John Cena reveals Tic Tac addiction from WWE days: 'It's pretty much 10,000 calories of straight sugar'

John Cena recently confessed to having a Tic Tac addiction during his WWE days.

The wrestler-turned-actor would go through boxes of the mints before every match, he said during an interview earlier this month on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

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“My thing was always Tic Tacs," he told host Kelly Clarkson. "It’s a nervous superstition that I’ve always had before we go on a broadcast, and I’ve had to wean myself off of them because I was up to, like, three boxes a day, and it’s right in the 20 minutes before broadcast."

“That’s like a child!” Clarkson said.

“Yeah, it’s pretty much 10,000 calories of straight sugar,” Cena said.

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John Cena and ex-girlfriend Nikki Bella attended the premiere of "Blockers" in Los Angeles.

John Cena and ex-girlfriend Nikki Bella attended the premiere of "Blockers" in Los Angeles. (REUTERS/Phil McCarten)

Cena, 42, said the addiction began as a way to circumvent body odor when stepping into the ring with his opponents.

“You always want to try to smell your best,” he said.

“Everyone’s given a few mulligans in the B.O. and the breath category, but we also have a nice form of policing ourselves, where if somebody has a few more mulligans than he should we kind of give him the old, ‘Hey man, it’s our office out there, could you keep it together?’” Cena explained.

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John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh went to the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Playing With Fire" in October in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh went to the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Playing With Fire" in October in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP) ((Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP))

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For more than a decade, Cena was the face of WWE before slowly easing his way out of the ring. He then began a career in Hollywood and recently starred in the film “Playing with Fire” alongside Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo.

Cena last wrestled on an episode of “Monday Night Raw” in January, taking a pinfall loss to Finn Bálor in a four-way match that also featured Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin.