Is John Cena on Steroids or natural?

  • By: Dave Moffat
  • Date: September 1, 2022

If you haven’t heard of the name John Cena you surely must be living under a rock for, John Cena has become a household name not only in the Unites States but across the world, having millions of fans comprising of all age groups. John Cena, a 43 year old American pro wrestler, WWE Superstar who has been in the ‘ring’ since 1999, has several achievements including five-time United States Champion ,four-time World Tag Champion and a 16-time World champion, in addition to being an actor and a TV presenter.

John Cena standing at 6’1” tall weighing 250 pounds and exhibiting immense power and strength was one of the best WWE stars the world ever saw.

He has apparently been lifting weights since he were just 12 years old and had a pretty ripped physique at 18, he later went on to pursue a course in Exercise Physiology.

He has also authored the New York Times Best-seller children’s book, ‘Elbow grease’ and has been a constant supportive figure and a Make-A-wish granter.

John Cena is one of the most-liked celebrities with his polite, calm and disciplined demeanour and not to forget that his tweets have a separate fan following for it being philosophical, reassuring and encouraging to millions.

With such iconic celebrity status comes the outpour of questions, “Is John Cena on steroids?”, “ Is he lying about being a natural?”, “Is it possible to look like this without having taken steroids?” such topics are always controversial with big celebrities, because one wrong take and it will all lead to chaos.

Here’s our take on whether or not John Cena is on steroids:

1.CNN interview

In a 2007 interview when asked about if he was on steroids Mr.Cena was reported to have said the following and was aired as such : “This is a crazy question and it’s something that’s tough to answer just because of the way society is now. The way people conceive things, because performance-enhancing drugs have got the spotlight and it’s a hot thing to talk about. I can’t tell you that I haven’t, but you’ll never be able to prove that I have.”

Later CNN was accused of editing Mr. Cena’s response which was originally “Absolutely not. “After which he continued with “that’s a crazy question” part following which he said  “Because each one of you out there has an opinion on how I carry myself, and I can take a million tests – I’ve been tested for drugs since I was 17 years old. 

I can take a million tests. I can pass every one of them. As soon as I pass it, there’s some guy on the other end going ‘Oh, there’s masking agents, there’s this, there’s that.’ I know the arguments because I’ve been in the situation. This is a subject that is very, very near and dear to me only because since I was a very small child I have worked my [butt] off to get to where I’m at, and it [stinks] to have to deal with people saying that I rely on a crutch.

 I take great pride in the fact that I have a God-given gift of above-average natural strength, and I show it off whenever I can, because to me that’s fun, that’s entertaining, it’s what I love to do.”

So form this one would happen to think maybe John Cena is after all a natural.

Is John Cena Natural? 

There’s no doubting that John Cena is one of the most physically impressive men in the world. But is he natural? That’s a question that’s been debated for years.

On the one hand, Cena has always been unusually large and muscular, even as a child. He started lifting weights in high school, and his physique only became more impressive from there. In addition, Cena has admitted to using steroids in the past, which would explain his unrealistically large muscles.

On the other hand, Cena insists that he is drug free now, and there’s no reason to disbelieve him. He regularly passes drug tests, and he has never been suspended for violating any drug policies.

Cena has never been caught cheating on a diet or workout routine, which would be fairly easy to do if he were using steroids. In all likelihood, John Cena is not natural, but he is still an incredibly impressive athlete.

2.Comparing before and after pictures

On comparing a picture of an 18 year old John Cena,one where he has already had pretty fully developed muscles and the one’s in the following years , it is hard to not notice the massive increase in size. If he was a natural, his physique wouldn’t have exponentially enlarged this way. Here were a certain things that makes us doubt if John Cena was on steroids after 18:

-More muscular

There seems to be an exponential muscles growth after his 18th year, although he has claimed to have been lifting weights for 6 years prior. If he was a natural, owing his physique to his genes, then his muscles would’ve shown mild increased in growth in the following years and worn out their growth potential, which isn’t the case with John Cena who almost doubled up later in life. So this once again throws light on the potential usage of steroids.

-Increased skull size

Human skull doesn’t necessarily grow in size greatly post-puberty, some amount of growth does take place but in Cena’s case, his quite obviously bigger head size is indicative of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) usage. HGH is one of the many steroids taken by pro wrestlers and body builders.

-Flushed skin

It is common knowledge that people on steroids often have flushed skin due to increased blood pressure and thin skin which reflects the underlying pooling of blood in extremities. Upper part of the body and Cena’s chest has appeared pinkish, flushed in many incidents.


Yet another cause to suspect John Cena was on steroids is his bloated upper body. People on steroids tend to retain more water that naturals, leading to a bloated appearance. Their upper body muscles are over-developed giving a more fuller, rounded appearance.

-Bulkier midsection

One of the side effects of steroids is causing increased thickness around your waist and midsection region.


From what we’ve gathered we would like to conclude by saying that although John Cena’s ripped physique from when he was 18 years old might be owed to his genes and workout regimen, his following competitive years might have seen the usage of steroids. 

Steroids or not John Cena has been a thorough professional and been an inspiration and idol to many and hope he continues to make this world a little bit brighter with his kind heart.

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Hi, I'm Dave Moffat the founder and Chief Editor of and certified International Personal Trainer and Certified Nutritionist. My passion has always been bodybuilding but with 15 years' experience in weight loss programs too, it's hard not to mention all that when you're working at your fitness level fullest (I hope). When Im not in the gym or spending time away from my family i often think about what advice would help others achieve theirs goals just like these inspired mine.