Professional wrestler and Hollywood actor John Cena has taken command Korean pop group BTS’s legion of fans, known as the BTS Army, after appearing on James Corden’s late-night show to talk about his love for the K-pop boy band.
You can’t see him, but that doesn’t stop John Cena from being a proud member of the BTS Army. As one of the most widely recognized figures to come out of professional wrestling since The Rock, Cena has made great strides in Hollywood over the past few years.
In between numerous movies and holding the record for most Make-A-Wish appearances, he’s also taken time to become a fan of the iconic K-pop group BTS.
While appearing on an episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden alongside actress January Jones, Cena was shown a picture that Jones took with BTS backstage at one of their concerts, prompting genuine jealousy and excitement from the wrestler.
Jones, however, revealed that she wasn’t a fan and didn’t even know who they were, claiming that she’d asked for a picture because “they had like 9 million security guards.” Many viewers captured Cena’s shocked and confused expression and shared it on Twitter.
james: so you met bts
lady: I didn't know who they were, they had like 9 million bodyguards so I thought I'll take a picture
john cena: pic.twitter.com/hQdYKaKAAr
— koRo⁷ (@giveittobangtan) January 16, 2020
Jones went on to say that after posting it to Instagram, she received a lot of comments from fans saying, “hands off, lady.” But Cena said that Jones was “so lucky” to get a picture with them, and joked that he’d even, “tried out to be their bodyguard.”
Corden pressed him to give a legitimate explanation on why he “loved” BTS, and the former WWE champion gave a thoughtful response on why he’s so fond of the group.
“They were the first Korean pop band to actually connect everybody throughout the world,” Cena said. “I began to listen to their music and listen to the message they sent to their fans, and it’s one of self-love and self-reflection and being confident in yourself, even though you may be different.”
Cena’s comments begin at 1:28.
“So not only is the choreography and the development of personalities and the entertainment they put on spectacular,” he continued, “young people are listening to their music, and they’re sending a good message through their music.”
After a resounding round of applause, Cena revealed that as an old-school rapper (a reference to one of his first gimmicks in professional wrestling), he connected with RM and J-Hope as his favorites. Several fans of the group praised Cena’s explanation on social media.
john cena is doing a better job at promoting bts in less than minute than american interviewers pic.twitter.com/2ZyBIbeRPe
— iv ⁷ (@peiskoshobi) January 16, 2020
i really respect how John Cena actually took the time to analyze not only BTS' music, but their message and connection with fans across the globe.
i can understand how he, from an entertainer's perspective, could be fascinated by this. pic.twitter.com/u49v6sm17A
— Adam⁷ (@BTSBEINGBTSYT) January 16, 2020
So far, a collaboration between BTS and Cena has not yet been announced, but fans of both are hoping for the Doctor of Thuganomics to appear on a track on a future album.