“I was going to join the Marine Corps”: Ex- WWE champion John Cena shares how he “started to wrestle by mistake”

John Cena dedicated nearly 20 years of his life to the world of professional wrestling, and few can match his accomplishments in WWE. As a 16-time World Champion, he has established himself as a well-known figure in contemporary wrestling, despite infrequent appearances in the ring these days.

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Nonetheless, Cena’s fame and recognition resulted from an unexpected turn of events. During a recent interview, he admitted that it was never intended to happen and all occurred by “mistake.” However, we can be grateful that it happened, can’t we?

During his appearance on the Whiskey Ginger w/ Andrew Santino 231 podcast, John revealed that his original ambition was to join the Marine Corps rather than WWE. However, destiny had other intentions for him, resulting in his rise as one of the most prominent figures in the Stamford-based organization.

Cena regarding the matter stated, “Originally I started to wrestle by mistake. I was going to join the Marine Corps. And a friend of mine was like, we are training down in Orange County. You should give it a weekend before you go down there. I was like, yeah, whatever I will do it, saw a ring and I was hooked.”

According to Cena himself, he stumbled into wrestling accidentally. Initially, he had planned to enlist in the Marine Corps, but a friend suggested he try out wrestling training in Orange County before heading off. Cena agreed and checked out a ring, and from that moment on, he was hooked.

John Cena: Accidental Journey to WWE Success

Cena added that at the time, he did not incline to pursue a career in pro wrestling. However, when an opportunity presented itself, he seized it, and that decision altered the course of his life forever.

Despite the success he achieved in later years, Cena’s initial foray into pro wrestling was beset with difficulties, primarily due to his lack of enthusiasm for the sport.

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During his early days in WWE, Cena faced challenges adapting to the industry. Given his limited interest in wrestling at the outset, he found it difficult to connect with the WWE Universe. In fact, he recalled his debut day as terrible, admitting he “totally sh*t the bed” that day.

Cena initially struggled to establish an emotional connection with fans, which left him feeling disheartened. Nevertheless, the WWE Universe eventually witnessed the emergence of “The Face That Runs The Place.”

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