Following the footsteps of Roderick George “Roddy Piper” Toombs and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, unarguably the greatest and most popular professional wrestler of his generation, has successfully transitioned from sports entertainment to the world of cinema. He made his film debut in the 2000 buddy comedy ‘Ready to Rumble’, but it wasn’t until 2006 that he landed his first starring role in the WWE production ‘The Marine’. Despite a soaring career inside the ring, his initial years as an actor were filled with struggle. The oozing charisma and the natural talent for dramatics that his pro-wrestling character possesses did not find their way into the characters he portrayed on-screen.
The list of John Cena’s early movies include ‘12 Rounds’ (2009), ‘Legendary’ (2010), and ‘The Reunion’ (2011), all of which were failures. The 2010-release ‘Fred: The Movie’ is generally regarded as his worst film. In 2015, he starred in a series of comedies which would turn out to be some of best films of John Cena’s career: ‘Trainwreck’, ‘Sisters’, and ‘Daddy’s Home’, the last being the most successful and top grossing John Cena film, earning $242.8 million at the box-office. He delivered his best performance to date as U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Shane Matthews in the war thriller ‘The Wall’ (2017).