This hardcover book is 208 pages long, divided into five short chapters and it's perfect as a coffee table trophy for all members of the "Cenation".
The author, Steve Pantaleo has more than ten years of experience at WWE. He wrote many books on wrestling superstars such as The Rock, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus. Pantaleo also authored the WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide which makes him one of the most knowledgeable people in the world of wrestling.
This time he produced a truly excellent title about John Cena - "The Face of the WWE." Wrestling is all about images and in this release you will find more than two hundred colorful photos depicting the life and evolution of the most famous "babyface" of all time. The book also comes with one of Cena's famous armbands (similar to the ones you can get at the WWE events), and other bonus materials.
The foreword by Vince McMahon offers some behind-the-scenes information and after that, we dive straight into a sub-chapter with some little known facts about the wrestler. For example, Cena is an avid poker player, and is reported to have spend a sizable amount of time accruing skills on online platform PokerStars, allowing him to made a stellar debut as a professional the World Series of Poker. He also loves and collects muscle cars such as 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360.
Chapter One contains stories about his childhood and they're especially interesting for fans who want to learn more about Cena's background. Then there's a lot of information about his rise to fame as a wrestling superstar, and especially his early days as "The Prototype." It's great to look at these facts just to get a feel for the breadth of Cena's career. It makes you realize that often, a unique gimmick is what paves the way for a successful wrestler.
Later chapters contain exciting information about Cena's WWE career. There's information about every crucial match he ever had, his signature moves, outfits, nicknames and entrances. Often the facts are presented in an easy to read, infographic form which enable readers to catch a quick glimpse of Cena as a wrestler. The book also contains a neatly designed career timeline with all key stats and figures.
All in all, I would recommend this book to all members of the "Cenation". Just like with other WWE titles, there's tons of tightly-packed information presented in an attractive way. In addition to quick facts and career highlights, this release contains quotes from Cena himself and among other things, information about his work ethic and his mindblowing exercise routine.
+ Great design and dozens of colorful photos
+ The wristband and bonus materials
+ Lots of statistics and highlights from Cena's career
- The book sometimes lacks in-depth information and life stories
CRITIQUE RATING SCALE: 3-COUNT (Pinfall Victory)
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