It would be impossible to talk about famous wrestlers without mentioning John Cena. One of WWE's biggest stars, Cena has been at the top of the sport for around two decades, with 13 WWE championships, three world heavyweight championships, five U.S. championships, and many other accolades. And while he became successful for his trash-talking, larger-than-life persona in the ring, in reality, Cena has been a positive force in the lives of hundreds of critically-ill children.
In 2022, Guinness World Records officially recognized Cena as having granted the most wishes for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which arranges for children with life-threatening illnesses to enjoy a special trip, event, or meeting with their favorite celebrity. Although Cena's world record made the news, perhaps it wasn't much of a surprise. With 650 wishes granted (and counting), Cena has been more active with the foundation than any other celebrity - no one else has granted more than 400 wishes.
It's a good thing Cena is happy to be so involved. Since he granted his first wish in 2002, Cena has become the foundation's most-requested celebrity. He usually brings a championship belt along when meeting children, who get to take photos with him and sometimes go inside the wrestling ring with their hero.
Their wish is his command:
- Cena discussed his passion for making children's wishes come true in an interview with Reuters. "If you ever need me for this ever, I don’t care what I’m doing, I will drop what I’m doing and be involved because I think that’s the coolest thing," he said.
- Even if you're not a wrestling fan, you've probably seen John Cena in films such as The Marine, Trainwreck, Blockers, and The Suicide Squad.
- In 2005, Cena released the hip hop album You Can't See Me with his cousin, Tha Trademarc. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The title refers to Cena's popular wrestling catchphrase.