Kyle Johnson

Today in Debunkery: John Cena is Not Dead

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He's probably squatting a whole buncha weight at this exact moment

Update (3/10): John Cena is still alive

John Cena

John Cena: not dead, still won’t give up
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Rest easy, WWE Universe. John Cena is not dead.

While perusing the terms that bring folks to The News Wheel, I noticed an unusual number of folks searching for something along the lines of “John Cena dead in car accident” or “John Cena car accident.” Being that I am something of a wrestling nerd (and by “something of a wrestling nerd,” I mean that I listen to New Japan Pro-Wrestling themes while I work), I decided that I’d try to get to the bottom of this matter.

Guess what: John Cena is not dead. This story–much like the story of the 2016 Lincoln Continental and the tale of the 200-mile Ford EV–is a complete hoax.

Turns out that this hubbub stems from a September 2012 article from International Business Times, which bears the headline “Is John Cena Dead? WWE Superstar Reportedly Dies, Victim of Celebrity Death Hoax”. Note how the whole “hoax” part is conveniently placed at the very end of that particular headline.

Now, if you were to search for “John Cena dead” on Google, this is what you get:

John Cena is not DeadSee the (possibly intentional) truncation of that original IBT headline, which very much makes it look like Cena is dead. Also see the top result, a photo gallery from of a car accident involving Cena. Circumstantially, the idea that John Cena may be dead suddenly seems plausible. At least until you, ya know, think about it. With your brain parts.

Now, let’s use those brain parts and think about this together for just a tick. If John Cena—15-time WWE Champion and one of the most prominent faces in pro wrestling in the last 20 years—were to die in a car accident, does anyone actually believe that WWE would choose to honor him by putting up a nice big gallery of pictures depicting the accident that claimed his life? Sure, this is the WWE—a company that is no stranger to exploiting death for any number of reasons (see: “Eddie’s in Hell”,  “Viva La Savings!”)—but that would be pretty low even by their standards.

In reality, WWE’s photos depict the tepid aftermath of a March 19th, 2012 accident. While traveling to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for that evening’s taping of Raw, Cena’s Chevy Tahoe was rear-ended by an Acura CL that had been rear-ended by a tractor trailer. The damage: some scrapes to the trailer, a busted up butt for the Acura, and a misplaced Bowtie emblem on the Tahoe’s rear bumper. Next: Proof John Cena is Alive…

Cena was “a little shaken up” with symptoms consistent with whiplash, but he was in good enough shape to defeat Mark Henry later that night in an eight-minute match on Raw. Yes, Super Cena no-sold the damage of an honest-to-bah-gawd car accident. (It wasn’t clear if Cena hit the Acura with two consecutive shoulder tackles, ducked a wild punch and countered with a Protoplex, hoisted his right hand into the air, waved his hand across his face and told the car it couldn’t see him, hit the ropes, brushed his shoulder off, dropped a glancing fist, and scooped the vehicle up for an Attitude Adjustment for the clean finish.)

Below, you’ll find the highlights of a totally-not-dead John Cena beating The World’s Strongest Man that same night (stick around for a special appearance by The Rock at the end):

John Cena is still alive. He’s still working Rusev at Wrestlemania, he’s not turning heel any time this century, and you still can’t see him (though I’m not entirely sure if his time is still now given the whole “Old Man Cena” bit).

I can’t say the same, unfortunately, for Daniel Bryan’s main event push.

Though, as far as last tweets go, this would have been a good one…

…but John had to go and mess it up by 1) still being alive and 2) squatting like an absolute boss.

Hot damn, son.

Next, Update on John Cena’s Death Hoax…

We’ve got the latest scoop on John Cena’s not-deadness. Check in to see if he’s still hustling, being loyal, and respecting (the rules of the road):

Update (3/10): John Cena is still alive!

This image of Cena undergoing surgery on his elbow in 2013 is one of the many red herrings leading folks to suspect that the wrestler had died

This image of Cena undergoing surgery on his elbow in 2013 is one of the many red herrings leading folks to suspect that the wrestler had died


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    Kyle S. Johnson lives in Cincinnati, a city known by many as "the Cincinnati of Southwest Ohio." He enjoys professional wrestling, Halloween, and also other things. He has been writing for a while, and he plans to continue to write well into the future. See more articles by Kyle.

  • sulesh

    R u alive?

  • I am very happy.. May god bless u my hero

  • Shinu

    What happend dear ..r u alive?

