The Rock and John Cena headlined two consecutive WrestleMania events with one another, and they made a ton of money doing so. But, that doesn’t mean that John Cena is happy with the way everything went down during their long, personal feud.
Prior to The Rock’s return in 2011, John Cena had called him out several times, most notably during his appearance on a UK show called WrestleCast, where he called The Rock’s love for professional wrestling into question.
“This is my take on The Rock, and he’s genuinely nice guy. I’ve met him, and he’s a fantastic human being. What I kinda get peeved about is, and I guess this is my flaw because I hear it everyday with young talent, mid card talent, with people aspiring to make it in this business, I hear ‘I’ve wanted to do this my whole life.’ Rock falls into that category. At one point he loved wrestling, and wanted to do this his whole life. Then explain to me why he can’t come back for an anniversary show, why he can’t make an appearance at WrestleMania. Simply put, it’s because he wants to be an actor, and there’s nothing wrong with that. He’s a very good actor, he’s very successful, he’s done very well for himself, and associating with sports entertainment doesn’t do much for his acting career, so I get why he doesn’t come back. Just, don’t f**k me around and tell me that you love [wrestling] when you’re just doing it to do something else.”
Cena, who is now transitioning to being an actor, recalled his statement on the WrestleCast show during a recent chat with Sports Illustrated, and he said that it was stupid of him to personally attack The Rock.
“It was stupid of me. It genuinely was. That was my perspective at the time. When you’re involved in the daily grind of WWE, and that’s something I never will let go of — I promise you that. I just love it, and I don’t think I need to say that, ever again, or have somebody question my allegiance to a brand, not the sport of professional wrestling, so to say, but a brand. I love the WWE. For me to not be able to see Dwayne’s vision on what he wanted to do personally, and how his personal success could affect a growing global brand, that was just ignorant on my part.”
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