WWE really wants to get into China, so it got John Cena to speak fluent Chinese



When did John Cena start taking Chinese lessons? At a press event in Shanghai onThursday, the entertainment wrestling superstar got up in front of the media and delivered a smooth address that lasted nearly three minutes.

He was speaking at the WWE’s announcement of a multi-year distribution deal it signed exclusively with Chinese streaming service, PPTV.

The deal marks a solid commitment to China for WWE, which on Thursday also unveiled its first Chinese wrestler, Bin Wang, as well as the first WWE live event in China in the past three years, to be held on Sep. 10.

During Cena’s speech, he assured the room that the WWE shows coming to China starting Jun. 28 — SmackDown and Monday Night Raw — would be in Chinese so local audiences could understand.

“Our shows go out to 180 countries, but in the past, we weren’t so big in China,” he says.

Cena’s Chinese skills certainly did not fail to impress. He delivered the speech fluently, and appeared not to be reading off notes, given that he paused a few times to seemingly form the next sentence in his head.