Is John Cena Natural Or On Steroids? Are wrestlers strangers to the needle?

WWE Pro Wrestler Superstar John Cena is one of the many wrestlers with impressive physiques that would make even bodybuilders turn their heads on the street.

On top of everything John Cena is very lean, especially for a wrestler. That makes us wonder: is John Cena natural or is he using anabolic steroids?

How big is John Cena?

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According to various online sources John Cena has the following stats:

Height: 6’1″ – 185 cm;
Weight: 240 – 251 lbs – 109 kg – 114 kg;

The body fat of John Cena has not been officially listed, but it’s safe to say that in many of his photos he does not appear to be more than 8-10% BF since his lower abs are quite visible and ripped.

In our guide for natural bodybuilders we have listed the maximum bodyweight of a natural bodybuilder who is 6’1″ tall at 190 lbs. This is a number for genetically gifted individuals before a contest (5% BF and in water depleted state). It’s aksi a number that’s extremely hard to achieve and most people will never get even close, at least not naturally. Well, John Cena is about 40-50 lbs above it already.

How big is John Cena compared to former bodybuilding champions?

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Serge Nubret had huge back and didn’t deadlift.

At 6’1″ 240 – 250 lbs John Cena carries more lean body mass than many former bodybuilding champions. One example that you are already used to seeing is Serge Nubret who at his best was 6′ @ 200-217 lbs. Even though Serge Nubret was leaner and more conditioned than John Cena the latter still has more lean body mass than the former had in his prime. This leads us to the logical question:

How is it possible for a natural lifter to get bigger than one of the most talented bodybuilders known to man kind?

Related article: Steroids Used During The Golden Era Of Bodybuilding

John Cena is even bigger than Arnold Schwarzenegger who competed at 6’2″, 235 – 240 lbs. To make the matter even worse for Cena Arnold has admitted to steroid usage many times, instead of completely hiding everything like most guys do.

Related article: Arnold Schwarzenegger Was On Steroids – Lots Of Them


Once again, how is it possible for a natural to achieve the size of Arnold completely naturally when Arnold is considered the most gifted bodybuilder to THIS day and used anabolic steroids himself? That does not make any sense whatsoever.

Don’t forget that John Cena also has a bodybuilding background.

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Back in the day John Cena used to compete in bodybuilding shows. There are many photos revealing that he was a big bodybuilder and definitely had that Photoshop look which is almost impossible to achieve for a true protein powder only bodybuilder.

As you can see in the image above John Cena has a pretty decent bodybuilding physique even by today’s size standards. How is it possible to be that big and still 100% natural?

Another day, another ‘mystery’.

Why would wrestlers be natural?

Many wrongly believe that bodybuilders have copyrights on steroids. This is not true and all professional athletes use a lot of the stuff. Wrestlers do not make an exception.

Do you really think that wrestlers have some secret weapons that help them build insane muscle mass naturally? Not really.

In fact, bodybuilding and wrestling have many things in common. They’re both SHOWS. Everybody knows that wrestling is fake. It’s staged and even though it’s still a hard sport, it’s mainly done for entertainment. It’s a little hard to get up once you get hit by a chair in the hands of a 300 lbs professional fighter, don’t you think?

If the goals of both, bodybuilding and wrestling, is to create an illusion in order to entertain people and make a profit, why would wrestlers hold back instead of going all the way? It makes no sense. More muscle mass, more entertainment, more cash.

In one of the best documentaries on anabolic steroids ‘Bigger, Faster, Stronger‘ one of the main characters is Mike Bell a.k.a. Mad Dog. He was able to be a part of professional wrestling for a long time and was one of the guys that were actually paid to lose in order to make the other guy look good. Mike Bell was honest about his anabolic steroid usage and was still on because he was trying to get his name among the popular wrestlers once again.

If you want to get a better inside, we highly recommend that you watch the movie. It really shows how important steroids are in the world of bodybuilding, powerlifting and sports in general.

