WWE star John Cena to attend Collingwood president's lunch at home game against Essendon

WWE star John Cena to attend Collingwood president's lunch at home game against Essendon - 17th June 2017

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John Cena (top) wrestles Triple H at Wrestlemania 22.

by Anthony Colangelo

Rob Lowe, Mr Bean (aka Rowan Atkinson), The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson), the Dalai Lama and Usain Bolt - they've all been high profile guests of the Collingwood Football Club (or have at least been photographed holding the Magpies' famous black and white stripes).

Well, the Pies look set to add another name to that list.

Fairfax Media understands WWE wrestling superstar John Cena will attend the Collingwood president's lunch at the MCG on July 8, as a guest of the Pies, before Collingwood's clash with Essendon.

The 13-time WWE Championship winner, actor, philanthropist and one of the biggest stars in the history of professional wrestling will attend the lunch while he is in Australia for the "An Evening with John Cena" speaking tour, hosted by Karl Stefanovic.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson meets Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley during a visit to the the Collingwood Football Club in 2004. Photo: HAMISH BLAIR

Cena is not scheduled to speak at the president's lunch and it is unknown whether he would be involved in any activities or media appearances with the playing group.

The wrester - known for his signature move "the Attitude Adjustment" - is being brought to Australia and the Collingwood-Essendon game by Fast Track Events, the same company that brought actor, stuntman and martial artist Scott Adkins to our shores earlier this month.

Adkins was a guest of the Melbourne Football Club at the Queen's Birthday clash where he also met McGuire.

Cena's whirlwind tour of Australia will see him arrive on July 7 and then leave in time to be back for WWE action in the US on July 11.

The speaking event hosted by Channel 9 personality Stefanovic will take place at the Plenary at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and at The Star in Sydney and the Gold Coast.

His latest movie which is still in the process of being shot is Daddy's Home 2 with Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg.

Cena's presence as a guest of Collingwood is not a first celebrity foray for the club.

Collingwood have regularly had celebrities and high profile visitors to Australia associated with them during McGuire's reign as president.

In 2003 American actor Rob Lowe - known for his roles in The West Wing, Thursday's Child and Brothers & Sisters - joined Collingwood in the huddle to sing the team song after their win over St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

Then in 2004 action movie hero and WWE superstar The Rock met Collingwood players and coaches at the Westpac Centre. He received a Collingwood jersey, a ball and posed in the black and white stripes for the cameras.

But they weren't to be outdone by Mr Bean (aka Rowan Atkinson), who in 2007 joked his way around the Westpac Centre with players and coaches.

In 2011 then-Pies defender Heritier Lumumba met the Dalai Lama in Melbourne and handed him a personalised Collingwood jersey and a Sherrin.

McGuire wasn't to be shown up by O'Brien though. In 2012 while in Oslo, Norway McGuire presented Olympic legend sprinter and fastest man in the world Usain Bolt with a Collingwood jersey.

Bolt has since posed in a West Coast and Richmond jersey on separate visits to Australia.

WWE wrestler John Cena will in Australia for a speaking tour, hosted by Karl Stefanovic. Photo: Jim Spellman

(Fairfax Media)