WWE Star John Cena to Host Reality Series ‘American Grit’
When John Cena went on hiatus at the end of October, he was very hush-hush about the reason. Although rumors suggested he was due to host a fitness reality show for FOX, neither Cena nor WWE would confirm or deny the news.
Well, as it turns out, the rumors were right on the money: John Cena finally confirmed that he will be hosting a reality series called American Grit, which is set to air on Fox. The series will run for ten episodes, and will feature everyday people undergoing the grueling courses and drills that are fundamental to military training.
“The U.S Military is the epitome of resolve and dedication, which is why I am so excited to be a part of American Grit,” Cena said in an interview. “This show will not only be a challenging and fierce competition, but it will give viewers a glimpse into the perseverance and training of the men and women of the Armed Forces.”
“We are excited to be working with Fox and John Cena on a show that highlights the American spirit of competition, which is epitomized by Cena,” added Brent Montgomery, the executive producer and CEO of Leftfield Entertainment. “With John as their inspiration, our contestants will show viewers what happens when you swing for the fences with focus, commitment and teamwork.”
No premiere date for the show has been announced just yet, but this looks like the type of show that would be held for midseason. Perhaps it’ll premiere in March, which is right around the time Empire and other shows come back from fall hiatus.
As for Cena, this all fits into WWE’s approach with the 15-time champion. Although far from an armed forces man himself, WWE has presented Cena as its ambassador to the armed forces. He’s been the face of the Tribute to the Troops programs, and he’s often been the embodiment of patriotism on WWE programming. Hell, whenever there’s a foreign heel that needs to be taken down a peg, Cena is usually the one to do it. So it’s not a big shock that the most patriotic man in WWE (well, avoiding legends like Hacksaw Jim Duggan, or “Real American” Jack Swagger) is hosting a show that illustrates just how hard it is to be an armed forces serviceman.
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