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John Cena on Hosting the ESPYs, Juggling Jobs, and Changing the Perception of WWE

As he prepares to headline one of the biggest nights in sports stardom, we talked to the wrestling superstar about sweating through suits, the single hardest part of stardom, and his possible (probably not) career in bear wrestling.

Whatever you think about John Cena, there’s no denying this: The guy knows entertainment.

He is the ultimate “heel”-turned-“face,” America’s prime distributor of Attitude Adjustments, and one of the only men in the entire world who can turn bedazzled jorts into a style essential. He has 24 World Wrestling Entertainment championships to his name, a half-decent rap album, and starring roles in half a dozen movies over the past 10 years.

But while the muscle-bound Massachusetts native is comfortable on the canvas and in front of the camera, he’s still finding plenty of new challenges to keep him sweating. (Literally, in some cases.)

On the eve of his star turn as the host of ESPN’s heralded sports award show, the ESPYs, Cena dished on his new hosting gig, the unexpected challenges of being a WWE star, and his possible (albeit highly improbable) foray into bear wrestling.

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Men’s Fitness: You said on Good Morning America that you’ve already sweated through two suits over your opening monologue at the ESPYs. What’s got you nervous?

I guess different environment. It’s a weird situation: I use sport to entertain, but the athletes receiving these awards represent pure sport. It’s just a little bit of perception. But I don’t want to get off on the wrong foot. I just want everybody to have a good time and a good show. And I think that’s what we’ve got.

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