John Cena’s net worth is currently estimated in millions, thanks to his successful wrestling career which kicked off in 1999 when he debuted for the California-based independent pro wrestling company, Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW). He subsequently got signed to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as WWE) in 2000, and has remained with them since then. Cena’s popularity in professional wrestling came after he adopted the character of a trash-talking rapper and won the 2014 United States Championship, which was his first singles title.
This was followed by the transition of his character into a heroic figure like that of Superman and later on, his elevation as WWE’s franchise player and public face for the next ten years. Now counted among WWE’s superstars, he has won many championships in the course of his career; details of that is a story for another day. Let’s cut to the chase.
John Cena’s Net Worth In 2019
Considered to be among the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, John Cena has a net worth of $55 million. In 2015, he was top on Forbe’s very first list of WWE’s highest-paid wrestlers with an earning of $9.5 million, which made him the biggest salary earner among all wrestlers. However, things changed in 2016 after he went under the knife on January 5th as a result of an injury he sustained on his shoulder. This kept him out of action for the first five months of 2016 and when he returned, he only participated in five pay-per-view events and none of the main events.
As a result, his earnings nosedived to an estimated $8 million but it still kept him on the second spot in Forbe’s 2017 list of highest-paid wrestlers, right behind Brock Lesnar, who earned $12 million. The Leader Of The Cenation had his earnings increase by 2 million in 2018 which according to Forbes, makes the highest earning by any WWE star that year. The rise in his earnings was partly due to his increased wrestling schedule which saw him take part in more events in 2017 than he did in 2016.
In 2019, the fan-favorite maintained his position on the top in Forbes’ list, even though he lost the first position to Brock Lesnar again, taking the second spot with a whopping $8.5 million earning. Like other superstar wrestlers, John Cena receives a $500,000 paycheck for main event showings and also earns 5% of all merchandise sales and 25% of licensing. Meanwhile, he has remained the biggest merchandise seller for WWE.
How Else Does He Make His Money?
Besides wrestling, John Cena’s net worth is also what it is today because of his involvements in other aspects of entertainment like music and acting. Having performed a number of theme songs for WWE, he released his debut album titled You Can’t See Me in 2005, which made it to the 15th spot on the US Billboard 200 chart. 143,000 copies of the album were sold in its first week of release and it also achieved gold status from America’s Recording Industry Association.
Towing the path of his colleague Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Cena got into the movie industry not just as an actor but also as a producer. His first movie, The Marine, which was produced by WWE Studios, raked in approximately $7 million at the US box office, $18.7 million from 10 weeks of being shown in theatres, and $30 million in rentals within the first 12 weeks it was released on DVD. On the 27th of March 2009, John Cena’s second film 12 Rounds was released and he played a co-starring role in his third film titled Legendary.
Continuing in his acting career, the multi-faceted entertainer has gone on to appear in many other films including Fred: The Movie, Trainwreck, Sisters, and Daddy’s Home 2. In 2017, he played voice roles in Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania and Ferdinand. That’s not all, he was cast as a lead actor in Bumblebee the following year. Also, he starred in the comedy, Blockers, which earned $21.4 million in its opening weekend. Cena has been given a role in the 9th Fast and Furious Film and is also likely to have a role in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
Movies and music aside, the wrestler has also appeared on several television shows such as Deal or No Deal among others.