G-Unit's Tony Yayo Inspired John Cena's 'You Can't See Me' Taunt

By Kiani Shabazz

WWE Superstar, John Cena, became a fan favorite in the world of sports entertainment in the early 2000s for his over the top hip-hop persona, with his baggy jean shorts, jerseys, rap songs, and music videos, it seemed like John Cena was portraying a long lost member of G-Unit. Twenty years later, John Cena admits that his iconic “You Can’t See Me” taunt was inspired by a particular member of the Guerilla Unit. 

During a recent visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, John Cena spoke about his iconic hand gesture and how G-Unit member Tony Yayo was the inspiration behind his famous taunt.

“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!'” he explained. “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 explained his younger brother was a harsh critic of his music until he heard “My Time Is Now,” the wrestler’s iconic entrance theme music, and started copying Tony Yayo’s hand-waving move from his 2005 “So Seductive” music video, birthing one of John Cena’s trademark moves.

The WWE star explained he added his own style to Yayo’s dance move before using it in the ring. “I figured this wasn’t visible enough, so I wanted to do this,” he said while waving his hand back and forth in front of his face. “And the term ‘You Can’t See Me’ is like, ‘You’re not even on my level.'”

The clip of John Cena’s interview made its rounds on social media, leading Tony Yayo to post it himself and salute the wrestling legend. “Shout out to John Cena,” he tweeted. Stay tuned for more on this and other hip-hop news.