wrestler with exceptional charisma and presence or he can look like a clumsy musclehead.  Cena has been able to overcome most of his shortcomings through unprecedented hard work and dedication.  He does a lot of charity work and PR for the company, while maintaining an incredible physique and energy level.  Although a polarizing character, John Cena is definitely the biggest pro-wrestling star that has come up since the business changed dramatically in 2001.
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