What is the Bottle Cap Challenge? Jason Statham, Conor McGregor, John Mayer and more try Instagram trend. – NJ.com
The latest in social media “challenges” requires some foot-eye coordination, if not significant martial arts training.
The Bottle Cap Challenge, which has been surging in recent days, has seen celebrities, including fighters, athletes, musicians and actors, showing us their best precision kicks.
To perform the challenge successfully, anyone accepting the call to action must kick the cap off a bottle without toppling the bottle.
In order to pull off the feat, most have used a reverse roundhouse kick, also known as a wheel kick or spinning back heel kick.
Action star Jason Statham (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” “The Meg), UFC champions Max Holloway and Conor McGregor, comedian Whitney Cummings and music’s John Mayer and Diplo have all completed the challenge in the past week (see clips below).
Here’s the origin of the worldwide challenge. Six days ago, taekwondo champion Farabi Davletchin from Kazakhstan (see video above) posted the first bottle-cap video from his Instagram account, @farakicks.
In the video, Davletchin kicks the blue cap of a plastic water bottle clear off (with someone holding the bottle, which appears to be more than half full). The video was filmed in slow motion, to emphasize the precision of the kick. He called the challenge #farakickschallenge, but also used the hashtag #bottlecapchallenge.
Davletchin initially challenged actors known for their martial arts stunts, including Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude Van Damme, but it was Canadian fashion designer Errolson Hugh who embraced the challenge.
Not only did Hugh successfully kick a pink cap clear off a glass bottle, but he did it in such a way that in slow motion, the cap appears to drift upward like a butterfly.
“#notbadforafashiondesignerlol” Hugh, 47, hashtagged his challenge video.
Not bad for anyone!
Because a challenge doesn’t get far without someone passing it on, Hugh challenged the UFC’s Holloway, 27, who gladly delivered an expert bottle blow, sending the cap spinning in place.
Incredibly, however, the cap did not part from its bottle (which looked like a bottle of Tito’s vodka).
Realizing the cap would not budge, Holloway punched the air and let out a frustrated shout.
“Passing this on to our guy @johnmayer,” Holloway tweeted. “hey John if you can’t complete this challenge @erlsn.acr and I decided you have to come to Hawaii after your tour and kick it with us until you complete it!”
But Mayer, 41, did complete the challenge, successfully one-upping Holloway by removing a red cap from a bottle with his foot.
Mayer then put the challenge to actor Jason Statham, 51, who absolutely smashed it on Monday.
In a video filmed on a rooftop, the “Fast and the Furious” star sent the cap on a glass bottle spinning furiously until it flew from its base.
Just check out that noise!
From there, Statham challenged Guy Ritchie, who directed him in the 1998 film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” and former UFC fighter James Moontasri, who has worked on stunts for the films “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.”
So far, Moontasri and Ritchie have yet to accept the challenge.
But Diplo did (even though no one challenged him).
“Since no one requested me to do this (@johnmayer ) and also since no one thinks I’m good at anything except pushing button on stage .. here is evidence that I also do karate,” Diplo, 40, posted alongside his challenge video (yes, he manage to kick off the cap). “I challenge Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Kevin Durant and Obama @sussexroyal@easymoneysniper @barackobama#bottlecapchallenge.”
“I’ll be honest my kick form was weak af,” he said in a comment on the video.
Later, UFC fighter Conor McGregor took up the cap challenge mantle.
“Excellent job @jasonstatham, I tip my cap to you,” said McGregor, 30, sharing his own perfect cap-kick video. “I’ll take it from here.”
McGregor nominated nominate Floyd Mayweather to do the challenge next.
“I personally feel like I won the #bottlecapchallenge,” posted comedian and actress Whitney Cummings, 36, with her own challenge entry, despite the fact that the cap stayed on the bottle.
“Marvel, you know where to find me,” she tweeted.
So many others have tried the challenge in the United States and countries across the globe, using water bottles, San Pellegrino bottles, liquor bottles and more.
Some have had martial arts or kickboxing training, while others just wanted to try their luck, regardless of athletic background — with varying results.
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