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You Can't See Me: Get To Know The Champ, WWE's John Cena

You Can't See Me: Get To Know The Champ, WWE's John Cena

Legendary champion, world famous heavyweight, and the face of the WWE – John Cena has done it all. But what’s he like outside the ring?

In this interview from Hustle, Loyalty & Respect: The World of John Cena, the megastar gives the rundown on his famous hand-signal, villains he's encountered, and his best t-shirts through the years.

How did you come up with the “You Can’t See Me” gesture?

The “You Can’t See Me” thing was a joke from my little brother. When we were producing my album, we got all these songs together and it would just break out into hilarity because my family is a bunch of idiots. We just started dancing around and my brother started mimicking this dance he saw in a video. I told him I would do it on television. He didn’t believe me but I did. I just changed it a little bit. Instead of shaking my head around my hand I shook my hand around my head.

So the saying didn't come until later?

That did not come to be until I started doing the hand thing more and more. Then it just became obvious. “You Can’t See Me” worked not only from a camouflage, invisibility aspect but it also tells my opponent they are not where I am at as a competitor, that I am on another level.

How does it feel when fans give you the “You Can’t See Me?”

It is a gift and a curse because I’ve had people who like me do it and also people that don’t. It’s such an effective taunt that baseball players, football players and other athletes use it too. It’s just easy to do and very effective. I feel great when people do it in a positive light.

You have had so many great t-shirts over the years. Do you have any favorites?

I loved the 3 quarters shirt[md]white and black with the old WWE logo. As a kid, I loved that logo. It would flash on the TV and then get lasered out and then the graphic would come across. It worked great for me because it let people know that I’m a fan. I watched back then and enjoyed that stuff. The ‘8-bit’ was also one of my favorites because I grew up in the 8-bit generation. We had Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, Excitebike and every other 8-bit video game. I wanted to imitate that and we did it correctly. I thought it was a cool shirt.

Who is your favorite villain and why?

Mr. McMahon. I think it’s just because he likes being the villain. He likes being able to rile up an audience to the point of fever pitch and then to do that signature walk all the way to the back. He genuinely enjoys it. What was Mr. McMahon like when you first met him? The first time I met him, I didn’t even say a word. I was just frozen. I came in with that long, ugly haircut from when I was The Prototype. I had never even met Vince McMahon before. He looks at me and says, “What do we do about his hair? Cut it!” That was my first time meeting Vince McMahon, not even a hello!

Of all the unique matches you have been in, what was your favorite?

The Miracle on 34th Street Match! Because in the yuletide season when fighting for the good name of Santa, all is fair game but all is done in the good spirit of Christmas. Of all the brutal matches, The Miracle on 34th Street was so much fun to be a part of and it’s just WWE’s way of embracing the holiday season.

Describe the moment just before you enter the arena.

I am one of the more relaxed guys behind the curtain but there is that moment when I hear the first few notes to the music hit, when it’s time to do what I truly love doing, it’s such a special time that even if I was asleep I couldn’t help but get fired up.


Want to know more about want to know more about The Champ? Hustle, Loyalty & Respect: The World of John Cena tells the whole story, from his quintessential matches, epic rivalries, fascinating character evolutions, signature moves and much more. John Cena's legacy is unmatched by anyone in WWE's 50 year history, and now it is packed into over 200 full color pages for his passionate fans to enjoy forever.

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