But John Cena works so hard? Maybe he just outworked everybody?

There is no doubt that all successful athletes work really hard to achieve success. This is true about every sport and we don’t question John Cena’s work ethic. However, no matter how much time you spend working out, you can’t go beyond the limits of what can be achieved naturally, the same way you can’t make gravity disappear. No matter how high you jump, you will always come back down.


  1. Jesse

    This article doesn’t cover the fact John cenas arms are 18, chest probably a 50, at 8% body fat. Arnold’s stats were 22 arms and 57 chest in contest at 4-5 % body fat. Body builders train hypertrophy. If cena were to cut down to 4-5 % body fat, his weight would be likely 215 ish. Either way John cena based on his stats and size it’s not enough to conclude in definately he is on roids as its very possible to get to where he is without taking roids. My lifts are not far from him and my weight is heavier just not defined. I say he’s natural

    1. John Wayne

      People in Arnold’s day competed at a higher body fat percent than today. He was never on stage at 4-5%. Just look at his glutes and legs. That being said, the comparisons to bodybuilders were a tad bogus. John Cena is clearly smaller than virtually everyone he was compared to. His weight is exaggerated, and he’s carrying a lot more fat than the bodybuilders. I realize that their proportions also create the illusion of size, but he’s still looks obviously smaller. That being said, he still appears to slip outside of what is achievable naturally. I’d be much more surprised if he were a natural than I’d be if I found out he was a juicer.

  2. Brad

    Arm to shoulder ratio. That says it all. No matter how big you get you will always have that awkward small shoulder… Like cena. The rest of his body doesn’t fit his shoulders it’s 100% proof If you use steroids

  3. NuttyGuy

    John cena has no bodybuilding background. He was a wreatler & is wrestler & will be. Its completely wrong that he is bigger than arnold. I mean what a joke. He is not natural but have not took steroids as professional bodybuilders tooks.

    1. You're an idiot

      You fucking moron. There are literally photos in the article from John Cena’s bodybuilding days. Read the damn story before you comment, jackass.

  4. Pro Wrestling

    He may be natty. I doubt it. Considering the PG era of WWE, I’d say he is. But, I know at one time he used major gear. He had to. Injuries and other stuff, lead me to believe however, he is or has definitely taken HGH or something similar. It’s a famous anabolic for pro wrestlers. I know. I’ve spent time in the indies and other shitty Feds. Where there’s no testing, drugs are abound and they are openly used among wrestlers. Painkillers, Benzos, Steroids and Growth Hormones are the drugs of pro wrestling. I prefer test and deca. I do like GH. Very good shit. I am using the GH for the first time. My knees have damage to ligaments and my doctors say three weeks, I say, two and I’m back to work.

  5. mike

    Saying that a bodybuilder of six foot one inches tall can only be ripped at 190 pds is foolish. Steve Reeves was a lean 215 pds in the forties and fifties. The sad thing about weight training today is the younger generation just wants to talk about steroids all the time.

    Steve Reeves did inclines with 120 pd dumbbells and squatted 400 for reps. I was able to build myself up to 230 pds with a flat stomach. Not a ripped stomach where the abs are visible. In years past I seated front pressed 225 pds for eight with a bar without drugs. But whiners in the gym always muttered steroids under their breath over the years.

    That being said Cena does not look natural. Those of us that have been around the game for 30 plus years
    notice the difference of an assisted body compared to a natural one. But it is how he makes his living and there is another guy waiting in the wings to take his job if he cannot perform.

    Jack Lallane said it best regarding sports. this is paraphrased
    sports are about winning and as long as winning is important people will take steroids.

    The kids that are taking them today just to look buff are complete idiots and I watch them in the gym and they do not train hard at all. It is sad weight training is a life affirming activity. But you add those drugs and you are just a hormone addict.

