John Felix Anthony Cena, better known by his stage name John Cena, is an American Professional Wrestler and actor who is currently under contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Born on April 23, 1977, Cena has risen among his peers to become one of the most well known wrestlers as of today, and literally the face of the WWE. Ever since the departure of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, two famous wrestlers of the previous WWE era, Cena has single handedly kept the WWE on the wrestling radar, and has become their most famous and successful employee in the past decade or so.
His wrestling style, never give up attitude and loyalty towards the fans have made him a household name not only in America, but all across the world. Besides being the poster boy for the company and their most recognizable wrestler, Cena has accumulated a long list of honours and accolades during his professional career with the WWE, winning the WWE championship a record 10 times and the World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.
Apart from his success in the ring, Cena has also started his acting career on the sidelines, playing the lead role in three motion pictures produced by WWE Studios, a subsidiary of the parent company. Cena is a future hall of famer and one of the most successful athletes ever to step foot in the Wrestling universe.
Phillip Jack Brooks aka CM Punk, has been, and is the bad body of WWE.
Punk has taken the long and hard way to make a name for himself in the Wrestling universe, starting his career in backyard wrestling leagues and competing on the underground scene to get recognized. He made a name for himself as a member of the Ring of Honour roster, and was later signed by the WWE in 2005, which sent him to their subsidiary, Ohio Valley Wrestling. Punk competed there from 2005 to 2006, and won every major title there was to offer in the promotion.
After quickly making a name for himself in Ohio Valley and defeating the competition, Punk had a small stint with Total Non Stop Action (TNA) Wrestling, after which he returned to the WWE to be part of their roster. Since then, Punk has fought his way up the ladder and cemented his legacy in the ring when he became the WWE champion in 2011.
Currently, Punk has been the WWE champion for over 300 days and is arguably the best wrestler on the WWE roster. Along with his in ring success, Punk has also become a celebrity and fan favourite, with fans associating with his straight edge, trash talk and demand respect philosophy towards life.
Punk is also respected in the WWE because of the fact that he competed in all minor wrestling league to earn a chance to be in the WWE, and has taken the hard road to success.
Dwyane Johnson, better known by his ring name, the Rock, is an American professional wrestler and actor. Johnson played college football at the University of Miami, and was part of their 1991 championship winning team.
In 1995 though, his career was cut short after which he decided to take up professional wrestling. He is a third generation wrestler, with both his grandfather and father having competed in the WWE. After training intensively with his father, the Rock made his WWE debut in 1996, and quickly gained popularity due to his ability to connect with the fans and his trash talking skills.
The Rock is considered one of the greatest wrestlers ever to have entered the ring, and won a total of 9 championships with the WWF/E. Together with Stone Cold Steve Austin; he revolutionized the WWF/E and put it on the map, earning millions of dollars for the company along the way. His and Austin’s reign in the WWE is now remembered as the “attitude era”, and is considered the most successful and popular era in the history of the WWE.
The Rock’s fame grow to a level no other superstar in the WWE had ever witnessed before, as fans grew to love his trash talking as well as his in ring athleticism and ability. In 2004, the Rock left the WWE to start his career in acting, and got his first gig in the motion picture, “The Mummy Returns”. Since then, he has starred in numerous motion pictures, including the famous “Fast Five”, a sequel to the “Fast and the Furious” series. He is regarded as one of the top actors in Hollywood at the moment, with a string of successful hits in his bag and some anxiously awaited pictures to hit the theatres next year, including “Fast Six” and “Pain & Gain”.
The Rock returned to the WWE last year to feud with the superstar of that time, John Cena. The two superstars of two eras put up the most successful pay per view ever for the WWE, when they competed in the main event at “Wrestle Mania” this year. His fame continues to grow as he has transformed from a WWE wrestler to one of the biggest movie stars in the world.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin, is an American professional a television and film actor, and retired professional wrestler. Born on December 18, 1964, Austin started his career with the World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
After being fired from the WCW, Austin joined the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), but later moved to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where he finally got his fame. Vince McMahon, the CEO of the WWF/E, described Austin as the most profitable wrestler ever in the WWF. Austin famously defeated Jake Roberts at the King of the Ring Tournament in 1996, which many say was his breakthrough in the WWF.
Stone Cold is also credited with starting the “attitude era” in the WWE, believed to be the most successful and profitable period in the history of the WWF/E, forcing rival promotions such as the WCW to go out of business. Austin was portrayed as the disrespectful, beer drinking antihero who had a problem with authority, and was involved in a series of feuds with the chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon. He is regarded as the best trash talker in the business, and was able to connect with the fans like no other wrestler before or since.
He had a successful run in the WWF/E, winning the WWF championship six times, and becoming the fifth Triple Crown champion in the WWF history. He also won the Royal Rumble on three occasions. Austin left the WWE in 2004, after a series of differences with the management and creative team that led him to miss many appearances without prior notice. He felt betrayed by the company and was not happy with the creative team for the way they had been portraying him, but injuries to his neck and back were the main reasons for his retirement.
Since his retirement, Austin has made numerous appearances in the WWE, and was the host of the WWE Tough Enough show in 2011. He has also taken to acting since his retirement, and appeared in numerous feature films over the past few years, of which “The Condemned” and “Damage” are the most famous. He resides in Los Angeles, and was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2009.