John Cena had an interesting childhood, where he was different from his friends from the earliest days. He was a big fan of hip hop, while the environment he was in was the total opposite of him. “We all either have a story of, I was a bully or I used to be bullied.
Some people have both. I got bullied for listening to hip hop music growing up in West Newbury, Massachusetts, 1200 people, it was jeans and rock and roll and hairband metal in the late 80s, early 90s. I loved hip hop and I would dress like Kid ‘n Play, house party style, rayon polka dot, wing tipped shoes, you name it, like the Chris Cross pants on backwards”.
- John Cena said, as quoted by pwmania.com
John Cena talks about his character
Cena gained a lot of experience on the wrestling scene and learned some key things. John believes that one of the most important things is to take care of your character and present it identically, both in public and in WWWE.
“WWE is one of those last bastions of gray area. If you confuse the audience, they’ll see through it and they don’t believe, and this was a facet of my personality. It was kind of like my comeuppance to those kids used to kick my ass when I was 13, like, hey, see, I can do this and people can relate to it, so it felt really good.
But you never saw me from like ’03 to ’07 where I wasn’t outlandishly dressed trying to talk some trash on somebody. lt was who I was. It’s difficult in WWE because the more you break away from the story you’re trying to tell, especially now when the audience sees everything, the more difficult it is for them to believe who you are”.