It’s almost like he’s becoming him. Back in 2011, John Cena and the Rock spent most of the year building towards one of the biggest matches of all time. The two mega stars booked the main event of WrestleMania 28 a year in advance, allowing them to cut some of the most intense promos in recent memory on each other for several months. Cena’s were especially vicious, but things have changed a bit since then.
In a new interview for his upcoming film Bumblebee, Cena apologizes to the Rock for a lot of the things he said, including saying that he was wrong for accusing Rock of going Hollywood being a bad thing. Cena talks about how wrestling can cause issues for the entire crew of a movie, which is quite a bit more than just himself getting injured. One of the main points of Cena’s rivalry with Rock was Rock not being around WWE and spending all of his time on movie sets. Here are some quotes from the interview, with transcription courtesy of Cagesideseats.com:
“From a genuine standpoint, if you’re taking it from more than entertainment, if you’re taking it for ‘okay, what you said was absolutely personal,’ I’m sorry, I was wrong, and I spoke out of ignorance. When you do a movie you are not allowed to do anything else. Because if I go do Monday Night Raw and Seth Rollins puts my nose over here, that messes up the movie. And not just like ‘well, you’ve messed up the movie.’ People don’t understand, there are 150 people on a movie set who are financially dependent on that movie getting done on time, that movie moving costs everybody money and sets the movie up to fail, which means we don’t get to do another movie, which means these people don’t get to make money. This is their livelihood.
“So you want to take a deep dive into stuff like that, I spoke from ignorance. I wasn’t in the movie making business, I was in the WWE business. I was like ‘man, you love this? Why aren’t you here? Oh, you’re not here because you go from one movie immediately to another immediately to another because you’re so successful and you’re doing well in this venture. And in doing so, you’re paving the way for people like me to be successful in this venture. I owe a lot of what I’ve done in WWE and in cinema to Dwayne Johnson.
He’s always been genuine, he’s always shot straight — and that’s on TV and off TV. We have a very good rapport with each other and I can… I’ve told this to him that I’m sorry, and I can tell it to you, and I can tell it to you: I spoke out of ignorance, I was wrong, and I’m sorry. So for any WWE person right now saying ‘you’re a part timer, you’re going to Hollywood,’ you’re absolutely right. And if they can’t see why I’m making those moves, I don’t expect them to. I don’t expect to change their mind.”
He has a lot to say. Check out this interview with Cena, which is likely to get some attention:
Opinion: Cena is absolutely right about Rock here, even if the two were in very different situations. Rock was pretty much gone from WWE in 2002, when he was about thirty years old and after about six years with the company. Cena was a top star at least ten years and wrestled full time for over fifteen. They’re two different paths, but Cena is likely to get less criticism for sticking around longer, which is a fair point.
Was Cena wrong in the first place? How big of a movie star can he become? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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