Like most popular wrestlers who had the privilege to evolve from a world-class superstar wrestler to a bonafide Hollywood blockbuster film star, John Cena is a very busy person. He tries to split his time between his new projects, new films, set locations, promotional tours, and world premieres, and that’s just as an actor. As a WWE superstar, John Cena also has commitments to events, especially big ones, like annual pay-per-view WWE events. He also makes it a point to join international tours. WWE usually goes to other countries and holds 3-day events. He is a very, very busy person indeed.
John Cena was born in 1977, he is now 41-years old. He started his career as a professional wrestler at age 22. He only worked with two wrestling promotions since 1999, Ultimate Pro Wrestling and WWE. He was with WWE when the company was still known as WWF (World Wrestling Federation). While he is still in contract with WWE, his acting career has also peaked as of now. His two most recent films were lead roles and he has three films currently in production. In this article are different places John Cena has gone for his films and for WWE.
20 For His Film: China
When someone thinks of China and Hollywood, Jackie Chan is one of the people that comes to mind. Jackie has been making films for 40 years now. His goal nowadays is to share China and its culture with the world through his films. This is why when John Cena got cast for one of Jackie’s films, he knew that he would be spending some time in China. The film is currently in production, titled Project X (working title) and is set to be filmed on location all around China. This could be a great action and comedy film, we know both these two stars will do well in an action film, and we can’t wait to see their chemistry as a comedic duo.
19 For His Film: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
John Cena’s first-ever leading role in a film (outside WWE films) is one where he plays a peaceful and caring bull in Spain, of all places, as a cartoon character. It was an animated feature film titled Ferdinand made by Blue Sky Studios, the same company that brought us the Ice Age films. John was the voice of the lead and title role, Ferdinand the bull, and he did a wonderful job at it. As part of his promotional tour for the film, he traveled to Dubai and spent time with fans at the VOX Cinema in The Mall of Emirates. Ferdinand went on to make $296 million worldwide.
18 For His Film: Sydney, Australia
When a Hollywood star has just finished a film, the next step is the promotional tour. When a film is made to have a global reach, like an animated film for kids, the tour would be everywhere in the world. Such is the case for John Cena’s Ferdinand. Not only is this his first lead role, it is also his first animated lead role. For a big guy like him, it seems kind of funny to be a voice talent when one has all that physical strength and skill. With the way his acting career is going, he’s very lucky to get this role. Not all actors can say they’ve starred in their own animated film, let alone be the lead in one. So we see John Cena here, and hello Sydney Opera House!
17 For His Film: London, Great Britain
The first few films John Cena had parts in were comedies, but he only had a few minutes of screen time in them. It didn’t matter, John was so good in them that they were memorable moments, sometimes even the funniest in the whole movie. His last released film is also a comedy, like American Pie but in the viewpoint of the parents. But this time, he is part of the lead ensemble cast with comedy veteran Leslie Mann (George of the Jungle, This is 40). They promoted the movie in London last March at the Global, the UK’s largest commercial radio company.
16 For His Film: The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., United States
The Ferdinand film was loosely based on a children’s book, The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf. This is a popular bedtime storybook and John Cena’s character was based on it, they both have the same name, and they both like flowers. John Cena had the distinct honor to appear in front of children inside the Library of Congress and perform a reading of the book The Story of Ferdinand. This happened back in December, how cute does a mountain of a man look reading a bedtime story to hundreds of children, and in the Library of Congress, of all places. This is just too precious.
15 For His Film: The Gentle Barn, Santa Clarita, California, United States
In California, there is an animal sanctuary that cares for abused animals, it’s called The Gentle Barn, and it was one of John Cena’s many destinations in his Ferdinand movie promotion. The animated film touches on the topic of animal abuse and John Cena wanted to advocate that by making an appearance and supporting the cause of this nonprofit organization. He also wanted to visit the young bull that was saved by the farm, they took pictures together while John tries to feed the little creature. The sanctuary currently takes care of animals like horses, cows, sheep, llamas, and emus. The Gentle Barn is located in Santa Clarita, along with Sierra Highway.
