John Cena admitted he was a hypocrite for feuding with fellow wrestling star Dwayne Johnson after he walked in The Rock’s footsteps on a path to stardom in Hollywood.
“If you happen to’ve been following what I’ve tried to do, particularly as of late, publicly and personally to Dwayne Johnson, I’ve said that though I assumed I used to be attempting to do what’s finest for enterprise, I went about it the unsuitable manner,” Cena stated throughout a World Wrestling Leisure Fastlane press convention on Saturday, October 7.
Like Johnson, 51, Cena, 46, additionally gained quite a few WWE titles earlier than parlaying his success into an performing profession. Each have been featured within the Quick & Livid franchise. Cena appeared in Quick X and F9: The Quick Saga. Johnson additionally starred in Quick X, The Destiny of the Livid, Livid 7, Quick & Livid 6, and Quick 5, in addition to the 2019 spinoff, Quick & Livid Presents: Hobbs and Shaw.
“I didn’t do it the respectful manner, so I needed to eat a bit of little bit of crow. I needed to say, ‘I’m sorry and I used to be unsuitable,’ as a result of I’m sorry and I used to be unsuitable, and that’s a really humbling expertise,” Cena added. “Dwayne is a hell of a man… I turned who I despised. I see that perspective and I perceive it. It was an excellent studying expertise from my mistake with feuding with The Rock.”
Cena defined in a 2008 interview with The Solar why he criticized Johnson.
“I hear it every single day with younger expertise, with mid card expertise, with individuals aspiring to make it on this enterprise; I hear ‘I’ve wished to do that my complete life. Rock falls into that class,” the wrestler/actor stated. “He, at one level, cherished wrestling and wished to do that all of his life. Clarify to me why he can’t come again for a fifteenth Anniversary present or why he can’t make an look at Wrestlemania. Merely put it’s as a result of he needs to be an actor.”
“Simply don’t f–ok me round and inform me that you simply love this if you find yourself simply doing this to do one thing else,” Cena continued. “That’s the one factor that will get me actually pissed off.”
Throughout Saturday’s press convention, Cena defined that the rationale he can’t act and wrestle on the similar time is because of the danger of harm.
“I’ve made it completely clear you possibly can’t do each due to the legal responsibility insurance coverage,” he shared whereas explaining why he’ll go away the WWE once more after the SAG-AFTRA strike lifts. “If I have been to attempt to juggle each that will be extremely egocentric as a result of I’d put lots of people within the film enterprise out of labor if one thing occurred to me.”
The 2 stars have managed to search out a number of alternatives to leap again within the ring. Johnson and Cena confronted off within the ring at WrestleMania 28 in 2012, with the Rock successful the match. Johnson additionally defeated Cena at Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 to take care of his WWE championship.
They publicly confirmed their beef was over three years later in 2015, once they teamed as much as defeat Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan at Wrestlemania 32.
Trying again at his lengthy feud with the Black Adam star, Cena has regrets.
“I violated his belief and I made allegations about his perspective that I knew nothing about. And deep down, I used to be a fan. I wished The Rock again [in WWE],” he stated. “I wished to do something to get The Rock again, however I did it the unsuitable manner.”