John Cena’s name is known throughout the world as one of the biggest names in entertainment, but it wasn’t always glamourous for the 16x World Champion. Prior to entering WWE, there were quite a few struggles. He was even homeless for a time while following his dreams.

The Sun recently spoke to John Cena where he discussed his career. His drive and determination saw him reach great success, but there was a time when things weren’t so bright for him. Many have joked that they can’t see Cena, but if they saw him back then he would have been sleeping in his car.

“I slept in my car for a while, which happened to be a very roomy 1991 Lincoln Town Car. I had my clothes in the trunk and I slept in the back seat. I’d wake up, use the locker rooms and the shower and repeat the process all over again.”

John Cena’s father, John Cena Sr., believed in his son. He gave him encouragement to follow his dreams and fight for them as well. That support went a long way, but he still burned through resources in a big way. Through it all, Cena never went home.


“Dad told me I would be home with my tail between my legs in two weeks. Sure enough, I went through my resources quickly and had to think on my feet. I didn’t want to go home crying.”

John Cena is seeing a ton of accolades for his work in the entertainment business, and those big roles are not going to stop. Fans will soon know him as The Peacemaker after Suicide Squad 2 drops and his HBO Max original series is released next year. He wraps up filming on that project this week.

Odds are WWE fans will see John Cena very soon. He is rumored to have a match against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam on August 21st in Las Vegas. He has been through a lot, but Cena will never forget the struggles along the way.

What’s your take on John Cena’s story? Are you inspired by it? Sound off in the comments!

H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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