John Cena Bio: Wife, Career, Song, WWE & Net Worth

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John Felix Anthony Cena Jr., known for his stage name, John Cena, is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, and television presenter.

When it comes to Cena, it doesn’t matter if you are a hardcore wrestling fan, a casual fan, or not a wrestling fan at all; the man is pretty famous now.

Starting with Ultimate Pro Wrestling in 1999, he has definitely come a long way with a highly successful professional wrestling career, box office success, television presentation, and a rap album that went platinum.

John Cena
John Cena, WWE Wrestler and Celebrity

Cena is considered one of the greatest and, at the same time, one of the most polarizing professional wrestlers of all time.

Well known for being the face of World Wrestling Entertainment for about a decade, he has multiple championship reigns.

He has won the famous Royal Rumble event two times and headlined one of the most famous events in pro wrestling, Wrestlemania, five times.

Cena has also earned success with his acting career. Two of his movies, namely, Daddy’s Home 2 and Bumblebee alone, raked over 700 million USD.

As we go through this article, we will be taking a detailed look at his career, relationship, family, earnings, and social media presence, but first, let’s look at some quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name John Felix Anthony Cena, Jr.
Birth Date April 23, 1977
Birth Place West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA
Nicknames The Champ, The Cenation Leader, Prototype, Doctor of Thuganomics, Fruity Pebbles
Nationality American
Education Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts (Exercise Physiology and Body Movement)
Horoscope Taurus
Father’s Name John Felix Anthony Cena, Sr.
Mother’s Name Carol Cena
Siblings Steve Cena, Sean Cena, Dan Cena, Matt Cena
Age 47 Years Old
Height 6’1” (1.86 m)
Weight 251 lb (114 kg)
Shoe Size 11 (US)
Profession Professional Wrestler, Actor, Rapper, Television Presenter
Net Worth $55 million
Married Yes
Spouse Elizabeth Huberdeau (ex-wife)
Shay Shariatzadeh (m. 2020)
Children None
Broadcasting Affiliations World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.(part-time deal); Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, on Nickelodeon.
Salary $8.5 million per year
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update May, 2024

Early Life

John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. was born to Carol Cena (born Lupien) and John Felix Anthony Cena Sr. on April 23, 1977, in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

His mother is of English and French-Canadian descent, and his father is of Italian descent. Baseball player, and a coach, Ulysses John “Tony” Lupien, is his maternal grandfather.

Young John Cena
Young John Cena

When Cena was in school, his parents went through a divorce, and he lived with his father for most of his childhood. As an adult, though, John got close to her mother and even got her a house in Massachusetts.

As of now, Carol Cena is single. On the other hand, John Cena Sr. was a wrestling announcer known as “Johnny Fabulous” and influenced John Jr.’s decision to be a wrestler.

Cena’s father remarried after he split with his mother, and thus, Cena was raised by his stepmother as a child. 

John Cena: Family, Siblings, and Education

Cena has four siblings. His only older brother, Steve Cena, is openly gay and is close to John. John accepts Steve’s sexuality with an open heart.

He has also appeared in the show “Total Divas” produced by “E!” with his partner. He has three younger brothers, Dan, Matt, and Sean.

Dan is an auxiliary police officer, while Matt works as a manager at Harrison Global Transportation.

Sean lives a relatively low-key life, and not much is known about him other than the fact that he appeared in John’s documentary film, “John Cena: Word Life.”

Likewise, John Cena is a cousin of noted computer scientist Natalie Enright Jerger, famous for computer science research, including computer architecture and interconnection networks.

She has received several awards and honors in her field of work.

John Cena, WWE prodigy
John Cena, WWE prodigy

John Cena was raised as a catholic and attended Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts, before moving to Cushing Academy, a private prep boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Cena later attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1998 with a degree in exercise physiology and body movement.

During his college days, he was an NCAA Division III All-American center on their college football team and wore number 54, which is still used for his WWE merchandising.

After graduation, Cena pursued a career in bodybuilding and also worked as a limousine driver.

