From the second John Cena's music hits and he steps through the curtain, The Champ sends the fans into a chaotic frenzy, the likes of which have rarely been seen. Cena has always said that it's all about "real recognizing real," and that's why he has Chain Gang soldiers all over the world. Whether it's in India, the Philippines, Italy the United States or anywhere else, his loyal followers chant his name, supporting him in every match. Cena fights for what he believes in, and he fights with a passion. The Champ has never backed down from a challenge and he doesn't plan on doing so anytime soon.
In fact, it was a challenge that allowed Cena to make his WWE debut in June 2002. Kurt Angle had been on a recent roll on the SmackDown division and wanted some competition. He issued an open challenge to anyone in the back. At the time, Cena was a relatively unknown wrestler just waiting for the break. He heard Angle's challenge and realized that opportunity was knocking, so he decided to answer. Angle didn't look impressed when he saw Cena answer his challenge, but he had a different impression of the youngster after the match was over. The Wrestling Machine did prevail in the match, but Cena took him to the limit, earning the respect of the entire locker room.
Cena rapidly climbed the ranks, and he began to develop an edgy mean streak as well. By In April 2003, Cena defeated the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Undertaker and Chris Benoit. During this time, Cena, who also became known as the Dr. of Thuganomics, started to show the world his unique ability to be able to rattle off impromptu freestyle raps, running down his opponents week after week. Cena's masterful rhymes would catch the ire of his opponents, taking them off their game and giving himself a mental advantage before the match even started.
By the time WrestleMania XX rolled around, Cena was reaching the top of his game. He had the daunting task of being in the opening match of the biggest show of the year, and to make the situation even tougher, he was going head to head against the largest athlete in the world -- Big Show. It was Cena's biggest (literally and figuratively) challenge to date, and Big Show's United States Championship was also on the line. Cena was certainly the underdog, but with the capacity Madison Square Garden crowd behind him, he was able to hoist Big Show up for an improbably FU and his first taste of gold in WWE. Cena became the United States Champion.
Cena continued to impress when he defeated Kurt Angle to become the No. 1 Contender for JBL's WWE Championship. JBL held the gold longer than anyone in the last 10 years, but the Dr. of Thuganomics was able to overcome the bruising brawler. In less than three years, Cena had reached the top of the mountain. From there, Cena's popularity continued to soar. His legions of fans grew so much that he decided to give them their own name - the Chain Gang. It didn't matter where Cena went, the Chain Gang Soldiers would follow and lend their support. So when The Champ showed up on RAW during the Draft Lottery in 2005, it was no wonder that the fans went crazy.
One thing has remained constant throughout Cena's entire career; the Champ gives it everything he has and leaves it all in the ring every night he steps through the ropes. For him, it really is all about real recognizing real, and he will never give his Chain Gang Soldiers anything less.
Kurt Angle has done it all. He was the 1987 USA Junior Freestyle champion, a two-time USA Senior Freestyle champion and the 1988 USA International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles Junior World Freestyle champion. In the course of his amateur career, Angle faced several future mixed martial artists, defeating Sylvester Terkay and losing to Mark Coleman and Mark Kerr.
Upon graduating from university, Angle continued to wrestle. In 1995, he won a gold medal at the World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Following this victory, Angle began training for the 1996 Olympics under Dave Schultz at the Pennsylvanian Foxcatcher Club. During Angle's training, Schultz was murdered in January 1996. While taking part in the 1996 Olympic Trials, Angle suffered a severe neck injury, fracturing two of his cervical vertebrae, herniating two discs and pulling four muscles. Angle won the trials nonetheless, then spent the subsequent five months resting and rehabilitating. By the time of the Olympics, Angle was able to compete, albeit with several pain reducing injections in his neck. The injury led to Angle's future claim of having won his Olympic gold medal "with a broken frickin' neck!" In October 2006, Angle stated that he temporarily became addicted to the analgesic vicodin after breaking his neck.
In October 1998, Angle signed a five-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation. He was assigned to the Power Pro Wrestling developmental territory in Memphis, Tennessee, where he began training. His first match was a loss to Tom Pritchard. After several weeks of vignettes, Angle made his in-ring debut on November 14, 1999 at the 1999 Survivor Series, defeating Shawn Stasiak. Angle went on to win both the WWF European Championship and WWF Intercontinental Championship, billing himself as the "Eurocontinental Champion."
Following his feud with Triple H in 2000, Angle began pursuing the WWF Championship, defeating The Rock at No Mercy 2000 to win his first World title. In October 2002, Angle became the fourth WWE Grand Slam Champion by winning the WWE Tag Team Championship with Chris Benoit. In April 2003, Angle underwent neck surgery under Dr. Hai-Dong Jho to repair nerve and spinal damage, calcium buildup, bone spurs and intervertebral disc problems. Rather than have Jho remove the afflicted discs and fuse his vertebrae together, Angle opted for a less conventional surgery that saw Jho remove only the spurs and selected portions of the discs. The alternative surgery reduced Angle's rehabilitation time from one year to three months. Shortly after returning, Angle defeated Lesnar and Big Show in a triple threat match at Vengeance 2003 to regain his fourth WWE Championship.
In May 2006, Angle was drafted to the newly revived ECW brand. After losing to Rob Van Dam in a June 2006 episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Angle appeared sporadically on WWE television throughout mid-2006. On August 25, 2006, Angle was granted an early release from his WWE contract due to "personal issues".In September 2006, Angle's business manager, Dave Hawk, stated "Kurt Angle...has retired from professional wrestling [and] now plans to fight in the MMA in 2007."
However, In September 2006 during the closing segment of the pay-per-view TNA No Surrender 2006, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) President Dixie Carter announced that TNA Wrestling had signed Angle to a contract, with Jim Cornette introducing video footage of Angle training in a six-sided TNA ring. On the following day, Angle released a statement in which he criticized WWE, claiming he had been "held back" by the promotion.
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