  • I trust in the Lord u r alive n well my star.

  • shivakumar

    Thank god God bless you

  • plzz tl is john cena alive ?? .. god save the warrior

  • GOPI ramanagara

    When i heard that news abt ur d…., im totally shocked, bt i knw 1thing The diamond didnt broken easily …..
    I love u fr urs respect on ur work & loyalty

  • he is superman and superman never die ..

  • ericko might

    HOpe he still alive…..Amin.

    • piwasking


  • oh my god my hero my friend my guest my heart r u ok

  • sujitra meganathan

    I trust in the Lord u r alive n well my star.
    thank god

  • best way is to check wikipedia.. if that doesnt show died part means the person is alive

  • vikki

    Never give up thank god cena is alive


    thanks god

  • I like you john cena

  • Rex Travolta

    Cena still alive. We just hang out at the gym just now.

  • IF you think he’s dead now, wait till he squares off with Rusev.

  • Nalina

    god please bless cena….lov u cena

  • ricky

    John cena I know tat this is fake news..thanks to god ur OK. Brother I’m waiting to watch ur wrestlemania fight.our support are always with u brother. Never give up…..

    • John is never gona give up
      John gona crush rusev soon at wrestlmania
      John you are hero of world

      • Pavan Kumar Bellala

        John god blessing are along with you
        You are my favourite and. Wwe is wait for your match

      • Aman ullah

        100%right df


    My friend you are not going to anywhere for leaving wwe and us.
    You are hustle loyalty in wwe and out arena of we.
    Dear friend we need you as became our hero and he is never give up in his entire life.
    I thank to god you are steel alive in front of each an every one of entire world.
    God bless you my friend for your victory at wrestlemania against rusev.
    So go ahead to beat rusev.

  • johan cena is not ded is come back man

  • Mano

    Thank God champ is hear

  • Vijay

    Really god is great

  • chinnu

    It’s not that much easy to break diamond…..I mean CENA ur a ANTIC DIAMOND….


  • naveencena

    Fahim shah I am the cena’s no1 fan.I can,t say anything I like u and my request to all, plzz don’t give fake msgess and don’t play with my feelings

    • aswin

      I love my john cena .I am a big fan you
      You nevar dead . thanks to God.

  • Balaji

    Real hero in wwe

  • fahim shah

    Mr.ashok kumar why u miss cena ..he is live.yaar dont say miss u.

  • gilly…a keepar

    Cena should be fighting against russev in wrestlemania

  • amar harihar

    U r ok god bless u n miss u

  • I am shock that news. I don’t like to says that word. I am waiting to see you in wrestling.

  • I love u cena….. ur a kingdom of wrestler

  • ashok

    ur my real hero….

  • jaison

    i love you ceeeeeeeeeeeeena

  • thanksssssssssss………………………………

  • Ganesh

    True Champion Never Die And,

  • Bharath

    Thank god

  • Lv u cena…..

  • mani

    Love u cena u r my hero I love you u are never die ummmmaa….

    • Binod jamatia

      My john is not dead i love my john

  • suspence

  • maninder

    may u live long my dear

  • shriram chitti

    cena never dies

  • i love you cena

    god bless you

  • Saravanan

    Oh my god its really God thank so much

  • priscilla vera
    • ravi

      He is one of the best tough conttender in wwe then I am so happy

      • aftab

        so happy my super star John cena

  • siddu

    Love u jhon

  • tina

    I don’t believe you are dead…maybe someone make story only…..i love cena play in wwe…..

    • Hassan Chouhan

      tina you blive that

  • mohan

    johncena not die…return to wwe champion

  • shiva

    tnx god my star is alive i like him

  • raju

    Thank god , we all Indian never nd every miss u cena.pls reply fast

    • Thank god

    • Thanks god jhon cena is not dead I’m Yogananda india,karnataka ,Bangalore

  • simona

    post Smthng new dat u r okk pls mah superstar reply pls

  • Not Even God Can Dare 2 Harm U Sir…….

