WWE superstar John Cena is one of the busiest men in Hollywood, but he took time to catch up with “Extra’s” Renee Bargh before hosting the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards this Saturday.
Cena wants to take his girlfriend, wrestler Nikki Bella, as his date to the award show. “I hope so; she is working harder than I am. You say I am the busiest person, she truly is.”
Despite their schedules, the busy couple always makes time for one another. He shared, “It sometimes comes down to the unromantic fact of scheduling time for each other, which — for lack of a better word — sucks, but when we have that time with each other, it’s truly incredible. I love her to death and I look forward to the next time I see her… Certainly, we talk and text a lot, but she has gotten me into FaceTime and we FaceTime every day.”
John is also making a return to the big screen in “The Wall,” which is about an American sharpshooter trapped in a standoff with an Iraqi sniper. “It really is a very suspenseful film,” he teased. “You’ll be on the edge of your seat.”
And everyone is on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the TV adaption of James Corden’s famous “Carpool Karaoke” segments — including John! He said, “I got to do it with Shaquille O’Neal. Myself and Shaquille really bring karaoke back to its roots.”
While playing a game on the Nintendo Switch at a secret pop-up outside L.A., Cena pointed out that he is not afraid to use the slime at the KCAs! “It’s gonna be great, just because in WWE so much of our audience is kids and families, and to be able to do an event like the KCAs… There’s gonna be a lot of slime if you show up.”
Early on a cold and wet Monday morning, John Cena took a break out his busy schedule to speak at SXSW, taking on the role of a multi-faceted motivational speaker rather than just a simple WWE superstar.
Hosted by Katie Nolan of Fox Sports, the talk lasted an hour, and touched on everything from Cena’s career with the WWE to his personal tools for success, such as giving back through charitable acts and the importance of taking on as much as possible.
Cena recalled how he packed up everything, moving from the New England area to Venice, California after his college graduation.
“I took a flight, landed with two army duffel bags and $500,” Cena said. “It wasn’t even a quest to become a WWE superstar, it was to prove my dad wrong.”
After finding success working at Gold’s Gym in Venice and receiving an opportunity to debut with WWE, Cena struggled to establish his on-screen character but took it as a learning opportunity if he ever had another chance.
“What a lot of young people don’t understand is that you have to be humble,” Cena said. “Be humble enough to know when you miss… know what it’s your fault.”
The days of Gold’s Gym far behind, Cena has since become the biggest name of his generation in the industry. However, instead of staying focused on one niche Cena has used his fame to explore everything he loves in entertainment, including talk shows, hosting and advertisement.
For Cena, nothing else he dabbles in compare to his participation with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cena has completed over 500 wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. When he initially joined the WWE, Cena didn’t know of the organization or its mission, but after completing his first wish, he says he can’t get enough of it.
“I have so many thing I want to do in life,” Cena said. “But for kids in that situation to say that the one thing they really want to do is hang out with John Cena – that has weight to it.”
Ending his talk with advice on everything from social activism to regrets in his career and what gets under his skin, Cena left the audience not only surprised with his varied accomplishments, but motivated to make the most of every day.
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SANTA CLARITA, CA – FEBRUARY 23: John Cena, WWE Superstar, hosts Nintendo Switch in Unexpected Places for the Nintendo Switch system on February 23, 2017 at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nintendo of America )
John Cena Plays The Nintendo Switch
John Cena is the biggest box office attraction in professional wrestling, and he is just starting to make a dent in the entertainment world. Cena has already filmed two seasons of American Grit for NBC, guest hosted the iconic Saturday Night Live show in December, and is now a spokesman for the global brand of Nintendo.
The sixteen-time WWE world champion is appointment viewing whenever he appears on WWE programming, but all is not perfect for Cena. His sixteenth title reign, for instance, only lasted two weeks.
“To rebut the two-week, 16th title reign, if I’m correct, Ric Flair’s 16th title reign was only 24 hours,” said Cena, who believed his reign was momentous despite only fourteen days as champ. “They can’t all be these massive statements in the annals of history.”
Continue reading John Cena on AJ Styles, the Nintendo Switch, and ending his feud with The Rock (Sports Illustrated)
Friends and coworkers are consistently, reliably surprised to hear I’m a WWE fan. Teenage-me would have been surprised, too, since the wrestling I remember from high school was nothing if not confusing (who are these people? is this stuff real?). Now my adult household welcomes the entire crew in multiple times a week. I like the whole spectacle for a range of reasons—it’s fun, for starters—but the vein of girl-power coursing through it all is the thing I’m always most excited by.
