16-time World Champion John Cena’s contributions to WWE cannot be understated as he was the face of the company during the PG Era. He remained a babyface for the entire time and never turned heel.
The Peacemaker actor has squared off against the best of the best the pro wrestling world has to offer, and that includes The Rock. He also has a lot of respect for The Rock as he followed in his footsteps to become a huge draw in Hollywood.
Back in 2008 to 2009, John Cena called out The Rock for leaving WWE and going to Hollywood, while he still was actively competing in WWE. While speaking with the “Under The Ropes” podcast about the series of WrestleMania main events that involved Cena and The Rock’s heated three-year feud. Former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz recalled the backstage heat between the two during their two WrestleMania matches.
“That was a journey, to work on that angle for three years with both of them,” Gewirtz said, noting that one “never truly know[s] how something is gonna go.
Obviously Rock vs. Cena, on paper that’s box office, and in reality that’s box office. But the fact of the matter is they weren’t on the same page on the beginning, and it was real life animosity between them that obviously has since dissipated, and they’re really good friends now.
It was heated. I was literally in the middle of them in rooms, trying to be like ‘You guys, if you just got to know each other you’d be such great friends.
It started with an interview that John had done in the UK. Whatever the language that he used it rubbed Dwayne the wrong way, some simmering tension from the very beginning.”
The Rock was last seen for the 20th Anniversary of Friday Night SmackDown back in 2019. We will have to wait and see whether he will be back in time for WrestleMania 39 or not, but odds are we will see The Great One again on WWE television.
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