John Cena tells the tale of his tantalizing taunt
As part of the promotion of his new show, HBO Max’s Peacemaker, wrestler, WWE superstar and actor John Cena went to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to be interviewed about the show and himself.
As the two were heartily conversing, John Cena started to reveal the origins of his now-iconic ‘You Can’t See Me’ taunt. The taunt, created by Cena at the height of his popularity at the WWE, was part of his all-American/hip hop theme.
Whenever this taunt was used, it was during Cena’s advantage over his opponent. He did this to add insult to injury by waving his hand over his face to make it seem he was invisible to the eyes of his opponent.
This vibe he gave was what made him such a popular wrestler and his iconic taunt was frequently emulated and became the symbol of the wrestler’s brand. For years, fans of Cena has wondered where the iconic move came from.
According to Cena, ‘You Can’t See Me’ was born out of a conversation with him and his younger brother. Cena says, ‘I became a superhero long before I donned the Peacemaker costume. I developed a special manoeuvre in the WWE called the ‘You can’t see me’ in which I put my hand in front of my face and say, ‘You can’t see me’ (Cena waves his hand in front of his face),’
He then continued saying, ‘And the reason I did this is because while we were making the album to which my theme music is on, my younger brother, Sean, was always our litmus test. He kinda liked the same music and would never go to the studio with us, and we’d come home with our tracks and we’d play it for him, and he was ruthless, man. He would never be satisfied with any song. And he heard ‘The Time is Now’ and just did this dance that Tony Yayo did in one of the G-Unit videos. It was like he put his hand over his head and was kinda like (head bobbing) … bobbed his head like that. And I was like man, ‘what are you doing?’ It looked like it’s ridiculous and he goes, no man, Tony Yayo does this thing. And I’m like I’ll do it on TV. And he’s like, ‘I dare you to do it on TV.’ Little did he know I do this on TV.’
Cena then concluded the origin by saying, ‘Basically, on a dare, by absolute chance, I figured this wasn’t visible enough (head bobbing). So I wanted to do this (hand moves in front of head). And the term ‘you can’t see me’ was like, well you’re not even on my level. And then like years later it overcame the meme culture and now it’s literally I’m invisible.’ Cena added. “People are like, ‘Why is Jimmy Fallon talking to an empty chair?’ So many people are going to say that. So I’m invisible now. On a dare, by accident.’
Amused after watching the interview, Tony Yayo then retweeted his video tagging Cena, with the caption saying, ‘Shout out to John Cena’.