John Cena: Age, Height, and Weight

John Cena is currently 47 years old. Cena has a height of 6 feet 1 inch, which amounts to 1.86 meters and 186 centimeters.

John weighs around 114 kilograms, which is equal to 251 pounds. The color of his eyes is a vivid blue, and his hair color is light brown.

Cena’s chest size is about 50 inches, their waist size is about 36 inches, and his biceps size is about 19 inches.

John Cena: Early Career

In 1999, John Cena began training to become a professional wrestler at Ultimate Pro Wrestling and made his in-ring debut under the name The Prototype.

He won the UPW title and held it for 27 days in April of 2000. His last appearance in UPW was in March 2001.

Similarly, Cena also made an unofficial appearance, with an unofficial debut under his ring name, “The Prototype,” for World Wrestling Federation in October 2000, in a dark match on a “SmackDown!” taping that he lost against Mikey Richardson.

He received another tryout for WWF at a  “SmackDown!” taping at Oakland, California, on January 9, 2001. He won that dark match against Aaron Aguilera, held on March 13. 


Slowly, Cena entered competitions and also signed contracts. The first contract he signed was with WWF to Ohio Valley Wrestling ( OVW) in 2001.

After the contract, he impressively held the OVW Heavyweight title for three months. Moreover, he also received tryouts for the roasted WWF throughout the year.

Likewise, Cena joined the main roster in June 2002 and made his television debut on June 27 against Kurt Angle on an episode of “SmackDown!”.

Although he narrowly lost the match, he became a fan favorite and had feuds with several big-name stars like Christ Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Albert, and D-Von Dudley.

In October of the same year, Cena turned heel for the first time in his career after turning on his tag team partner Billy Kidman, blaming him for their loss in the first round of a tag team championship tournament to determine the first tag team champions of “SmackDown!”.

Later that year, Cena showcased his rapping in a Halloween-themed episode and, shortly after, took on the nickname “The Doctor of Thuganomics.”

In 2003, he faced the Undertaker at “Vengeance” but lost the singles match. Cena won his first singles championship against the Big Show in 2004 at Wrestlemania.

He defended the title for four months but was then stripped of the title by the then-SmackDown general manager Kurt Angle after Cena accidentally attacked Angle in his wheelchair.

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 Ohio Valley Wrestling (2001–2002)

After signing for OVW, John was frequently seen competing on house shows for the WWF. Here, he wrestled legends like Shelton Benjamin, Tommy Dreamer, and many others.

Few could only dream of defeating Cena until one day when it happened. On September 25, 2002, he lost to Kane in a ‘Loser Leaves OVW match.

Later, he appeared on a one-off appearance in November. The name he chose was Mr. P, where he was matched in a six-man tag team match.

His teammate consisted of Charlie Haas and WWE Hall of Famer Big Boss Man.

Acting career

Yes, you have read it right; John Cena has also appeared in many films. His first film was The Marine, which was released in 2006 by WWE Studios. The film made almost US $7 million at the United States box office.

Back in 2007, John Cena was interviewed for the CNN Special Investigations Unit documentary Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling. Apparently, this interview focused on steroid and drug use in professional wrestling.

Moreover, he has also appeared on 12 Rounds, which was released on March 27, 2009.  Later, under WWE Studios’ production, Cena also co-starred in the film, Legendary(2010).

Additionally, the Professional wrestler has also appeared in the film Fred: The Movie, a children’s film. Here is his role as Fred’s imaginary father.

John Cena as Fred's imaginary father
John Cena as Fred’s imaginary father

Surprisingly, Cena also shared a great interest in comedy films as well. His appearance was seen in comedy films like Sisters, Trainwreck, Daddy’s Home, and Daddy’s Home 2. 

His lead role was also seen in blockbuster films like Transformers, Bumblebee, and also Dolittle.

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Music Career and Songs

There is barely anyone who has no idea about John Cena. He is a Legend and “the greatest professional wrestler of all time,” as Kurt Angle stated.

But did you know John is also a rapper? Well, if yes, great, and if not, then now you know.

