The Rise Of John Cena

John Cena has become an integral part of pop culture. Perhaps you remember him from his early WWE days but now you can’t turn on your TV without seeing his face. How exactly did he get here?

John Cena wasn’t the first wrestler to turn to acting: before him we’ve seen legends such as Hulk Hogan and – of course – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It seems like starring in films is the obvious next step for a lot of professional wrestlers. After all, wrestling is ultimately a performance on a very grand scale and if you’re able to do that with a greatly reduced risk of serious injury, then you would.

However, whilst the majority of wrestlers try to work their way into the world of acting, few are successful – just watch 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded with Randy Orton (or don’t, if you’d rather not waste 94 minutes of your life). To be fair, most wrestlers are cast as huge muscle-men with very little personality or character which is why cases like John Cena are so rare.

Sure, Cena’s early films weren’t exactly blockbuster hits: The Marine and 12 Rounds were typical of what we’ve come to expect of movies led by wrestlers. These sorts of films are made by WWE Studios for wrestling fans that just want to see their heroes do even more things in situations not possible within the world of wrestling.

The stand-out thing about John Cena is how well he does within comedies. I can quite honestly say that his appearance was the best thing in all three of the Fred movies. Last year he starred in three of the 20 most popular comedy movies and did great work in all of them.

The man has reached meme status which is the height of internet fame. There’s something about him that people just like: yes, he could probably break you in two without trying very hard but it feels like he could also be your friend. His work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation has meant that he has granted more than 500 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Do I have a point with all of this? Not really. John Cena was recently cast in the sequel to Surf’s Up and I wanted to talk about the man.

What do you think of John Cena? Is he actually a good actor? Are you tired of seeing him in the media? Let me know in the comments.


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