During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, WWE Superstar and actor John Cena told the story of how one particularly iconic costume came together.
“When you’re coming up with what your persona is gonna be,” Corden said, “as a WWE superstar, what was it about jorts that you thought, that’s gonna be my thing, I’m gonna be a jorts guy?”
“If you look at my other options, it’s just underwear. I wanted to do some sort of street clothes, because my persona was a tough wannabe rapper kid from the mean streets of West Newbury. Tough to do that in your underwear. Tough to do that.”
“I also wear sneakers, most guys wear like calf-high or knee-high leather boots,” he continued, before adding that there was a very practical reason behind his choice of material.
“So I’m pretty much in street clothes, and I chose denim because you don’t blow the crotch in denim,” he said. “I tried cargo pants, and in front of the world a few times, here I am, trying to put my life on the line with the superstars that I have a match with, and everybody is just looking at my dick. So denim’s a safe play.”