John Cena is one the top wrestlers in the WWE, and he is one of the most hard working athletes you will ever see. This has transcended into him becoming the global superstar we all know today.
However, it wasn't always this way for Cena. From the day he made his WWE television debut against Kurt Angle back in 2002, the 15-time World Champion has had to establish himself, just like Hulk Hogan, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin had to before him.
One way to achieve this is for a superstar to come up with a motto or a catchphrase that people will remember. For The Rock, it was 'If you smell what The Rock is cooking?' For Stone Cold, it was 'Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ***!' For John Cena, it was 'You Can't See Me'.
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As we all know, the 38-year-old issues this taunt to his opponent - whilst waving his hand over his face - before delivering a Five Knuckle Shuffle to his opponent is lying down in the middle of the ring.
The Leader of the Cenation explains the origins of the 'You Can't See Me' taunt in his new book, "Hustle, Loyalty & Respect: The World of John Cena." Via WWE.com, this is an excerpt from the new book.
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"“It’s a gift and a curse because people who like me do it and so do people who don’t.”
"“The ‘You Can’t See Me’ thing was a joke from my little brother,” John Cena explains. For a long time, people wondered about the origins of his famous diss. Now a common axiom woven into the fiber of mainstream sports, The Champ reveals the brotherly buffoonery that started the phenomenon.
"The Cena siblings were testing out some fresh hip-hop beats for John’s upcoming album when, as usual, hilarity ensued. “My family is a bunch of idiots,” jokes Cena. “This stupid song came on, we started dancing around and my brother Sean did this dance from a video where he moves his head around his hands.”
"“I just had to modify it a little bit,” says Cena. “Instead of shaking my head around my hand, I shook my hand around my head.” And just like that, an iconic hand gesture was born on one of WWE’s forgotten shows (Velocity). Once he started doing it more and more, the verbal element materialized to complete the package, but don’t call it a catchphrase!
"“Let me state for the record that I hate the word ‘catchphrase.’ It’s like ‘think outside the box’ or any of those other marketing terms. It’s just ugly.”"
We all know Cena has a strong interest in hip-hop. After all, it is himself that is rapping his own theme song 'My Time Is Now' when he walks down to the ring for a match.
Unfortunately, WWE fans won't get to see the former United States Champion in action at this year's WreslteMania event on April 3, as he has a shoulder injury. However, he is excepted to be at the show in some capacity, perhaps to set up a feud with The Undertaker for next year's Showcase of The Immortals by interfering in his Hell in a Cell match against Shane McMahon.