In news that both continues to pave the way for John Cena's post-wrestling career and strengthens the partnership between WWE and ESPN, the Face That Runs the Place Tweeted this moments ago:
Honored and excited to host the 2016 @ESPYS. Wednesday, July 13 will be a date to remember, I promise that. pic.twitter.com/W86wQtgiIP— John Cena (@JohnCena) May 19, 2016
The ESPY (an acronym for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards are the Disney-owned channel's version of the Oscars or Emmys - a way to celebrate and therefore promote the sports world they cover. Established in 1993, the event has risen in prominence as the cable network grew. Since moving to the day after Major League Baseball's All-Star Game each July (the only day of the year when none of North America's major sports league have games), it's become a bigger event.
Cena joins a list of names who've hosted that cut across the sports world and pop culture like Samuel L. Jackson, Drake. LeBron James and Justin Timberlake.
While he's had some success as a character actor in major Hollywood films, this gig is the latest sign that Cena could follow a different path out of WWE than emulating the one many expected him to try - Dwayne Johnson's. With jobs like ESPY host, his semi-regular work on NBC's Today morning show and recent stint heading up Fox's American Grit reality competition, the 15 time WWE champ may be more Michael Strahan than Rock.
Plenty of time to think about that, though. For now, how do you think Cena will do at the ESPYs on July 13?