  • taslim

    miss u yar

  • Alexx wong

    God bless you

    • Rahul Puri

      Never Give up………..? U R the real superstar johnnnn Cenaaaaaaaa


  • kaushal kishor

    Live tooooo long my dear brother u r the hero of WWE

  • Thank god….johhny boy alive

  • sundaram

    When I saw the msg through what’sup I really really very sad and cried. But after see this site I am k I love john cena u r living with 100 years

  • s.sampathkumar

    thanks god my cena return wwe

  • Thank you god



  • pushkar

    Thanks yr cena love u merit jaaanjaaan

    • pushkar

      Love u meri jaaaaaaan

  • jonh cena son:thaneshwaran

    yes man my hero is alive, he not give up to he dead,I love u dued!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks god i love you john

  • Kapil S

    Thanks god i love you john

    • Gurbinder Singh

      Thank god god bless you

  • My ICON.. John Cena
    I am Speechless, am happy news was fake, Take Care, You’re best all time..
    Good Luck

  • Ajay Singh Deshwal

    Really John cena is alive
    God bless him

  • Thank god…r u alive

    • So answer God bals you

  • amansandhu

    Lv u Lott

  • Ravi India Tup

    cena how are you?

  • I love you Jon. I mis yoy

  • pradeep

    Miss uuuuuuuuuuuuu…….

  • saravanan

    he is a real hero



  • Sid

    John Cena
    God Bless you…



  • Rajesh Jadhav


  • Rajesh Jadhav ( KAKADSHET)


  • Thank god
    John you are my faverate hero
    May you leave long

  • Prabaharan

    Thank God
    I know John You will com Back to the WWE
    I Hope You will Never Give Up

  • pankaj

    Never Give Up

  • Parneet

    I am very happy ……………… u john u are my real hero

  • vijay

    Thank god for u r alive and god bless you . I love u john

  • kushagra samvedi

    John this is a fake news or not I am your big fain I live in India …….
    You are the bast I no your thort is “NAVER GIVE UP” I love you man…………………..

    • abhishek shete

      I l u my hero give up get well soon

  • John is alive. Thts a fake news. N he is a big big star for wwe universe

  • Ankit

    Thank God …
    God Bless You Lot

  • Raj

    Thank god the news is fake….

  • Thank god the news is fake…
    Really John cena is alive
    God bless him

  • salman

    Thank god

  • salman

    I m big fan four john cena

    • Riiiiiishi…..!!!!!

      John cena…….god bless you. Misssss u dear

  • vishal

    Hiii my fvrt hero john cena wht happend dear

  • dheeraj


  • Amit

    all the best…..dear

  • pradeep kori

    Really am happy about this news..thank god.



  • I love john cena miss u bro

  • thank u lord fa save my champion… uuuuuuuuu john rock onnnnnnnnn……

  • Nilesh Patil.

    Thx god such his great man i love john cena…..

  • sam

    thank god our champ is alive

  • subash


    • kuldeep sharma

      God bless u John

  • Pradeep Gaikwad.

    Gos bless him
    Really Jhon is a pleasant personality.

  • Akansha

    Cena my champ
    uh r real hero cena
    so happy aftr i got news.that uh r alive
    luh uh soooo mch….. My love cena
    get well soon nd stay blessed cena
    waiting for the news of ur recovery

  • Karman

    I like my hero

  • 17441744

    Thank you god

  • rahul laghane

    Really…… iam hapy fr hering that news was feak…….lov u jhon

  • Raj

    John cena I love you

  • syed

    Jhoncena ku sahayat adha farma ameen…

  • jitendra

    God keep you safe anywhere anytime…I pray god for your long and safe life…

  • Shravan Cena


  • Amar

    God blesss u my real super hero

  • God bless my dear cena brother

  • rahis

    John cena is the best in wwe .. I will pray for john cena…. john cena never ends

  • Prabhjot singh

    I very happy because you r alive..

  • Sachin

    hustle loyalty respect to my hero

  • Kimambo Peter

    my God help heal and return you to your strength

  • kailas badgujar

    thank god, champion come back

  • aravind&shashi

    god bless you cena

  • sandeep bura

    God bless you the real hero of WWE

  • Thank good i love john cena

  • Ohhh almighty Allah. May Allah bless you John Cena. You are our Hero

  • Madhavan

    Cena dead
    God is dead

  • surjeet saini

    Yes yes yes yes john cena is superstar in hole world still alive m very happy thanks god

  • bhupal

    i love you cena and thanks god

  • Jhon cena not a ordinary man it’s dimond

  • Manoj Kumar

    I m very happy john Cena u are very great

  • ajith kumar

    Never give up cena

    • shiv chourasia

      love you cina

  • Anil khamat

    i am verry Happy…………..

