The Story of John Cena's WWE Debut

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John Cena became one of the WWE's most popular superstars among younger viewers. Becoming the face of the WWE during a career than spanned over 2 decades, the leader of the Cenation had a run that was filled with championship gold. With this in mind, many old-school fans of wrestling weren't as enamoured with John Cena as the new generation of fans. Whether you liked John Cena or not, his incredible work ethic should be admired by all.
John began his wrestling career in 1999, getting trained in the UPW organization before getting signed to a WWE developmental deal by Jim Ross. Working as "The Protoype", Cena would join a star-studded OVW roster that included guys like Randy Orton, Batista and Brock Lesnar. When it was time for Cena to make his WWE debut, John challenged Kurt Angle while trying to show he had enough "Ruthless Aggression" to make it in the WWE. This video covers Cena's days in UPW, OVW and his early days in the WWE.
00:00 - John Cena's work ethic
03:09 - The Protoype in UPW
06:58 - The Protoype in OVW
09:28 - Vince McMahon's "Ruthless Aggression" era
12:34 - John Cena's debut against Kurt Angle
16:53 - Cena begins falling down the cards
18:05 - John Cena begins his rap gimmick
- Much More!
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  1. Rio Ducci
    Rio Ducci
    4 ditë më parë

    The hulk hogan of our generation

  2. Rio Ducci
    Rio Ducci
    4 ditë më parë

    I still remember that ending to smackdown where taker shakes cenas hand

  3. ady moon
    ady moon
    5 ditë më parë

    Keep up the good work love the videos

  4. Cheren Tee
    Cheren Tee
    6 ditë më parë

    I don't know about y'all but a few years ago when John fought Kevin Owens and AJ Styles I was awestruck by the moves he used against them like WWE prevented him from unleashing his full arsenal. While I don't think he could've ever been an extremely talented wrester, he could've been great in the ring if it weren't for that 5 move schtick they made him do every week.

  5. From Texas
    From Texas
    6 ditë më parë

    Cena: "Ruthless Aggression!" *R U T H L E S S A G G R E S S I O N*

  6. Manuel C
    Manuel C
    8 ditë më parë

    Once a cena fan, always a cena fan. Would like for him to turn heel tho. Just like the good old days.

  7. D's Real Reviews
    D's Real Reviews
    10 ditë më parë

    90% if the weak www roster needs to see this and understand simply being a douche bag isn’t good enough to be a wwe “superstar”

  8. 11BravoKilla
    16 ditë më parë

    The music 🔥🔥🔥

  9. TYGN
    17 ditë më parë

    What's the song??

  10. The last Sith
    The last Sith
    20 ditë më parë

    Only thing good about John Cena is the things he does for charity beside that he's the worst in wrestling

  11. Philip Roberts
    Philip Roberts
    20 ditë më parë

    He was 100% juicing.

  12. Raven Blaze
    Raven Blaze
    24 ditë më parë

    I'm 6'4 236 when I met John Cena back in 2006 I was 6'4 220 something and even though i was taller Jonh was still so much bigger than me I mean almost to the point i was intimidated of how big he really was then. Tv does that man no justice and when i met him in a strip club no less i had ambitions of challenging him to rap battle as at the time i was an up an coming local hip hop artist and when i saw how big he was my mind changed lol

  13. CornBreadtm
    26 ditë më parë

    John Cena was entertaining. You can't hate that. His promo work was better than a lot of the talent at the time and was the highlight of the program he was on once he started doing freestyles. You would tune in just to hear the freestyle since it was original and usually funny. Wrestling is the entertainment business and John came in the game at a time when it was definitely getting less entertaining. WWE's lack of competition made the business honestly kind of stale.

  14. Enlightened Komedy
    Enlightened Komedy
    26 ditë më parë

    Hearing all of these accounts just shows you that Cena earned all of the success he got in the business. He had to overcome a lot just to get where he is

  15. Chris
    27 ditë më parë

    Its 2020 and cena still sucks. Cena may have wrestled more than Hogan, Savage, Austin or HBK. but cena will never be the Legend those guys are. Cena has no memorable angles, catchphrases or anything. Cena is just a muscled up vanilla midget

  16. theman2k7
    27 ditë më parë

    Ruthless aggression is my fav I grew up in it and loved it

  17. Dyl O'Rourke
    Dyl O'Rourke
    27 ditë më parë

    The mix of word life and you can't see me at the start of the vid was lit. Would be an awesome theme if he ever turned heel

  18. S.E.S PunK
    S.E.S PunK
    28 ditë më parë

    This whole video was on John Cena but not once during the entire video could I see him.

