12 Things You Didn’t Know About John Cena
Since so much of wrestling is a performance, many would expect more WWE superstars to be better at acting, and after Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made the transition from one of the most popular wrestlers to one of the most sought after actors in the world, it seems John Cena isn’t far behind him. While he is still dominating in the ring, Cena has made an even bigger impact on the entertainment industry as a whole and has gained millions of fans all over the world. From his journey in wrestling to acting and reality TV, it seems the star has shared a lot of his life, but there is always more to know! Here are 12 things you didn’t know about John Cena:
12. Learning Languages
There is no doubt that John Cena is one of the WWE’s most dedicated stars but he took it to another level when he took on the difficult task of learning Mandarin in ordered to help the WWE’s global brand. “I started wanting to learn Mandarin to get our global company to be a true global company,” he said in an interview, adding, “[I’m] fascinated with the language and have become obsessed with trying to learn it. … I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I do, for an hour or two of my day, a tutor comes over and we just talk.” He found that the best way for him to learn the language was using stacks of flashcards with Mandarin words and phrases. Cena put what he learned to good use when he was able to speak in the language for two minutes during a WWE press conference in China.
11. Early Life
John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. was born on April 23, 1977, in West Newbury, Massachusetts to Carol and John Felix Anthony Cena. Cena was the second eldest of four boys with an older brother, Dan, and three younger brothers, Matt, Steve, and Sean. All of the boys grew up loving wrestling because their father was a fan. “My dad is the reason I actually started watching wrestling. My dad was never big into sports; we were all big into sports as kids, and he’d go to our Little League games or whatever and not really know what was going on, because he didn’t know about sports, but he knew about wrestling,” Cena explained. He has also opened up about how he never really “fit in” growing up. “I really never socially matched that well with kids as an adolescent or early teenager. Never once did I waver or try to conform like a group philosophy. I was always pretty much an oddball.”