After accidentally posting a photo of J-Hope on Instagram and facing an influx of fans educating him on BTS, professional wrestler John Cena quickly became an ARMY himself. It’s been two years, but John’s love for the group has only become deeper over time. Take a look at 4 of his sweetest ARMY fanboy moments.
1. When he spoke Korean for them
Back in an Entertainment Tonight interview in 2018, BTS talked about how they’d love to meet John Cena. Jimin adorably piped up in English, “John Cena, are you ARMY?”.
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) May 18, 2018
Naturally, John had to reply to the clip on Twitter with his own video assuring the group of his place in the fandom. The sweetest part? He said, “I’m an ARMY” in Korean!
— John Cena (@JohnCena) May 18, 2018
John used the literal translation of ‘army’ (‘goondae’) in his video message rather than the correct Korean form of ARMY, but it’s even sweeter that he went to the effort of translating the message into BTS’s language.
2. When he gushed about them on TV
On The Late Late Show with James Corden in January 2020, John Cena was joined by actress January Jones. When she revealed she snapped a photo with BTS despite not even being a fan, John was understandably jealous.
But when questioned whether he was a real ARMY, he couldn’t help but gush about why he became such a big fan.
I began to… listen to the message they send their fans and it’s one of self-love and self-reflection and being confident in yourself even though you may be different… They’re sending a good message through their music and I think that’s really cool.”
— John Cena
Oh my god 😭 John Cena said all the things the general public needs to know the reason why BTS are so popular… like he has never shy away to show his genuine love & support for BTS and the message they've been giving through their music, this is so sweet pic.twitter.com/YIrHt9Un4J
— ⁷ (@mygbebe) January 16, 2020
3. When he asked to become their bodyguard
Given how many people want to get close to them, it’s a given that BTS need bodyguards. And as a professional wrestler, John felt he was strong enough to handle the task—so much so that he applied to be their bodyguard on Twitter.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) July 11, 2018
4. When he revealed how BTS share his values
In an interview for Playing With Fire, where John Cena plays a smokejumper, he revealed what he finds inspirational about BTS. John said that his rule in life is to live honestly and try to be true to who you are so you can achieve your best.
"@BTS_twt touches on self-care and self-love. Loving yourself and being OK with who you are is the first step to being like “Well, these are the things I would like to accomplish”."@JohnCena#iHeartAwards #BestFanArmy #BTSARMYhttps://t.co/NGqEn3DRRw pic.twitter.com/vLxB45CXJb
— cestlavie_90💜⁷ (@cestlavie9090) February 5, 2020
And as an ARMY, he knows that BTS preach the same thing.
BTS touches on self-care and self-love. Loving yourself and being OK with who you are is the first step to being like “Well, these are the things I would like to accomplish”
— John Cena
He also talked about the downtime BTS had been having before their comeback, and shared that he’s also recently learned how good and productive rest can be.