    1. Smokachu

      I disagree with your notion that Cena does not look natural. I think you’re comparing Cena’s look now, well out of competition and not really caring what his body fat % is, to a bodybuilder’s physique. What makes him look “not natural” for a bodybuilder is the fact that he’s not lifting as a bodybuilder anymore. He’s not doing the intense workouts to get himself in competition shape, or even lifting for appearance beyond maintaining his build, his workout routine is designed to maintain his physique, and keep himself in shape for the ring. That means a lot more cardio then a bodybuilder would do, which means less time on the weights, so he has to work his routine around that. If he decided to go into competition again, in 6 months he could easily get himself in “competition shape” and his body would look “normal”

      1. Cohen

        Cena was disqualified from a bodybuildig comp because of a thought of roids but that was before the drug testing so whenever someone looked like they’ve been taking them they were out also he’s been working out since 12 so I agree with you he’s natural

  6. Finfrosk

    Jeeeez, how naive, gullible and downright stupid are the commenters here? People don’t get that type of physique without steroids. Just, no doubt. His arms are thick as tree trunks. Plus, those pics from his bodybuilding career; he is so obviously not natty. Just look up some natural bb’s, nowhere near. Sorry guys, Cena is not natural. Which would be totally cool if he just didn’t pretend to be natural.

  7. Z

    I mean, I’m one of those “genetically gifted” guys. Whether you want to believe me or not, I was able to lift railroad ties when I was about 7 or 8, my brother and I caught a car that was rolling down hill with our bare hands. Whenever I do workout for a couple months, I quickly gain a lot of muscle; according to football coaches, I’m very fast for someone my size (6’1, 250lbs); needless to say, really, they were sad to see me have to leave the team.
    Been REPEATEDLY accused of steroid usage over the years, although I could never even contemplate using the stuff due to family health history – especially in terms of heart health. Just in-born strength; blessed with it. I mean, most guys around me brag about their 1 rep max being about 220-250 lbs, which I was able to laugh off the first time I did it.
    AND my test levels have been about a 4 on a 1-10 scale; I’ve begun intermittent fasting (look it up; its known to boost test levels through some survival mechanism or something) and I’m getting even stronger and gaining more muscular endurance.
    All that said, I’m willing to give Cena the benefit of the doubt until concrete evidence ever comes out.
    As I said in the beginning, you can choose to believe me or not, but this has been my life. In fact, most of my life growing up, I thought I was of average strength at best; but as I’m getting out into the world more, I’m discovering I’m actually much stronger than the average person. Not that I’m letting that go to my head, mind you; I pride myself on being humble. I tend to think it helps keep ya honest.
    But all this has been my experience in life, thus far.
    Besides, its just an opinion, if you don’t like it. If Cena is on ‘roids, who cares? Can’t catch secondhand ‘roids, so whats he hurting other than himself?
    I mean, trying to tear down another person by trying to expose them is kinda petty.
    Granted you could argue he’d be setting an unattainable example, but regardless, some people are built big, some aren’t. Its just genetics; the hand you’re dealt.
    I say you should just follow proper workout procedures – appropriate workouts, diet, and supplementation – and be happy with what you’ve got.

  8. Cody

    What most of the commenters on here are missing is that the body DOES have natural limits. You can’t just get as big as you feel like. You cannot get as big and lean as Cena without assistance.

  9. ggrieser

    It’s sad this is even being discussed. When will people learn? He’s 100% guaranteed to be juicing, like so many others. Few ever admit it, because it’s considered wrong or cheating. So they’re obligated to lie about their over blown workout routines and “superior genetics”. It’s all lies at Cena’s level. Wake up. Kids need to realize this. I guarantee millions of people have worked out as often, as hard(er), as smart and with the same genetic potential and they’ve never seen anything comparable. Yes, you’re likely putting in the same effort, thought, diet and dedication, and you’ll never see the same unnatural growth your heroes display without gear. And they wouldn’t either. They’re not evil, but theyre not being honest. The Rock? Give me a break… Cool guy, obvious user. All pro bodybuilders, repeat ALL, take steroids. You can stop wondering.

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