John Cena has crossed over and become a big star in Hollywood. The WWE legend has been out promoting his new DC series, “Peacemaker.” Cena’s been getting a lot of questions about his wrestling days during his media tour.
The Champ recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Cena explained the origins of his signature “You can’t see me” taunt. G-Unit’s Tony Yayo was a major inspiration for the iconic gesture.
“I developed a special maneuver 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!’ And the reason I did this is ’cause while we were making the album to which my theme music is on, my younger brother Sean was always our litmus test.”
Cena said his brother drew inspiration from Yayo’s dance in a G-Unit video. The Suicide Squad star thought his little bro looked corny doing the gesture. Cena agreed to try to taunt out on television.
“[He] just did this dance that Tony Yayo did in one of the G-Unit videos — he put his hand over his head and bobbed his head. And I was like, ‘Man, what are you doing? That looked ridiculous.’
“He was like, ‘Nah nah man, it’s the Tony Yayo dance!’ And I’m like, ‘I’ll do it on TV!’ And he’s like, ‘I dare you to do it on TV.’”
The rest of the story is WWE history. Cena’s expression has hit the mainstream and become an unstoppable meme. Even Tony Yayo himself gave Cena a shout after hearing the story.