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John Cena leads wrestlers in WWE show at Covelli


Published: Thu, May 7, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

The budding movie and rap star is giving his all to each pursuit.

wire and staff report

The WWE is known for developing stars (including Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura) who can succeed in Hollywood.

Is John Cena next?

‘’I’m going to be the first guy to work two full-time jobs,’’ he said. “I’m certainly not going to leave wrestling anytime soon, but I’m not going to do movies as a hobby. I really want to devote 100-percent effort into any project I get involved with.’’

The wrestling hunk starred in “12 Rounds,” which was released in theaters nationwide in March.

Cena and a full contingent of WWE stars will be at Youngstown’s Covelli Centre (formerly the Chevrolet Centre) Saturday for a Raw Live show, which will not be televised. Cena and “The Animal” Batista will face “The Legend Killer” Randy Orton and The Big Show in a tag team match.

Saturday’s card — which, as always, is subject to change — also includes MVP, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes, William Regal, Jamie Noble, Santino Marella, Mickie James and Maryse.

Cena is also active in the music business. He released the rap album “You Can’t See Me,” which debuted at No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in 2005. He has made appearances on television shows including “Manhunt,” “Deal or No Deal,” “MADtv,” “Punk’d” and “Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race.”

Cena is gearing for his third action movie, which is in pre-production, under the WWE Films banner. Filming is tentatively set for the summer.

“12 Rounds” was Cena’s second time making a movie with the production company WWE Films. Not surprisingly, both films fall into the action-adventure genre.

‘’Absolutely, I feel that is the type of movie I’m best suited for,’’ Cena said, “because of the audience familiarity on what I do every Monday night [on television] for WWE on Raw. They’re used to seeing me take names and kick butt.’’

In “12 Rounds,” Cena plays Danny Fisher, a New Orleans cop struggling to save his kidnapped girlfriend (Ashley Scott) from a revenge-seeking criminal (Aidan Gillen).

Cena, 31, worked with director Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”) and producer Mark Gordon (“Speed”).

“I was able to show a little bit more depth in character, show a little bit of vulnerability,’’ he said, “but at the same time still show all the qualities you need to save the day.”

As he did in his first movie, “The Marine,” the 6-1, 240-pound powerhouse performed his own stunts.

XThis story contains information from the Miami Herald.


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