  19. random_dude
    28 ditë më parë

    Soooo you mean that John Cena never joined the Marines?

  20. Loco Malabar
    Loco Malabar
    28 ditë më parë

    I didnt liked cena. But im a good observer. Being able to lift edge and the big show. Not being able to find cena guilty for a botch. He was an amazing performer. He deserve what he has.

  21. WrEstLInG iS ReAl
    WrEstLInG iS ReAl
    28 ditë më parë

    John Cena was the real why I started to love and watch wrestling, after seeing the meme going nuts I didn't know who he was or even watched WWE but now that I've seen his old matches back in 2006 and 2005 and I love how he's a really likeable man and is basically superman of WWE But also I want to know what do you guys think of John?

  22. OkieAllDay
    28 ditë më parë

    John Cena was roided out of his skull, like most of the rest of the WWE. I don't care what the "tests" show... he was juicing big time, and there is no other way around it.

    1. アダムスアントニオ
      28 ditë më parë

      Thanks, I was looking for someone to have said it. There was no way he wasn't on steroids regardless of the tests.

  23. LegalizeSpaceWeed2020
    29 ditë më parë

    As someone who saw him play at Springfield college, he was amazing.

  24. Patrick Peralta
    Patrick Peralta
    29 ditë më parë

    I just love how fans point out they wanted to see a Cena as a heel and they forget he was a Heel during his thuganomics days. reminds me of Hogan to many fans seeing Hogan as a heel in the NWO was new to them but I knew he had been a heel in his early days in WWWE when Vince Sr was in charge and i knew that because unlike many Wrestling Fans I enjoy looking up the history of a wrestler. so seeing him turn heel and join the NWO was not a suprise to me.

  25. Patrick Peralta
    Patrick Peralta
    29 ditë më parë

    I've been a wrestling fan since 1983 so I guess I'm a old school wrestling fan but I had no problem with Cena and enjoyed his time in WWE. so I'm the Rare old School wrestling fan who had no issues with him as being the number one guy.

  26. Darian Lynch
    Darian Lynch
    Muaj më parë

    Always thought Cena was corny. #TheFaceOfThePGEra

  27. Randyman Maximus
    Randyman Maximus
    Muaj më parë

    Love your honesty in these vids. He isn't my favourite wrestler, I always hated white rappers. However, I cannot deny his skills and accomplishments.

  28. Tobias Michel
    Tobias Michel
    Muaj më parë

    I got back into wrestling in 2005/2006 and Cena freestyling to diss his opponents was the best thing. After he stopped freestyling and just referred more and more to “The champ is here” and everything became PG it got dull.

  29. Ali Kazmi
    Ali Kazmi
    Muaj më parë

    This is a brilliant inspiring video. I appreciate how you break everything down from different point of views and still give a fair assessment and feed back.

  30. Ceasar R33L
    Ceasar R33L
    Muaj më parë

    Yup we need that part 2. Thuganomics John cena he was at his best

  31. steven imeson
    steven imeson
    Muaj më parë

    classic stuff!

  32. Jordan Kuttler
    Jordan Kuttler
    Muaj më parë

    The downfall of the wrestling business began when Brock Lesnar left and John Cena became the guy despite the rejection of a huge part of the fanbase

  33. Blake Young
    Blake Young
    Muaj më parë

    Basically His Career in WWE is like a 2k story mode (the create a character look vs Angle )

  34. seXXXpac
    Muaj më parë

    Cena's rise coincided with my waning interest in wrestling. When I look back at it, not in a million years would I have imagined that he would go on to become not only the face of the WWE for many years, but one of the biggest superstars of all time. As you stated at the beginning of the video, he's a very divisive figure amongst fans. While the younger fans loved him, the old guard just never seemed to come around on him. Regardless of whether you're a Cena fan or not, his tenure, work ethic, and WILLINGNESS TO PUT PEOPLE OVER, should command respect from even the most hardcore of old school fans. John Cena, I salute you!

