John Cena is a 16-time World Champion and carried the company on his back throughout the PG era. In 2017 John Cena became a part-timer in WWE and since then, he has appeared sporadically due to his busy schedule in Hollywood. He had a heated rivalry with The Rock and it seems Cena once violated The Rock on live WWE television.
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. After Cena saw himself in The Rock’s shoes, he saw the error of his ways.
In 2012, the heated rivalry between John Cena and The Rock stemmed from actual animosity between the two professional wrestlers. Their conflict came to a head on the February 27th episode of Monday Night RAW, when The Rock made a much-anticipated comeback and was met by Cena. The two wrestlers verbally sparred, and Cena took a swipe at The Rock by suggesting he had written his lines on his wrist.
As per ex-WWE writer Brian Gewirtz, when John Cena called out The Rock, it breached the latter’s trust, and instead of bringing them closer, it resulted in a “disconnect that was growing” between the two wrestling icons.
“Rock doing his thing with me going out to interrupt him. And 90 seconds before my music hit, someone to not be named said, ‘yo, do you see that?’ I said, ‘see what?’ [the other person said] ‘I think Rock has something written on his wrist. Everyone was like, ‘yooo!’ because that’s just not allowed.”
John Cena has openly acknowledged that he owes a lot to The Rock for paving the way and being a source of inspiration for him. Despite their intense rivalry in the ring, there is undoubtedly mutual respect between the two wrestlers. The impact that The Rock and John Cena have had on WWE and beyond cannot be overstated.
Both of them have played instrumental roles in bringing mainstream attention to professional wrestling and expanding the WWE’s global reach. Their contributions have helped make WWE a cultural phenomenon and have inspired a generation of wrestlers and fans alike.
Even beyond the wrestling ring, both The Rock and John Cena have gone on to become successful actors and cultural icons, cementing their influence on popular culture for years to come.