WWE legend John Cena reveals where ‘U Can’t C Me’ catchphrase came from as he promotes his Transformers movie spin-off Bumblebee
WWE legend John Cena has revealed his famous “U Can’t C Me” gesture began as a dare.
The 41-year-old has become arguably the biggest star ever to set foot in the wrestling ring since his debut against Kurt Angle back in 2002.
And the joint-record 16-time world champion is proving to be just as much as a success away from the squared-circle thanks to his blossoming Hollywood career.
But it was during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show to hype his upcoming Transformers spin-off movie Bumblebee that the Leader of the Cenation explained how his catchphrase came about.
Cena said: “I was actually making the music for my own theme song that you just so heard and finally serenaded me to, thank you very much. We played it for my brother. The first time he heard it, 50 Cent’s crew had a really popular song called, ‘In Da Club’, and he heard it the first time and instead of dancing, like he was our litmus test to see what songs were good and what songs were bad, he did this (Cena performed the U Can’t C Me movement).”
“I’m like, ‘Dude, what are you doing?’
“He’s like, ‘Nah, everybody does this man, everybody does this.’ And I guess this is from 50 Cent’s video.
“He’s like, ‘You won’t do it on TV’. What the hell do I got to lose? What are they going to do, fire me? Of course, I’ll do it on TV.
“But instead of doing this (still hand), I do this (the hand movement he went on to make famous). And now for fifteen years, because of a dare, I’ve been doing this (hand movement).”
Cena has taken on a part-time role with WWE over the past year while he continues to work on his blossoming Hollywood career.
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The former world Heavyweight Champion has starred in movies such as Blockers, Trainwreck and Daddy’s Home 1 and 2.
He is also in Bumblebee and Project X-traction opposite legendary martial artist Jackie Chan.
Cena is returning to the ring for WWE on Boxing Day at a live house show in Madison Square Garden.
The superstar is also scheduled to appear on Monday Night Raw on January 7.
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