Maybe no WWE Superstar can relate to the fans quite like SmackDown!'s John Cena. After
all, before Cena became a household name in sports-entertainment, before he became an accomplished rapper and before he grabbed
the leading role in a major motion picture, he was a WWE fan.
Cena came to live events, created home made signs and even collected WWE action figures. All in hope of
one day performing in the ring himself. And Cena's dream came through in resounding fashion at WrestleMania
21 when he defeated JBL for the WWE Championship. In the Staples Center, the same arena where he watched so many matches as
a fan, Cena won the WWE Championship.
A former football star at Springfield College, Cena was addicted to training and music growing up. After
a successful bodybuilding career, he began his wrestling journey not long after he left college. The rest is history.
Now, his superior physique and impressive mic skills make him one of the top young Superstars on SmackDown!
But Cena can do more than look good and drop a smooth rhyme. He's also an accomplished WWE competitor,
despite making his debut less than three years ago.
Cena is a multi-time United States Champion. He began his first reign in amazing fashion by defeating Big
Show at WrestleMania XX. In June of 2002, Cena had one of the more memorable debuts in SmackDown! history.
After Kurt Angle challenged anyone backstage to a match, Cena, a young wrestler looking for a big break, made his way to the
ring. Angle would win that match, but Cena took him to the brink, impressing everyone in attendance that
night, including the entire SmackDown! roster. In his relatively short time with WWE, Cena has already built up quite a resume.
By April of 2003, Cena was already in his first pay-per-view main event, battling Brock Lesnar for the WWE
Championship at Backlash. He defended his United States Championship in a thrilling best-of-five series
with Booker T in the fall of 2004. In the 2005 Royal Rumble, Cena was the last Superstar to be eliminated, as RAW's Batista
went on to emerge victorious.
Most recently, at No Way Out, Cena defeated Angle in the final of the No. 1 Contender's Tournament, landing
Cena a spot opposite JBL for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 21.
Through all of his success, Cena has never forgotten his roots, which began in the bleachers watching the
likes of Hollywood Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart.
He refers to his fans as members of his "Chaingang." Together, he figures, they can't lose. And so far,
the combination of their support and his talent, have made John Cena one of the top Superstars around.