Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena may be one of the most renowned names in Wrestling today but he once lived a very different life.
The 46-year-old Hollywood star, who made a name for himself after winning the WWE Championship a whopping 13 times, once lived out of his car because he was broke.
Cena had moved to California with the intent on launching a career, from becoming a police officer to working on Highway Patrol – but failed.
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During an interview on comedian Kevin Hart’s podcast “Hart to Heart”, Cena revealed that he would enter competitive pizza eating contests because he had “no money”.
Speaking in the clip, Cena said: “I failed to the point of like, man I'm like living in my car.
“I love it out here but I think I gotta go back. I took the California Highway Patrol exam, failed. So I was gonna be a cop, failed. Every avenue of fitness, failed.
“I remember bouncing at a place called Sharky's in Hermosa Beach and there was a pizza place, Zeppe's Pizza, right next to Sharky's.
“They had a deal where they had a challenge if you could eat their whole pizza, you got it for free.
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“I used to eat there every night, a whole pizza, so I didn't have to pay because I didn't have money to pay the guy”.
Recently, the Daily Star also reported despite being one of the biggest attractions in wrestling for over a decade, Cena’s first contract was so small he could barely pay his rent.
During a recent interview, the star revealed that his first contract earned him just $12,000 (£9,400) a year.
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“My first contract with WWE was $12,000 a year. I quit my job the day I was signed. I think my rent was $1,000 a month. So all my money is now rent,” he recalled.
“When I told my mum, she’s like, ‘I hope you’re okay’. My dad, I could have told him any other position and he would have been like, ‘Yeah, whatever,’ but I told him I got a job with WWE.
“‘Oh, my son. This is unreal. It’s going to be great. I can’t believe it.’ Still, to this day, he’s extremely proud.”
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