  35. Kerry wayne Bailey
    Kerry wayne Bailey
    Muaj më parë

    With respect Mr cena was not my kind of wrestler. But over time I started to appreciate his presents in wwe 👋 he worked hard and played hard..... So I respect cena. Fair play to him 😉😁😊

  36. Brian Schiffli
    Brian Schiffli
    Muaj më parë

    PKA: The Prototype , one could tell he was gonna be somebody.

  37. Jackson Brown
    Jackson Brown
    Muaj më parë

    Anyone that thinks cena wasn’t on steroids is crazy or just stupid

  38. ShiftyShank
    Muaj më parë

    I have 5% credit to Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 cent

  39. J Vomkrieg
    J Vomkrieg
    Muaj më parë

    I really think the ripping people do on Cena's in ring work is pretty unfair. He did the WWE style, and he did it well. When he did have a match that fit doing more ring work and working at a better rate, he could hang tough. Was he Bret Hart? No. But he was a lot better in the ring than Hogan and many many others.

  40. Atomic Spid
    Atomic Spid
    Muaj më parë

    It’s good to see Cena’s getting respect from most fans nowadays. I mean he did make some questionable decisions, like the Nexus’s burial but everything else really makes up for it. His feuds and matches with CM Punk, Edge, Shawn Michaels, AJ Styles, etc. were amazing, he’s great on the mic, the U.S. Open Title challenge was great, and his in-ring skills have gotten much better in recent years. He’s also carried the company longer than anyone else besides maybe the Undertaker and never had an ego problem like Hogan and 90s HBK had. I’m not ashamed of saying he’s my favorite of all time anymore. Don’t care what anyone says. Ironically enough I did hate Roman Reigns. He seemed like a worse version of Cena from 2015 to 2018.

  41. TrainerRED Charizard
    TrainerRED Charizard
    Muaj më parë

    Awesome.. I was wanting to hear about how cena become the next big dog of WWE.i have heard that he was kinda boring but it might be not true

  42. Domino D
    Domino D
    Muaj më parë

    I am not a fan of John Cena the wrestler, but I am a fan of his work ethic and what he has done outside the ring. His work with the Make a Wish foundation is outstanding.

  43. luq olox
    luq olox
    Muaj më parë

    I can already hear the "let´s go Cena/ Cena sucks" chants at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

  44. Lee Gray
    Lee Gray
    Muaj më parë

    The moment where other wrestlers “endorse him” is a recreated moment, that happened in real life with the undertaker and they reacted it for the camera. Small detail but vital info and also very cool info. 😂😂

  45. Rishabh Vailaya
    Rishabh Vailaya
    Muaj më parë

    W O R D L I F E

  46. Al Snowly
    Al Snowly
    Muaj më parë

    Cena is worthy of being respected

  47. Rocky Austin
    Rocky Austin
    Muaj më parë


    Muaj më parë

    Cena always been juiced up , just because he passed a test it doesn't mean he ain't on them, this just means he's good at masking the tests

  49. Colton Moore
    Colton Moore
    Muaj më parë

    If someone told in 2002 that John cena would be wwe next big star I wouldn't believe then

  50. Marissa 123
    Marissa 123
    Muaj më parë

    I am so confused I can’t see anything

  51. Cyber 9
    Cyber 9
    Muaj më parë

    He started out as a poor man’s Vanilla Ice and ended being a poor man’s hype man

  52. Kenny Ryan
    Kenny Ryan
    Muaj më parë

    I was against Cena ( I'm one of those old school fans ), but he would be welcomed back, cause the current product is unbelievably boring. If he ever does come back FT, please have him bring the NWO back.

  53. Michael Reppenhagen
    Michael Reppenhagen
    Muaj më parë

    Cenanation is a better Hulkamania than Hulkamania, we just can't see it because the attitude era made it cringey to like wrestling without some form of irony involved.

