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Apparently, all you need is somebody screeching his name over his ring entrance music, and boom, you have a meme. And Cena, a 15-time WWE world champion, appears to be highly appreciative of the whole thing.
“This right here is the litmus test,” Cena told GQ magazine. “Because I’m kind of aware of what’s going on, and I’m fascinated with pop culture, and you can’t dictate pop culture. So when pop culture is kind enough to let you in, exploit you, and in a lot of cases make fun of you, and you’re just gonna be the vehicle to push this new gag, I totally embrace it. Whether it’s in praise or total humor, I don’t care. Just to be accepted at this point in my career, I think it’s pretty special. At the end of the day, I am overwhelmingly honored to interrupt such historic events.”
What an unbelievably perfect answer. Especially since the humor of the meme itself is sorta, well, eh. The answer, actually, is much funnier than the YouTube videos below.
You get the point.
Cena also was asked about his sex scene with Amy Schumer in the summer blockbuster Trainwreck, a scene in which Cena tries out some dirty talk (which included speaking Mandarin).
Said Cena: “Yeah, I was just trying to think of the most unsexy stuff possible, because that was kind of the whole scene. And I was just saying the most Rosetta Stone things, like ‘China is an important country.’ I was just trying to go off the theme of ‘dirty talk going horribly wrong.'”
Yeah, it worked. But as good as Cena is in the ring and as viral as his meme went this past summer, he’s no match for the ultimate WWE viral machine: Randy Orton and his RKO out of nowhere.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.