  • shadab khan

    Allah plz save john cena ameen allahumma ameen summameen

  • khan

    Hi john i never wont to loss you buz you are the wwe superstar forever please come back soon

  • sivamani

    Thank you god

  • i am happy ………………………………god bless u cenation

  • i am happy feal thanks god

  • shubham mishra

    Ohhh tnkh gd ….chmp is here

    • azhar

      .i am very happy my fewrit hero is a live

  • I’m very happy with my jonCena is not dead

  • I am very happy with the my jonCena is not dead

  • Thanks god is my hero is here

    • azhar


  • kanchan

    thanks god love u sir.

    • Raj Singh

      tankxxxxxx god alive for john cena

      becozzzz iam big fansss

      john cena my best hero all world

      • Lemlem

        We are very excited to know that you are still alive.

        Love you lotsssss from South Africa

  • Saurabh Raje

    I belive cenation
    because it is umlimited source of entartainment….
    Because John Cena is immortal

  • John when I heard that u r died my heart sank in sorrow now I heard that u r alive I was really very happy god bless u my Champ !!!!

  • venkatesh

    Ho my god….

  • shoaib ansari

    Thank you so much god join cena alive…i am so happy….thank you veri veri much god…..

  • my student john cena ……..i ll gve hm re birth…… , my masters name yashu deva’s blessing

  • Sandip Autade

    tyanks god,,,,love you cena ,,,ur my fav……,

  • john david

    the champ is never dei…….!

  • U r a true person and real hero my Frnd cena..god always with u.I m so much happy to know that u r all right..thnx god ..god bless u takecare

    • murugan

      Wich Basted tell john cena is deth no he alive at resellmaniaa by murugan

    • samy

      Thank God .my favourite star john cena alive……..

  • I very very very very very happy friend bcz John cina is my life and heart John cina I love you and miss you puppy Bhai John cina jinda h

  • Ravish . MV

    Thanks my God.l love John cena don’t& never give up my sweet friend.

  • Thank god…..John cena is alive….v r happy

  • Raja mohsin

    Thank god you are alive john.. we all love you john..

  • Mangesh Bandal

    Thank god. I was shocked here. And my brother started to crying! !!!!!

    • vishvapratapsinh

      Ya…I am also…..

      • arun

        my favera hero john cena .thanks god

  • ignite Joseph

    Tank god

    • chandu

      I am soooo happy he is WWE HERO I LOVE JHON CENA

  • I’m happy because john cena alivealive

  • Thank God he is WWE super Hero My Bro

  • Bhop Bhadur

    Thank god my hero is alive

  • Chakresh

    Thankssss God John Cena is Aliveeee Thankssss

  • shweta

    Than u god,,,,,,,,,, jhon cene is Save love u jhon

  • Rajesh Venkat


  • jiten vasave

    is john cena really alive?

  • Ravi Shankar Agnihotri

    I was shaking after listen the news on whatsapp, but thank God it was fake news and he was safe. When John Cena will die, all WWE Universe will die

  • Rakesh

    Don’t know Which stupid spared this rumors he is a llive and he will face rusev at wresalmaniaa 31 for US Championship

  • wwe hero is johncena
    my hero is johncena
    thank you very much god
    all of hero is only one of my johncena

  • Nitesh

    Rise Above HATE CENATION……love you cena

  • nimit dogra

    My supar hero is united state champion is wreslmenia

  • biswajit saha

    Don’t know Which stupid spared this rumors John Cena is die, He is still Alive and he will face rusev at Wrestlemania 31 for US Championship. I feel 2 bad after listen the news on wtsapp, but thank God it was fake news and he was safe. When John Cena will die, all WWE Universe will die

  • Jess, biggest kenyan fan

    Is there no law to sue such media who talks about hoax issues like this…… Why kill the living? I always feel so bad by such issues on the Internet

  • dino

    I dont belive john cena died..i like to wwe john cena.

  • navya

    john i thought that we missed you but god is their

    • arun007

      cena is alive..we all love u cena

  • sunny soni

    cena is my idol he is the best champion in the worl


      John became 15 times wwe world heavyweight champion. He can do everything.

  • pavan vyas

    we miss u

  • Miki

    Hey John…Get well soon..we all missing you…

  • arti sharma

    hi sir

    i am happy because you alivealive sir tak cayar

    • amin

      Tnx godness that u are alive we want u back as soon as u can iwill pray for u john.
      I am Your from Republic Islamic Of Iran

  • sailesh

    hey john my fab celebrity …..get well soon



    • Thushan S JC

      hi dear, friend i’m thushan. from srilanka. i’m a johncena fan. what happned to john? pls reply me



  • Amit

    Cena we want to watch you in fight soon

  • Festo Mpazi

    Never give up bro!

