Intertextuality Lays a SmackDown!

The WWE SmackDown! biography of John Cena:

Courtesy of WWE Entertainment


Height: 6 foot 1

Weight: 240 pounds

From: West Newbury, Mass.

Finishing Move: FU

Very rarely has an athlete entered the ring who can walk the walk and talk the talk immediately, but if anybody could have done it, it would be John Cena. Using an uncanny ability to perform in the ring and at the microphone in his own unique way, Cena spent his rookie year in WWE challenging the best in the business for in-ring supremacy.
A former football star at Springfield College, Cena began the two activities that would prove to define him?training and rapping. Now he is doing both in front of millions on a weekly basis.

Cena claims to already be a legend. While that issue may be in doubt, there is no denying that he has the talent to be a legend one day. He has faced some of the very best to ever compete in WWE and has held his own. There is little doubt that it is a matter of time before this young upstart has championship gold around his waist.

While basketball, baseball and football jerseys are certainly an integral part of urban hip hop fashion, it is interesting to see them being read through the text of postmodern sport — that is, as part of the "uniform" of a WWE sub-brand.


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