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Pro-wrestler turned actor, John Cena has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry through various channels and has accrued critical successes in all of them.
Originally from Massachusetts, Cena began his wrestling career in California in 1999 and quickly became a sensation with his trash-talking rapper persona. He has won the wrestling world championship a joint record 16 times as well as the WWE championship a record 13 times. Cena and his ‘superman-like’ character became the face of the WWE for a decade from 2005 to 2015.
Having retired from wrestling, Cena ventured into the film industry, following in Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s footsteps. Cena landed roles in Ferdinand (2017), Bumblebee (2018), F9 (2021) and The Suicide Squad (2021). Though these films have received mixed reviews, Cena’s acting ability and performances have generally been praised, particularly in The Suicide Squad.
Accompanying his many accolades, Cena is also a philanthropist who has developed close relationships with a number of charitable organisations, most notably the Make-a-Wish Foundation to which he has made more wishes come true than any other celebrity with a whopping 650.
Being the posterboy for the WWE garnered Cena significant income, including earning $9.5 million (£7.6 million) in one year as reported by Style. Even though his wrestling career is largely over, he is still estimated to be earning $1.5 million (£1.2 million) annually from brand deals and partnerships with brands like Subway and Gillette. As stated by Style, his acting career has been equally lucrative, raking in enormous paychecks such as $2.5 million (£1.9 million) for his role in the Amy Schumer flick Trainwreck.
Cena has invested intelligently into property and owns two large mansions in the US. One in Land O’Lakes, Florida which is valued at over $3.6 million (£2.8 million) and one in California though its value is not public knowledge.
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