14 For His Film: The Galen Center & The Forum, Los Angeles, California, United States
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards ceremonies are hosted by celebrities, but some have done it five times. The people who did it were Candace Cameron Bure, Whitney Houston, Rosie O’Donnell, Jack Black, and John Cena. John Cena was the host for the last two ceremonies. In 2017, it was held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Kevin Hart was the runaway winner that year with 3 awards. Other blimp recipients were Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Hemsworth. In 2018, John hosted again, this time it was held in Inglewood at The Forum. These hosting gigs just showed how loved John Cena is by young audiences as well.
13 For His Film: NBC Studios New York, United States
Not all WWE wrestlers get the chance to be invited to talk shows in their career, and there are a lot of talk shows out there. First off, Larry King, then we have Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, and Seth Meyers. John Cena has been interviewed to all of these shows. But one of the best is the longest-running talk show in the world, The Tonight Show, now hosted by Jimmy Fallon. John Cena was on The Tonight Show three times just in 2017. He was a guest in March, June, and December. He is a colorful character and hosts love him. He gets to go to studios and mingle with different celebrity guests, and always crushes it during the interview.
12 For His Film: Queensland, Australia
John Cena’s first lead role was produced by WWE Studios, it’s, of course, an action movie titled The Marine. This seemed a long time ago in 2006, 12 years ago and Cena had not tapped the Hollywood scene yet. The film actually did well, considering the budget and the box office returns. Filming was done mainly in Queensland, Australia, some parts in Brisbane, as well. This might have launched John Cena’s acting career because films just kept coming and by 2010 and he had at least one film every year since. His other WWE produced films were 12 Rounds (2009), Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014), and The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! (2015).
11 For His Film: San Diego Comic-Con, United States
This is probably the biggest and the most exciting film John Cena has ever done in his young acting career. The reboot of Transformers; Bumblebee’s story has finally come. What’s more exciting is that John Cena is part of the main cast. Acting alongside teen superstar actress Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, 2010), John Cena’s acting chops will be tested here. The film’s title is, of course, Bumblebee, and produced by Transformers guru and director Michael Bay. A trip to San Diego and Comic-Con was expected since Bumblebee is an original Hasbro character. John Cena headed to San Diego with the rest of the main cast and director Travis Knight for the traditional panel for the Bumblebee film coming this Christmas.
10 For The WWE: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Look at where John Cena is now, he is on track to be the next big thing. In terms of acting and charisma, he may be better than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But to get to where The Rock is now, Cena has a long way to go. At least he still makes appearances in big WWE events, and he did not miss the biggest WWE event in 2018. It literally was the biggest Royal Rumble with 50 participants and was aptly called The Greatest Royal Rumble. Held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, John Cena and Triple H had a match to start off the event.
9 For The WWE: Shanghai, China
A couple of years ago, the WWE toured Asia, and one of their stops was the largest country in it, China. The WWE didn’t pull any stops, and they put on a great show for the Chinese people. The event was held in the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai at the Expo Avenue in the Pudong district. A historic night for WWE fans in China, it was a Saturday, on September 10th. There were 9 matches scheduled for the event, and 3 of them were title bouts. The first was a 3-way tag team championship match, then the Raw women’s title and the last was the Universal Championship.
8 For The WWE: Manila, Philippines
Before the Shanghai event, John Cena and the rest of the superstars touring with him stopped by the Philippines first. They landed in Manila and held a one-night-only event for the die-hard WWE Filipino fans. It was a great show headlined by Cena, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and veterans Big Show and Chris Jericho. Eleven-thousand fans rushed to the Mall of Asia Arena in the Bay City in Pasay, Manila to watch their idols slug it out in the flesh. One electrifying moment was when Cena finally had Big Show on his shoulders, after a few failed attempts, and slammed him down for the finish.