Forget the aughts: Things have changed for the WWE’s women. They’re more celebrated now for being strong, not sexy, and the cringe-worthy lingerie and pillow-fight matches are a thing of the past (the costumes are still little, but, heck, so are the dudes’). Last year, the labeling changed too: The women are no longer being referred to as Divas
, but Superstars, same as their male counterparts.
Fresh from a workout with WWE Superstar and Tapout brand ambassador John Cena, I’m happy to report that the feminist vibe I’ve spotted from my living room isn’t limited to some corporate initiative. Cena—a trusted part of the franchise since 2002 who can bench press 460 lbs and inspired @FeministCena—talked to a group of editors about how amazing it is to see women band together.
“Anytime you see people proud of who they are or their strengths, like-minded people feeling comfortable in their own skin—I love to see that because it brings out the best in people. When people develop behind a cause, feminism or anything else, if the cause is good and the people associated with the cause are good, I love seeing stuff like that.”
It’s hard to imagine his words weren’t partly motivated by the recent scenes of powerful, female-led marches across the globe, and he’s definitely not down with people being told they can’t do something because of their gender. “Why tell someone they can’t do something because it’s not typically feminine?” he asked regarding the uptick of women taking up strength training. “Why should my sex define what I like doing and what I don’t?”
Cena’s understanding of true-blue girl power might have to do with girlfriend Nikki Bella, a fellow WWE champ who’s matched him step-for-step in terms of empire-building (he’s supported her as she’s spoken about empowering other women, even tweeting her mom about how proud she should be of the strong females she raised). When asked to share what he’s learned from living with an independent woman he was actually kind of speechless.
“Man, I don’t have enough time [to answer.] How proud I can be of somebody. How to be a better human being.”
John Cena doesn’t get the credit he deserves for becoming a business icon.
Much of it has to do with a mainstream sports world that might not consider pro wrestling a sport, but the WWE has became a business with a worldwide impact.
Cena is a force. His Facebook fan page has more than 43 million likes, the most for any U.S. athlete. He has 9.1 million followers on Twitter and 5.9 million followers on Instagram.
Long ago, he crossed over into the mainstream, easily identified by his “You Can’t See Me” and “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” catchphrases.
He has appeared on 5 million boxes of Fruity Pebbles. He has been seen as the face of Hefty trash bags. He has been heard as the familiar voice of a pistachio-loving elephant in a recent commercial for the Wonderful Company. Later this year, he will be named a brand ambassador for Crocs’ “Come As You Are Campaign.” Earlier this week, he was promoting the rebranding of the Tapout line with JCPenney in New York City. Continue reading ESPN Interview With John Cena
John Cena reflects on his past, present and future, both in and out of the WWE
(December 27, 2016)
A feud with AJ Styles, with whom he squared off at SummerSlam, seems like the next logical step for John Cena. But what’s after that?
With the exception of his shocking return at the 2008 Royal Rumble, there’s usually been some serious pomp and circumstance every time John Cena has made a comeback — and Tuesday’s edition of “SmackDown Live” should be no exception.
This time around, it isn’t about an injury — and Cena has certainly had his share over the years, suffering a torn pectoral, a herniated disk in his neck and a triceps tear, among other maladies — but it’s been more than four months since he’s been on WWE TV regularly. In fact, since his SummerSlam classic with AJ Styles, Cena has only wrestled in three televised matches, along with about 20 live events and dark match main events. Continue reading ESPN Interview
Fifteen years into his career as a WWE superstar, John Cena has heard the rumors and assumptions regarding his future.
With myriad acting, hosting and marketing opportunities sprouting around him, fans and critics alike have questioned whether the 15-time WWE world champion might soon transition into a part-time wrestling schedule.
Further questions abound about whether Cena was ready to follow in the footsteps of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — whom he calls “the ideal example of WWE superstars having talent beyond the WWE ring” — down a road toward full-time crossover into the mainstream.
Cena, 39, understands his situation to be unique.
“I’ll answer it like this: Every single day that I don’t have an outside obligation, I will fulfill any commitment that I have to WWE,” Cena told ESPN.com. “And I will attach this quote with it that every outside obligation I have is to expand the brand of WWE and there has never been a superstar to say that before.”
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