Cena, the 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and record-setting Make-A-Wish Foundation granter, is host and executive producer of Fox’s new military-inspired competition series. He also has appeared in hit comedy features Trainwreck and Sisters.
ESPN’s annual event commemorates the past year in sports by recognizing major achievements of top athletes, reliving unforgettable moments, and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPYS raise more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano to promote cancer research.
“It is truly an honor to be named host of ‘The 2016 ESPYs,’” said Cena, who is repped by ICM Partners. “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.”