Unexpected John Cena  / And His Name is John Cena

Unexpected John Cena / And His Name is John Cena

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Unexpected John Cena , also known as "And His Name is John Cena" and "It's John Cena", refers to video clip that loudly introduces WWE wrestler John Cena as his intro music plays. Initially, the short clip is often edited onto the end of a video or Vine either to produce a jumpscare or humorous effect, but as the meme grew popular there have been deviations such as gifs and images that have diverted from this conventional approach.


The audio for the clip consists of a combination of two parts. The soundtrack comes from John Cena's actual WWE introduction, first used in 2005, while the visuals in most versions come from the 2012 edition of his introduction video. YouTuber TripleFlipKick360 uploaded the introduction video on May 6th, 2012, gaining over 18 million views as of July 20th, 2015 (shown below, left). The bombastic voiceover introducing the wrestler is taken from a Z Morning Zoo[1] prank call uploaded onto YouTube on March 11th, 2014 with over 14 million views as of July 20th, 2015 (shown below, right). The audio clip used is at the 3:24 mark of the video.


On Vine, over 11k results are tagged with #JohnCena[2], which indicates use of the clip. On Reddit, a sub-reddit called Unexpected Cena[3] was created April 7th, 2015 by user ReptilianFarts, and has gained roughly over 30,000 readers as of July 20th, 2015. On Facebook, a page titled UnexpectedCena[4] was created gaining roughly 100,000 likes that features various videos and images of the meme. On August 2nd, 2014, Youtuber muckmouth uploaded a video of the audio clip and has gained over 1 million views (shown below, left). On June 11th, 2015, Youtuber King Nate uploaded a Vine compilation of "Unexpected Cena" gaining over 2 million views (shown below, right).

A search[5] for "Unexpected John Cena" on Youtube shows 18,000 results of the meme. The meme has also gained much natority on Tumblr as well[6]. On July 21st, 2015, Reddit user TonySesek556 created a site for instantly playing and looping the clip[7]. On July 22nd, 2015, Viner Evan Santiago uploaded a video titled "emequil: Part 1." gaining over 8 million loops (shown below, left). On September 7th, 2015, Viner bsm uploaded a parody of the song, playing it with flutes via his nose and gaining 5.9 million loops (shown below, right).

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