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John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor, and reality television show host. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand. Cena started his professional wrestling career in 1999 with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) and won the UPW Heavyweight Championship the following year. Cena signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment, or simply WWE) in 2001, debuting on the WWE main roster in 2002.

Professional wrestling career

Ultimate Pro Wrestling (1999–2001)

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE

Early appearances and Ohio Valley Wrestling (2000–2002)

Doctor of Thuganomics (2002–2003)

Rise to Superstardom (2003–2004)

WWE Champion (2005–2007)

World Heavyweight Champion (2008–2010)

Feud with The Nexus (2010–2011)

Record-breaking WWE Champion (2011–2013)

World championship reigns and high-profile feuds (2013–2015)

United States Champion (2015–2016)

Return of Thuganomics (2017–present)

In Wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • FU (2003–2008) / Attitude Adjustment (2009–present) (Standing fireman's carry transitioned into a kneeling takeover, sometimes from an elevated position) – 2003–present
    • Killswitch/Protobomb/Protoplex (OVW/UPW) (Spin-out powerbomb) (WWE) – 1999–2003; used as a signature move thereafter
    • STF/STFU (Stepover toehold facelock) – 2005–present
  • Signature moves
    • DDT
    • Diving leg drop bulldog
    • Dropkick
    • Emerald Flowsion
    • Five Knuckle Shuffle (Running delayed fist drop, with theatrics, sometimes diving from the top rope)
    • Half nelson dropped into a neckbreaker
    • Hurricanrana
    • Lariat
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Belly-to-back
      • Fisherman
      • Gutwrench
      • Side belly-to-belly
      • Vertical, sometimes while delaying
    • Running leaping shoulder block
    • Running one-handed bulldog
    • Sitout hip toss
    • Sitout powerbomb
    • Spinebuster – 2002–2005; used rarely thereafter
    • Springboard stunner – 2015–present
    • Sunset flip powerbomb– 2015–present
    • Throwback (Running neck snap to a bent over opponent) – 2002–2011
    • Tornado DDT, usually from the second rope
  • Nicknames
    • "The Cenation Leader/The Leader of the Cenation"
    • "The Chain Gang Soldier"
    • "The Champ"
    • "The Doctor of Thuganomics"
    • "The Face of WWE"
    • "The Face That Runs the Place"
    • "Fruity Pebbles"
  • Managers
    • Kenny Bolin
  • Entrance themes
    • "Slam Smack" by R. Hardy (FirstCom Production Music) (June 27, 2002 – November 21, 2002)
    • "Insert Bass Here" by DJ Case (FirstCom Production Music) (November 28, 2002 – February 13, 2003)
    • "Basic Thuganomics" by John Cena (March 27, 2003 – March 10, 2005; April 5, 2009; March 12, 2012, January 29, 2017 – present)
    • "The Time Is Now" by John Cena and Tha Trademarc (March 17, 2005 – January 24, 2017)
    • "We Are One" by 12 Stones (October 3, 2010 – November 21, 2010; used while a part of The Nexus)

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