Dwayne Johnson vs. John Cena: Hunky Wrestlers Turned Actors

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Difference between Dwayne Johnson and John Cena

When the subject of wrestling figures turned Hollywood stars comes up, two names come up for contention ahead of all others: Dwayne Johnson and John Cena. Both are noticeably high profile characters obviously and their careers often bear a remarkable similarity to each other’s. Nevertheless, both men have their own distinct personalities and career paths, and this comparison article should give you an idea of what the most significant differences between the two are.

Dwayne Johnson
John Cena


Dwayne Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, and is better known by his wrestling name The Rock. Aside from being a wrestler, Johnson is also a noted philanthropist and a published author. Johnson graduated with a degree in Criminology in 1995. John Cena was born on April 23, 1977, and aside from being a professional wrestler, he has also found success as an “actor” and a hip hop artist.

Wrestling Career Highlights

Dwayne Johnson first made his ring appearance under the name Rocky Maivia, later taking on the name “The Rock” in 1996. As part of the WWE, Johnson became one of the most recognizable figures in the sport due to his skills and undeniable charisma. Johnson became the WWE world champion nine times and he later parleyed his success into a flourishing Hollywood movie career. John Cena also won the WWE championship nine times and he has also won the WWE United States Championship a total of three times. Cena was awarded the World Tag Team Championship twice.

Accomplishments Outside Wrestling

Dwayne Johnson is just as accomplished a movie star as he is a wrestling figure. While we wouldn't go quite so far as to call him an accomplished actor, his Hollywood resume definitely speaks for itself. Beginning with his debut in The Scorpion King, The Mummy Returns in 2001, Johnson has had quite flourishing movie career that was earmarked by a string of box-office hits such as Walking Tall, Be Cool, Doom, The Game Plan, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, and Tooth Fairy. In fact, Dwayne Johnson won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest salary paid for a first leading role. John Cena hasn't quite as stellar a cinematic career thus far, although he does have the dubious honor of having released his own rap album, You Can't See Me. The album performed quite well sales-wise, debuting at number 15 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Cena has starred in The Marine and 12 Rounds, and he has a string of television appearances besides, with shows such as Manhunt, Deal or No Deal, MADtv, Saturday Night Live, Punk'd, and Psych in his resume.


Dwayne Johnson

  • Also known as The Rock
  • Turned to acting after his sports career
  • Is a noted philanthropist
  • Is also a published author
  • Helped the University of Miami football team win the National Championship in 1991
  • Has a degree in Criminology
  • One of the most popular wrestling figures around
  • Nine-time WWE world champion
  • Two-time WCW World Heavyweight champion

John Cena

  • Is also a signed hip hop artist
  • Currently employed by the WWE under the Raw brand
  • Nine-time WWE world champion
  • Three-time WWE United States Champion
  • Won the World Tag Team Championship twice


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