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A few former and current female WWE Superstars have admitted to having crushes on John Cena in real life.

After debuting on the main roster in June 2002, The Leader of the Cenation quickly became a fan favorite for the Stamford-based company. Over the next few years, he became the best guy and the face of WWE.

As he rose to fame, many female fans had crushes on the 16-time world champion, including Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and reality TV personality Snooki. Some former and current female WWE Superstars have also admitted in recent years to being attracted to Cena growing up.

Here are three WWE women who have admitted to having crushes on John Cena in real life.


#3. Liv Morgan, WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion

Growing up, Liv Morgan was a huge WWE fan. Although she looked up to several superstars, the 28-year-old’s favorite was John Cena. The current SmackDown Women’s Champion had a crush on The Leader of the Cenation.

Morgan has repeatedly spoken of his attraction to Cena. She said WWE Pop Question that she thought the 16-time world champion was “the coolest ever” when playing the Doctor of Thuganomics character.

“I had a huge, huge, huge, huge, huge, huge, huge crush on John Cena. I thought he was the coolest ever. He walked out with his hat upside down, soldier of the channel my brother,” Morgan said.

In a recent interview with Complex, the SmackDown Women’s Champion revealed how Cena influenced her wrestling career.

“I loved John Cena, I thought he was the asshole. I had such a crush on him. He pumped his little sneakers, and I pumped my sneakers, and I didn’t even have pumps. I just [pretend] to push my little pumps [while watching him on TV]. I thought he was amazing. He has been, whether I know it or not, a subconscious influence on my career. You know because he wore sneakers for most of his career, so I think maybe that’s something that’s stuck in my mind, and maybe a reason why I like to wear sneakers sneakers,” she explained. (H/T – Wrestling Inc)

Morgan and Cena are currently on the WWE roster. While The Leader of the Cenation is now a part-time superstar, the former member of The Riott Squad is active on SmackDown. The two, however, recently shared a behind-the-scenes photo on RAW when Cena returned in June 2022 to celebrate his 20th anniversary in the company.


#2. Zoey Stark, Former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion

After competing for a few years on the independent circuit, Zoey Stark joined WWE in January 2021. The 28-year-old has been active on NXT 2.0 ever since. She is now a former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion.

Stark admitted to having a crush on John Cena growing up. In an interview with What’s NeXT in June 2021, she revealed that she had several The Leader of the Cenation posters on her wall.

“I had a bit of a crush on him growing up. You know, I had my big head on the wall, you can’t see me posters everywhere,” Stark said. [2:41 – 2:50]

Last month, Stark became the number one contender for Mandy Rose’s NXT Women’s Championship after winning a battle royal on NXT 2.0. The two superstars will now face off for the title on the August 16 episode.


#1. Former NXT star Jessie Elaban

Former NXT star Jessie Elaban had a crush on John Cena growing up
Former NXT star Jessie Elaban had a crush on John Cena growing up

After playing volleyball at Concordia University in Texas, Jessie Elaban (fka Jessi Kamea) transitioned into professional wrestling in 2017, joining Vince McMahon’s company. The 33-year-old competed for about four years in WWE before the company released her from her contract last November.

While training at the Performance Center, Elaban admitted that she was attracted to John Cena growing up.

“Okay, it was John Cena, just because, you know, he was making his own trumpets and the music was coming out, but then I heard he was dating Nikki Bella, and I was like ‘oh, it’s sad’ because I was like, ‘I love him too and I just didn’t want to get in his way,” Kamea said on a 2017 episode of Ask the WWE PC. [1:01 – 1:12]

After her release, Elaban walked away from wrestling for several months. However, she returned to the squared circle last May, joining Coastal Championship Wrestling. The former NXT star has since gone five matches and remains undefeated.


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