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On This Date in WWE History: John Cena is born

Perhaps the biggest star in the pro wrestling industry was born on this date in WWE history as John Cena came into the world on April 23, 1977.


Rise above wombs.

Indeed, on this date in WWE history, the one and only John Cena was born John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. on April 23, 1977, in West Newbury, Massachusetts, to parents Carol and John Cena Sr.

Cena was a bodybuilder (big surprise, huh?) who went to wrestling school and was molded into something passable before going to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) to learn his craft. In 2002 he was called up to the main roster and debuted during the "Ruthless Aggression" push by Vince McMahon and he's since become the biggest star in the industry today.

I'll let Wikipedia run down his list of accomplishments:

In WWE, Cena has won 20 championships in total. He is also a 13 time World Champion, (having won the WWE Championship a record 11 times[9] and the World Heavyweight Championship twice), a company record shared with Triple H. In addition, Cena has also won the WWE United States Championship three times,[10] and is a four-time Tag Team Champion, having held the World Tag Team Championship twice (once each with Shawn Michaels and Batista),[11] and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice (once each with David Otunga and The Miz). Cena also won the Royal Rumble match twice (2008 and 2013), the 2012 Money in the Bank contract for the WWE Title, and is a three-time Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner (2009, 2010, and 2012).[12] He has the fourth highest number of combined days as WWE Champion behind Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino. He is the 7th longest-reigning WWE Champion in history. He is also the only man to fail to capture a world championship upon cashing in a Money in the Bank contract.

He's kind of a big deal, y'all.

Of course, because of his great success and rise to the top of the WWE mountain, he's faced a great deal of fan backlash throughout the years. In his earlier days, he adopted a Vanilla Ice white rapper gimmick who was edgy and spit hot fire on the mic. He got over that way, too, but eventually grew out of it into someone else entirely, someone far less edgy and far more kid friendly. Now, he's almost exclusively sold to children.

Older fans also despise him because of how he's treated by the bookers within WWE. In short, he's basically been untouchable throughout the past six years or so. Or at least it's felt that way. And there's no end in sight. But that's okay because he helps keep the business going during a down period where it feels like a mostly stale product that may never climb out of the hole it's in. Some would argue Cena is partially responsible for that hole and they may be right. But he's the big dog in the yard and ain't no one kicking him out of it.

Here are the highlights from his WrestleMania 29 match with The Rock:

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