Can you see it? John Cena and the South Korean boy band BTS are giving us bromance goals!
The WWE superstar and members of the band shared a touching bromance moment with Cena revealing that the BTS Army helped him get over a difficult period of his life.
The BTS Army started out as fans of the South Korean boy band but they have since grown into a formidable online force loyal to the band. Their Wiki fandom page claims that the ARMY is not just a word but also an acronym for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth”.
Perhaps, one scenario that highlights the true power of the BTS Army was when they influenced the tide of online conversations in favor of the #BlackLivesMatter movement even as the reactionary White Lives Matter seemed to gather momentum in the heat of the George Floyd inspired protests in America.
The Army further endeared itself to more than a few Americans when they orchestrated a scheme that forced former President Donald Trump to speak to 6,200 supporters at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was supposed to host nearly a million attendees.
Here’s how they did it.
It is believed that the BTS Army bombarded the rally’s registration website picking up hundreds of thousands of tickets which inspired faux confidence in the organizers that nearly a million people would turn out for the event.
Despite picking up thousands of the rally’s tickets, members of the BTS Army never planned to show up at the event effectively reducing the actual crowd at the 19,000 capacity BOK Center arena to just a little above six thousand. The overflow, as well as spaces outside the event arena that had already been set up, had to be closed and the cameras panned in angles that ignored the gaping empty seats to the former president’s embarrassment.
You can’t see John Cena but the BTS Army definitely can and the WWE and movie star believes they’ve been good to him.
Love Yourself … in a vulnerable time
On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, John Cena revealed that he went through a period of vulnerability in 2018 which was when BTS’ “Love Yourself: Answers” was released.
Dealing with a lot at that time, John Cena shared messages of self-love on his Twitter page hoping to find someone or anyone to connect to it even though he was initially wary of the backlash his tweets could have gotten if people misunderstood them.
“So I put out all these messages about self-love. And I’m thinking this is not gonna be a good idea because this big, larger-than-life 16-time WWE champion is talking about vulnerability and you aren’t enough and you shouldn’t be ashamed of who you are,” John Cena said.
The star’s worries seemed to be unfounded as the BTS Army welcomed his tweets with positive reactions. It turns out, as the five-time United States Champion pointed out, that he and the boy band had shared the same kind of message. The positive reactions also motivated him to put pen to paper.
John Cena new books inspired by BTS
Speaking on his two upcoming motivational books, Cena recognises the impact the support he got had on him. “These books exist because the BTS army was brave enough to support my vulnerable moment. And now it’s become a part of my daily routine,” he told Ellen DeGeneres via a the virtual interview.
The books are titled “Be a Work in Progress: And Other Things I’d Like to Tell My Younger Self” and “Do Your Best Every Day to Do Your Best Every Day: Encouraging Words from John Cena” respectively. They are suitable for both children and adults, according to the author.
Besides appreciating the support from the BTS Army, John Cena has since become a fan of the group as well.
Fans, superstars and bromance
Back in July 2018, John Cena offered to be a bodyguard for BTS after a video of the group being nearly submerged by passionate fans at a Korean airport. He had ended the tweet on a humourous note, “Crazy because I’ve been touring with them for years, they just can’t see me.”
In September 2020, Cena also declared his love for the group when he appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. He admitted that while it was their music that initially pulled him, he stayed with them for more than that. “One, they are great performers. But it’s the message they send it, it resonates with the people,” the wrestler told Fallon and his audience.
It turns out that the feeling is mutual. Jimmy and RM, two BTS members, went on a live show to say that they have always admired WWE wrestlers and that John Cena has been their favourite.
To further prove their love, the group sang the wrestler’s “You Can’t See Me” theme song and added that they will like to meet him someday.