You'll never guess what WWE Superstar John Cena credits his 16 championship wins to.
"My thing was always Tic Tacs," Cena told Clarkson. "It's a nervous superstition that I always have before we go on a broadcast."
While it seemed innocent, the wrestler said that it came to the point where he was already overdoing it.
"I've had myself off of them. I would go up to like three boxes a day, and it's right in the 20 minutes before broadcast."
The show host shouted, "That's like a child!"
Cena then agreed and said, "It's pretty much 10,000 calories and straight sugar."
But it is not all bad. Since John Cena's minty fresh breath was just another way to help prevent one of the hazards of being a WWE fighter.
And that is terrible hygiene!
Cena said that being in a small, confined space -- 20 feet by 20 feet ring -- and being with a group of guys, one would always want to smell the best. According to him, things get smelly quickly if they have a show in different parts of the world.
In his wrestling career, Cena went to San Francisco, Shanghai and then Budapest. Not to mention the the travel mess up and flight delays.
It does not help that they need to get to the ring in two minutes. With that said, the mint, hard candies were there to save his day.
If you calculate it, there are about two calories in a piece of Tic Tac. Inside the box has 36 to 38 mints. To actually eat around 10,000 calories of Tic Tac meant he was eating at least 132 Tic Tac boxes or 5,000 Tic Tac peletts before every match!
Confessing to Willie Geist, cena said that his schedule now as a WWE fighter was lighter compared to before because his body could not handle the schedule anymore.
"When I turned 40, I really took a look in the mirror and said,' Hey man, I know you like this, but instead of 250 performances a year, from here on out, do it 100 times and do it well."
We have seen a lot of athletes performing ritual movements before the competition like Cena. To the onlooker, it may seem silly and strange, but in sports, superstitions and rituals are widespread and a relatively common practice.
Bjorn Borg prepared for Wimbledon by growing a lucky beard, Michael Jordan wore lucky shorts under his NBA uniform, and LeBron James throws chalk in the air and clapping his hands before tipoff a game.
For Cena, though, his ritual may not be the healthiest.