  54. Saber is love, Saber is life
    Saber is love, Saber is life
    Muaj më parë

    Cena was my favorite back when he was Doctor of Thuganomics and Chain Gang Soldier. Once he became Super Cena and Cenation I started losing interest. I still have his album with Trademarc though. Those tracks were fire!

  55. Triceps Of Terror
    Triceps Of Terror
    Muaj më parë

    I couldn't see him 🤷‍♂️

  56. dwite fry
    dwite fry
    Muaj më parë

    My problem with Cena, the problem I still have with the man, is that he has one of if not the most annoying faces in Wrestling. I just find him infinitly irritating to look at, and the 'you can' see me' gesture just makes it worse.

  57. Tomara Dawn
    Tomara Dawn
    Muaj më parë

    Story of Scott Steiner's WCW Heavyweight Championship reign/Magnificent Seven

  58. rusty shackleford
    rusty shackleford
    Muaj më parë

    Post the freaking music!

  59. Ajesh Looking
    Ajesh Looking
    Muaj më parë

    i lov cena anytime

  60. DJ Castano
    DJ Castano
    Muaj më parë

    Mad dog Mike Bell is a legend in his own right now. RIP

  61. Julian Grant
    Julian Grant
    Muaj më parë

    It wasn't my era but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve the respect he's earned. I can appreciate that he was the next big thing and that he resonated with the younger fans. That's what's important. Creating something for them and for their era. I came from the era of the nWo. Both things can be viewed positively or negatively. I'll never forgive him for that belt, though. Ghastly concoction..

  62. Clark Hellwig
    Clark Hellwig
    Muaj më parë

    Doctor of thuganomics was my favorite 💯

  63. Coldsinkw
    Muaj më parë

    i wish ur remix has a full song on it

  64. Mike Sharon
    Mike Sharon
    Muaj më parë

    "This is basic thuganomics" -Word life!

  65. Jonathan Coleman
    Jonathan Coleman
    Muaj më parë

    Can you do a batista one?

  66. Dick Smith
    Dick Smith
    Muaj më parë

    I must have been born in just,the right time(1990) because I can just barely remember sting becoming crow sting and the outsiders coming to wcw. I'm referencing my oldest wrestling memorys(yes I was a wcw kid) do like 95or6ish but stopped watching when they sold wcw and then started watching see again in 2006. I had liked cena and orton,the boogy man,mr.kennedy,Cm punk. Brock lesnar came out around 2003 I think so he falls into that same category for me. I had been watching sense I was 5 so befor the attitude era so they were new to me. And this was the ruthless aggression era so at that point my watching had spanned 3generarions of wrestlers. Wich doesn't seem to be s9meth8ng that spans a decade. Useually an era in wrestling is like 5to7 years. Such a fascinating buisness

  67. Jesse Heise
    Jesse Heise
    Muaj më parë

    Ruthless Agression. Bitch slaps Kurt. Classic

  68. Chicano 4 Trump
    Chicano 4 Trump
    Muaj më parë

    Your 💯 right. I'm from the attitude era

  69. TheBestFighter
    Muaj më parë

    Never really liked him honestly. His heel run in 03 was alright then he turned face later that year and was winning match after match after match Smh. Especially since 2005 he was super Cena. This man was always winning that's why he got booed out the arena at ECWs 2006 ppv. Not hating on the man but c'mon and he sold his soul. Throwing up 👌👌 aka 666. He started doing that like in 08. He usually threw up the devil horns aka 🤙🤙🤘🤘

  70. GWS
    Muaj më parë

    I respect Cena's message and work but I don't respect him burying others, his attitude toward some on the lower card (i.e. the incident where he got someone fired for using something similar to the AA as their finisher), and his lackluster ring ability. I just found him a boring generic character whose only quality was that he had freakish strength for someone his size. Hard work is one thing but it's something anyone can do. That sadly doesn't get you ahead in the entertainment industry. What matters is putting something on TV that people want to watch. I don't think he was as good at that as what he was pushed to be.

  71. Nzuzo Vilakazi
    Nzuzo Vilakazi
    Muaj më parë

    I loved John Cena as a kid, it's gonna be sad for a childhood Cena fan like me when he retires.

