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He may have made a name for himself in the WWE’s squared circle, but now John Cena is stepping onto a new stage as the main attraction. On July 13th, ‘The Prototype’ will host the 2016 ESPY Awards at 5 p.m. PST at the Microsoft Theater in L.A.
No stranger to the world of athletic performance, Cena will be introducing today’s top athletes from a gamut of sports.
“It is truly an honor to be named host of the 2016 ESPYs,” the pro wrestling icon recently stated in an official release from ESPN. “Not only will the biggest names in sports and entertainment come together to recognize some of the most spectacular athletic performances of the year, but we’ll also raise funds for The V Foundation to further much-needed cancer research.”
Cena will be the third athlete to host the ESPYs, joining Lance Armstrong who hosted in 2006 and LeBron James (who co-hosted with Jimmy Kimmel) in 2007.
Cena made the news official on his Facebook page.
While hosting the ESPYs puts Cena in a huge spotlight, it’s not the big man’s first foray into hosting a televised event. Currently, he’s the front man for Fox’s American Grit and has taken the reins for NBC’s Today Show on several occasions. He’s also appeared in a handful of Hollywood movies, including the smash hit, Trainwreck.
Despite his growing presence on both the big and small screen, Cena told ESPN that he won’t be leaving professional wrestling anytime soon. “I’m going to be wrestling for as long as I can,” he said. “It’s something I’m very passionate about and something that I love.” Good news for all those who love to see ‘The Prototype’ take it to his challengers in the squared-circle.