7 For The WWE: Australia & New Zealand
Years of professional wrestling takes its toll on a wrestler, sometimes a change of venue and a change of pace helps with the routine of the hardworking WWE superstar. This is exactly what John Cena did in New Zealand and Australia. It was a 4-day event in three cities in Oceania, which started off in Auckland, New Zealand. Day 2 was held in Melbourne, where Cena met guest timekeeper and Australian football icon Brent “Boomer” Harvey. The third event was held at Adelaide Entertainment Circle in Adelaide, and the last stop was Sydney. John Cena defeated AJ Styles and there were 8 other high-caliber matchups including the United States Championship.
6 For The WWE: Tokyo, Japan
Understanding the art of fighting means spending time in the land where it is actually treated with respect and as an art form. Japan has been the destination of WWE international tours for years and 2016 was not an exception. It was the middle of the year and they scheduled a 2-day event in the Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Day 1 was a match between Cena and AJ Styles, Styles came out on top after 17 minutes. Day 2 was an epic 6-man tag team where Cena’s teammates were Jay and Jimmy Uso, against AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson. This time, Cena and the Uso brothers won.
5 For The WWE: Kallang, Singapore
Singapore was still a developing country 50 years ago, then it became one of the top tourist destinations and a global financial hub in Asia. Singapore has the best airport in the world, the Changi Airport, one of the best railroad systems, airlines, and modern architecture and buildings. It also has one of only four Universal Studios theme parks in the world. In 2015, WWE and John Cena visited the country for an event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang. The show featured 9 matches, and the main event was a matchup between John Cena and Kevin Owens, where Cena won via disqualification.
4 For The WWE: Europe
A 9-day European tour was one of the longest tours WWE has ever done in its international shows. The WWE had 11 shows in 6 countries all over Europe. The following countries were gracious enough to welcome John Cena and the WWE, Scotland, England, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, and Switzerland. WWE also recorded tapings for their Smackdown and Raw shows, both done in England. Five of the 11 events were held in England, and the card featured bigtime championship matchups. Tag Team, Divas, United States, and the World Heavyweight Championships were all on the line in this Europe tour. The United States Championship was John Cena’s match with Rusev.
3 For The WWE: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Nothing starts a year right like a 3-day international tour in Abu Dhabi. And nothing starts a 3-day tour right better than a street fight matchup between John Cena and Seth Rollins. This was the main event of WWE’s Day 1 Abu Dhabi tour. On February 12th, the WWE set off for the Middle East. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Here, a tourist should not miss the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Ferrari World theme park. Day 2 was a tag team match Cena had with Dean Ambrose against Luke Harper and Rusev. They closed the tour with the WWE Intercontinental Championship between Cena and Bad News Barrett.
2 For The WWE: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A towering building is a sight to behold, but what’s better than that? Twin towers, of course, more specifically the Petronas Twin Towers. KL, or Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel, it stands 557-feet high and is still the most popular tourist site in KL. Other sites to visit are the Batu Caves and the Merdeka Square. John Cena flew off to Malaysia last October 2014 and had two WWE shows in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of the country. The first night was a 9-matchup event, the second was an 8-matchup event, and John Cena was in the lineup for both nights.
1 For The WWE: Berlin, Germany
You can never have enough of WWE, this is what the Germans said when they were watching their favorite WWE superstars in the 2014 Wrestlemania Revenge Tour. A 2-day tour in 2 cities, the last of which is Berlin. Germany’s capital city, Berlin is a tourist city with at least 25 good tourist sites to experience German history, culture, art, and architecture. Start with the Brandenburg Gate, then on to the Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial. The Revenge Tour featured 2 championship bouts and the main event between John Cena and Bray Wyatt. At this time, Cena was about to be cast in the film Trainwreck. Now, look where he is today. Congrats to his career in Hollywood and the WWE.