  72. heisnotaxel
    Muaj më parë

    A smiling babyface was never gonna get over with the crowd, Rocky Maivia had already proven that before Cena made it to WWE

  73. SpiralPoli Productions
    SpiralPoli Productions
    Muaj më parë

    John Cena: Great Wrestler Great Talker Terrible HLR gimmick Great Thuganomics gimmick

  74. Nate Norcross
    Nate Norcross
    Muaj më parë

    I wonder how much of Cena's push came from the fact Brock left at WM20.

  75. Meitei Luwang
    Meitei Luwang
    Muaj më parë

    Decade of doom

  76. OUTRAW mf
    OUTRAW mf
    Muaj më parë

    I can't see it

  77. Nachiket Daithankar
    Nachiket Daithankar
    Muaj më parë

    "Just in case,the name ...rings a bell"😂

  78. Antony Bennett
    Antony Bennett
    Muaj më parë

    I have a love/hate relationship with John Cena. His talent and work ethic are undeniable, yet there's something I can't stand about him I can't quite put my finger on.

  79. Xaiver Beaudin
    Xaiver Beaudin
    Muaj më parë

    If you boo cena doesnt that already make him a heel? Dude has made the wwe much bigger then its ever been

  80. J M
    J M
    Muaj më parë

    If Cena wins we riot

  81. ari russell
    ari russell
    Muaj më parë

    As much as I hate him as a character and that whole push he got in the early mid 2000,s I think a heal title run is best left to the imaginary booking team of the mind

  82. The Righteously
    The Righteously
    Muaj më parë

    It's weird to think Stephanie Mcmahon of all people saw brilliance in a guy even her father who made Hulkamania, Stone Cold, and The People's Champion overlooked. Then again JR was really the one who brought him to the dance.

  83. jb888888888
    Muaj më parë

    Skipped over Cena's big screen debut in _Ready to Rumble._

  84. jb888888888
    Muaj më parë

    I'm confused, the video is just a black screen for 22 minutes???

  85. Reggie Clay
    Reggie Clay
    Muaj më parë

    Good vid

  86. Wrestling Corner
    Wrestling Corner
    Muaj më parë

    Never forget he spanked Stephanie McMahon's butt on Smackdown

  87. Difrent Styles
    Difrent Styles
    Muaj më parë

    *i remember watching cena in the independent scene not just saying this because I'm from Massachusetts but he has paid his dues before getting to the first dark match he had shout out to him for keeping professional wrestling up float*

  88. stoplyinn
    Muaj më parë

    Cena was clean? Yeah, right...

  89. Mental Philanthropist
    Mental Philanthropist
    Muaj më parë

    That Pritchard part cracked me up.

  90. Kenneth Poellnitz
    Kenneth Poellnitz
    Muaj më parë

    Compare cena to 2pac as a wrestler... pac says u can't c me cena says it both use horns n bells in their songs with the phrase... he's the best to some and worst to others but you gotta respect him for what he's done

  91. Riley kazama
    Riley kazama
    Muaj më parë

    One of the greats hands down

  92. Treize Khushrenada
    Treize Khushrenada
    Muaj më parë

    Cena is the type of person I don't care for as a wrestler but absolutely respect as a human being.

  93. CBNL1987
    Muaj më parë

    Im a big cena fan! Looking forward to the cena series

  94. JV Harbin
    JV Harbin
    Muaj më parë

    I was out of wrestling by this time. If I was still into it I'm not sure if I would have been Into Cena or not. I definitely like him as a person.

  95. TheAutistWhisperer
    Muaj më parë

    I wasn't a massive fan of John Cena either but overtime I ended up really respecting him and his work.

  96. Great Heights
    Great Heights
    Muaj më parë

    I've never liked Cena as a face or product either but you've actually given me a respect for him I never had. It's particularly impressive his incredible amount of matches as you said.

  97. Rey Smith
    Rey Smith
    Muaj më parë

    Shawn Michael has 2069 matches.......Nice

  98. GBuster
    Muaj më parë

    John Cena was the smartest man in the ring during his time. He worked the business to perfection.

  99. TheFreakinX
    Muaj më parë

    And then I stopped watching wrestling.

  100. The Homies
    The Homies
    Muaj më parë

    Thank you Bro a lot of us are alone in serious lock downs and your videos breathe a little fire into our days