John Cena is one of the greatest WWE superstars of all-time. No matter how you feel about him, that is just a bonafide fact.
The leader of the Cenation has done it all in the WWE and at this point of his career, at 39-years-old, looks like he is finally starting to wind down to a lesser wrestling schedule. He's definitely earned it.
But, how did it all start for Cena? Well, amazingly, he just sort of stumbled into wrestling. Seriously, the best wrestler of the 21st century became one by fluke chance.
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Speaking in an interview with ABC News ahead of hosting the ESPYS this week, Cena revealed the bizarre way it all started for him in professional wrestling.
According to Cena, after college his dad demanded he find a job on the west coast in only a few weeks. Cena failed the test to become a police officer and started working the front desk at a gym. Weeks away from leaving to try and become a marine, Cena got speaking to a buddy who said he was going to start wrestling training and the big guy tagged along.
"I used to work at Gold’s Fitness. I would work the front desk. I was the mayor. I knew everybody. ... That was a time when like attitude was at zenith like 1999, 2000. So I mean everybody watched [wrestling], but so did I. And we would just talk about 'Raw,' Cena stated.
And this kid was like, 'You know I’m training to be a wrestler? Would you want to do that?' This was before 'Tough Enough' or any of that. I didn’t know you could train to be a wrestler," he said.
Cena was in, doing everything possible to learn how to become a wrestler.
"I was already up to my eyeballs in debt, but I leveraged every credit card I had ... paid a promoter out in southern California, and learned the trade," he said.
"Had we never had that conversation, I would have probably been honorably discharged or medically discharged from the Marines."
From there, Cena would wrestle as The Prototype in Ultimate Pro Wrestling, be signed by the WWE and move to OVW, before eventually getting his shot in the WWE.