Is John Cena Natural or on Steroids?

john cena on steroids

The time has come to do a steroid analysis on The Rock’s wrestling archenemy, John Cena!

Aka the guy who says “you can’t see me” whilst waving his hand up and down his face as a shield…

nicholas cage meme

I’ll stop taking the mickey now, this is a guy who can deadlift 664lbs (301kg) or 3 of me (1).

The WWE star initially wanted to become a bodybuilder after graduating with a degree in Exercise physiology (2). However that dream only lasted a year after he decided to become a pro wrestler.

John Cena’s stats:

  • Height: 6ft 1
  • Weight: 114kg
  • Body Fat: 9% (approx)

Due to the sheer size of the guy, many would presume he’s on steroids. However when he was asked about his natty status in a TV interview, he strongly denied any steroid-use and vowed to be a lifetime natural.

Here’s the interview below:

One thing that really stood out during this clip was the fact he licked his lip at 12 seconds in.

This can be a common sign when someone is lying. The reason for this is because your adrenaline levels spike when you tell a lie, and this stress hormone dehydrates your body – making your mouth/lips dry within a matter of seconds.

However, studying body language can only tell you so much…so lets take a look to see if John Cena has any steroid symptoms…

Signs of Steroids

Flushed Skin

red skin

John Cena can sometimes be seen with a pink colour to his skin.

This is a sign of an elevated body temperature, which is a common side effect of anabolic steroids.

This flushing especially appears in the upper region of the chest for many steroid-users and John has this in several of his photos.

The pink colour is a sign of warm blood locating itself near the surface of the skin. From there the excess heat can be lost in the air, cooling the body down.


Generally John Cena has an aesthetic physique with a reasonably small waist, however in some pictures you can see some mild bloating in the stomach area when he’s not sucking it in.

This could be bloating from excess water retention or it could be a very mild form of ‘steroid gut’; due to HGH/insulin use.

Bloat like this is extremely rare in nattys, but very common in guys who juice.

Blocky Appearance

Here’s a before/after picture of John Cena.

The first picture was taken when he was 18, 3 years before he graduated from college and decided to become a pro bodybuilder.

john cena transformation

When comparing the two pictures there are many obvious differences:

  • His waist/midsection is considerably thicker
  • He’s is more muscular
  • His skull has grown

Steroids make you more blocky looking, including your waist, which has grown significantly in Cena’s case.

A tiny waist is a sign of a natural bodybuilder.

Steroids are notorious for causing this extra thickness around your hips/midsection.

More Muscular

The picture shows that he’s got huge after the age of 18. John Cena actually started lifting weights when he was 12, being bullied at the time (3). This tells us that he’d been lifting weights for 6 years and thus by the age of 18 he would’ve experienced all of his newbie gains.

Huge guys who are natural have amazing gains when they first start lifting, then they pretty much stay the same size for the rest of their lives, with their progress tailing off. However, in John Cena’s case he made huge gains after already lifting for 6 years.

A natty would have maxed out on his genetic potential by this point, so this immense growth is a big indicator of steroids.

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Skull growth

John Cena’s head has literally almost doubled in size.

You might be thinking:

“I didn’t know your head was a muscle?!”

It’s not.

The fact Cena’s cranium has got much bigger is because of human growth hormone. Excessive levels of HGH cause bone and tissue growth in the body, enlarging the skull and even the nose.

john cena steroids


Based on the evidence it seems like John Cena has taken steroids.

  • He blew up AFTER 6 years of lifting weights
  • Has some bloating
  • Pink coloured skin
  • A much bigger head
  • Much blockier midsection.

Potential Steroid Stack:

  • HGH
  • Dianabol
  • Testosterone

It appears that John’s likely to have used human growth hormone, which explains the enlarged skull.

He probably hasn’t taken insulin in conjunction with HGH, hence how he hasn’t got a typical ‘HGH-gut’ that’s protruding out of his belly.

He wouldn’t have gained much size/mass from taking HGH alone, so he’s most likely taken dianabol or/and testosterone too.




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Ernst Peibst

Ernst Peibst | Writer

Ernst Peibst is an expert in anabolic steroids and PEDs with over 3,000 hours of research. He's been educating people for 7 years through his articles, written after studying science papers, expert books and consulting top doctors in the field. He is a former bodybuilder and creator of multiple fitness websites.

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Andrew Cumstead
Andrew Cumstead
2 years ago

Ersnt you are wrong, once again you complete and utter fool Janos Szena is clearly natty, he is a grass fed hunk of beef that you will never be ernst, he breastfed as a child and now im 8 feet tall and 300 lbs of lean body mass, that only happenes from all natural milk, something you clearly never got you formula goblin, even thogh i am wheelchair bound and could still take you with one of my bloated testes taped to my eyes

8 months ago

Oh no… It’s retarded.

Chris Bumcum
Chris Bumcum
2 years ago

Whatever that Andrew guy said, I 100% agree.

8 months ago
Reply to  Chris Bumcum

Oh no…. This one is also retarded.

2 years ago

He clearly takes something…good job on the article. These other guys are idiots and probably using the stuff too. Good reading..thanks!!

2 years ago

agree rabbit

Charles hildenbrand
Charles hildenbrand
2 years ago

Juice and other stuff.

1 year ago

I Agree
I believe that in one way shape or form these wrestlers do consume steroids. The fact that Mr Cena went from a small individual to titanic in the WWE then winds up looking like a normal human being in his hefty trash bag commercials. The Rock in the movie the GAME PALN to what he looks like in the fast and ferocious (“Can you smell what the rock is taking” HGH!!!). And not to mention the fact that these guys can come back from rastling injuries that would have us mere mortals laid up for months only takes them a few weeks to heal… I say good genes “perhaps” and a good heaping helping of Uncle Vinny Mac’s Pasta Ala Steroids…

8 months ago

This is the crappiest article I have ever read. The writer has no idea what they are talking about and this should be taken down for misinformation… I would laugh but this is a disturbing excuse for an article and the fact that it is so high up in a google search is sad. I know I’m late to the party but get this the FK off the web… It is false.

8 months ago
Reply to  K S

What is false about it? He states scientific facts about adverse effects of steroid use and claims that pictures of Cena indicates such adverse effects. However he claims that Cena was natty when he was 18 years old. Of course he was taking steroids at that time. An 18 year old can’t build that kind of muscles. But I don’t believe that hgh stuff about his head. The head grows in different ways from when you’re 18 untill you die naturally. Especially your nose and ears.

8 months ago

Good article. But the comparison when he was 18 and the recent pic wasn’t that good. He has pretty much the same muscles on both pictures. Look at the shoulders. An 18 year old can’t get those kind of muscles if he’s natty. His bones isn’t fully grown, his puberty isn’t complete yet. Have you seen an 18 year old at your local highschool? Men peak at 25 maybe, before that they can’t look like that, Arnold looked like that when he was 18, but he has admitted he wasn’t natty. Also you claim his skull has grown since he was 18. Of course it has. Your skull has probably grown since you were 18, that’s perfectly normal since you were still producing high levels of growth hormone until you were about 25 and fully grown, all natural. John Cena, The Rock and many others in Hollywood aren’t natty. But so what, it’s for entertainment and they make millions for themselves. The health risks … They know about them, they are grown-ups. However in competing sports unnatural enhancers can never be tolerated.

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