John Felix Anthony Cena is an American professional wrestler, actor, and former rapper, currently signed to WWE. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, he is tied with Ric Flair for the most world championship reigns in professional wrestling history. Born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, Cena moved to California in 1998 to pursue a career as a bodybuilder. He switched to professional wrestling in 1999 when he debuted for Ultimate Pro Wrestling. He signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 2001, where he was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling. After moving to WWE's SmackDown roster in 2002, Cena gained fame and success after adopting the persona of a trash-talking rapper. He won his first singles title, the United States Championship, in 2004. The next year, he won the WWE Championship, and his character changed into a clean-cut hero. He led the company as its franchise player and public face for the next decade.