  • Tauheed Ahmad

    It was a shivery news for me when I listent, Cena has been died in a car accident. Now I’m happy listening it that he is alive. Champ never die.

  • vinay

    Cenation…. Cenation means never give up.. He never died…… He is champion of Champions…….. Respect u cena

  • sanjeev

    thank god

  • HOAX

    If you say that the accident is a hoax… then check what wrestlemania sign is being showed… it’s 28 not 31… i believe that prove’s more

  • sahil

    i love my hero when the rumer said john cena is dead i was very shocked my heart stopped for 1 minute but after that i searched in net then i know john cena is still alive ii really love my hero

    • Karan Rastogi

      I love my hero when the rumer said john cena is dead I was very shocked my heart stopped for 1 minute but after that I searched in net then I know John cena is still alive ii really love my hero….

      I love my hero I love my hero
      I miss you I miss you

      • Guest

        Rly john

  • rachu

    I so scary about ur fake death news now i’m so happy love u my one and only super hero

  • sahadat

    Thank good .I am very happy.

  • thavakkumar mikunthan

    Thank God I am very very happy get well soon John cena

  • ras samson

    a lot respect for ya john ,,, get well soon big boy god bless ya
    “NEVER GIVE UP” ha peace



    • ansar

      Thanks god my hero is alive and I will very very very happy…


    I thanx 2 god u still alive

  • shiva

    God will know wen he wants you da so dooooont worryyyyyyy cena.this is shiva.india

  • Kenneth

    God is in control of every bodys life,
    So my guy John don’t be angry about this ok

  • ganesh


  • ravi

    time god

  • Sridhara Sri

    come soon ceana

  • Arvind Sharma

    i really shocked when my brother say john cena is died on car accident thanks to god that my hero is live and i pray that he will get better as early as possible for wrestlemania……………..

    • salihu habu

      people in this world can created bad news every please for does use to sent this massge have to be arrested and punish. am from nigeria

  • zohan

    ufff now i get relief.. thnx 4 d info he can’t die.. he is d 1

  • rabia

    I.knew it it cant b possible lv u…may hw live my life too

  • netrapalsingh

    I m soooooooooo happy
    John cena is alive……… thank god

  • saddam hossain

    I m soooooooooo happy
    John cena is alive……… thank god

    • salihu habu

      John Cena is a great wrestler in the world, and hero. dead is possible but fabilious story, for those who praying john cena dead they will die and live him alive. May God Almighty be your strongth. thanks

  • adeel khan

    i am very Happy cena is back

  • jeeva

    thank god…….wwe super star alive……….!

  • Len Twoj Kvc

    Thnx god he’s alive….
    the hero of united states!! 😀

  • Shamshair Baloch


  • M.H

    اووووووه خداي من، واقعا خيلي خوشحالم كه جان سينا سالم و زنده هست!!
    اون بازيگر مورد علاقه منه

  • abiator

    thanx the most high that my favourite wrestler survive what would i have enjoyed if not seeing him fight

  • Naoba Meitei…

    yamna thuna faba oiro oja cena ei nangi pangkhani … ymna thuna faba oiduna sanabungda thorklo nangi mrupsingna ngaiduna nangbu leire…

  • Shahnawaz

    jhon cena died or alive tel me please

  • sonu

    I am veriy happy

  • Get Edoo

    jhon cena died or alive tel me please? i like him.

  • Tabish Musheer

    its update on march 4
    he deads

  • Tejas Rane

    Thank God u are alive
    Big fan of urs
    Survive your battle all is your

  • Ahmet Gurbuz

    John cena that my favourite Wrestler John cena give never up

  • mayo

    so happy that john cena is not dead I was getting so worried

  • Sagar Prasad

    Oh my god I’m very happy ♡♥♡♥it is john cena alive

  • pavan

    Ur my hero ,ur the best example of NEVER GIVE UP

  • rahul muthamizhselvan

    True wrestler never dies.. god is great …i love you john cena

  • mohammed shahid

    you are idots john cena not died that is fake news and you see wwe this sunday night of champion 5pm sethrollins vs johncena come new usa champion

  • Kaium Ahmad

    R u alive ????

  • prince gupta

    he is my super star

  • halskyjr123

    wow 100 procent he is alive im very happy