Likewise, Cena recorded the song “Untouchables” in WWE ThemeAddict: The Music, Vol. 6. Later that year, John collaborated with Murs, E-40, and Chingo Bling for the remix of “H-U-S-T-L-E.” 

When we are talking about Cena, we cannot forget his trademark song; also his WWE entry track, “The Time Is Now.” Apparently, from his debut album, You Can’t See Me, the wrestler recorded this with his cousin named Tha Trademark.

The duo was later featured on a track titled “Champion Scratch” by The Perceptionists. In October 2014, Wiz Khalifa featured Cena in his two singles titled “All Day” and “Breaks,” which were also the soundtrack for the WWE 2K15 video game.

John Cena: Wife and Kids

The Wrestler has been married twice in his lifetime. Previously, he was married to his former wife, Elizabeth Huberdeau, also known as – Liz Cena. 

She is from West Newbury, Massachusetts, US, currently living in Florida.

The high school sweethearts later married on July 11, 2009.

Unfortunately, John and Elizabeth’s marriage lasted for only three years. In May 2012, the married couple got separated and parted in their own ways. Later, in 2019 a new girl came into John Cena’s life. Her name is Shay Shariatzdeh, and they dated for a year.

When asked about their first meeting, they shared that it was during the production of Cena’s 2019 film Playing with Fire.

After dating for a year, the two exchanged vows on October 12, 2012.

John Cena with his wife, Shay Shariatzadeh
John Cena with his wife, Shay Shariatzadeh

Did you know that Shay holds Canadian Nationality and resides in Vancouver, Canada? Shay is a perfect blueprint of beauty with brains, as she is an Engineer by profession. The pair looks beautiful together, and we all are happy for the wedded couple.

Till now, there has been no news about having kids. As mentioned earlier, John is a career-focused person and is dedicated to his career. Therefore, he prefers hustling to parenting.

John Cena: Net Worth

After knowing about his career and accomplishments, I bet you can assume that Cena is a successful person. Cena is a professional wrestler, actor, and also television personality.

According to trusted sources, John’s net worth of 2024 is $60 million. Where does he spend his money?

He loves custom-made cars and owns over 20 cars. His favorite collection consists of vintage Oldsmobile Cutlass Rallye 350 and a 2006 Rolls Royce Phantom.

Moreover, apart from luxurious cars, he is also into charity and social donation. Till now, he has granted 500 wishes for disabled and sick children through Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Net Worth of John Cena in Different Currencies

Here is the net worth of John Cena in various currencies, including the cryptocurrency BitCoin and a lot more.

Currency Net Worth
Euro 4,223,725 
Pound Sterling £3,626,225 
Australian Dollar A$6,802,100 
Canadian Dollar C$6,296,250 
Indian Rupee 365,046,750 
BitCoin ฿105 

John Cena: Social Media

Instagram: 18 Million

Some FAQs

Did John Cena Apologize to China?

Yes, John Cena Apologizes to China. He was trolled on Chinese social media after getting tangled up in a geopolitics scandal by calling Taiwan a country.

What is the Biceps Measurement, Cena?

Cena has a biceps measurement of 18 inches.

Who Played the Role of John Cena?

Jim Carrey played the role of John Cena.

What are the Signature Moves of John?

John has introduced various popular signature moves such as the Attitude Adjustment, Five Knuckle Shuffle, and the STF. 

Did John Cena lose his weight?

Recently in February 2022, John Cena lost 20 lbs when he switched his routine to prioritize yoga.

Did Seth Rollins break John Cena’s nose?

During John Cena’s main event match against Seth Rollins, he had a nose injury. 

“I remember I just crushed his nose, and he was just disfigured and dismembered.”
-Seth Rollins

What happened to John Cena?

Well, John Cena was involved in a three-car accident in Philadelphia. Back then, he was reportedly rear-ended by a Honda Civic. The Civic that hit Cena’s vehicle had reportedly been rear-ended by a tractor-trailer moments before.

Does John Cena sign an autograph?

Yes, John Cena does sign autographs as he did back during WWE 2K18 Collector’s Edition, where he signed 25,000 autographs. 

Pema Sherpa
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