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John Cena on Conversation with The Rock after Wrestlemania 29, Heat with The Rock

WWE Superstar John Cena recently held a Q&A for fans at the Salt Lake Comic Con. You can check out some highlights here:

On his most memorable matches:

“Well, when it comes down to being most memorable, I kind of leave it in the hands of people like you. I think a lot of people remember the few matches I had with The Rock because those were on a really, really big platform. I know that some of the matches I had with CM Punk are quite memorable. There was a SummerSlam match with Daniel Bryan that was memorable. And, hell, I’d like to think the match I just had with AJ Styles¬†[at SummerSlam (2016)] was pretty decent.”

On The Rock:

“For two years, The Rock and I kind of made fun of each other a lot. It got pretty heated and it got pretty personal. I said some things that were less than nice. He said some things that were less than nice. And I can assure you, in our line of work, there is a grey area where imagination becomes very real and we were right in the sweet spot of that grey area, each watching the other’s every move and not too happy with the other party. We had a match in Miami [Florida] at WrestleMania, of which I finished second place. I’m very proud of that. That’s a polite way of saying I lost. But we had a followup match at MetLife Stadium [in East Rutherford, New Jersey] and I was good enough to finish first that day and when I did, I was well-aware of the amount of work Dwayne Johnson had on his plate and the fact that he did not need to come back to the WWE. I talked all that trash many years ago just to try to get him back because I, like you guys, am a fan of The Rock. So he comes back and stays for the better [part] of two years, only to lose in one of his final matches in WWE.

“After the three-count in the match in New York, we had a moment where we had an embrace and I said something to him. And there have been a few people who asked me what I said and I always said, ‘well, that’s between me and him’. I actually told him that he had taken a picture with me when I was an employee at Gold’s Gym back in the year 2000 when The Rock was, like, meteoric. And he didn’t need to pay any attention to anyone, but people who could possibly do things for him. Here’s this low-level employee at Gold’s Gym wowed by the unbelievable personality of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. I went up to him and said, ‘Rock, is it okay if we get a picture together?’ And he gave me the picture, he gave me some advice on how to further my career, and he didn’t have to do any of that. And now, being in the return seat, I understand, truly, how valuable his time was and how much that meant to me as a person. And I held him close and I said, ‘you’re never going to remember this, but you took a picture with me in 2000. It helped me stand here today and if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be here today.’ And then, I thanked him very much for all he has done for the [professional wrestling] industry, all he has done for me, and we went backstage and had a shot together in celebration.”

 (All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)

  • JC Bolden

    Agreed. In addition at the time when he first started calling the Rock out the Rock has pretty much denounced wrestling and wasn’t even going by the Rock for a while. He wouldn’t even talk about wrestling. Then to sit around and says he loves it. I’d be frustrated with him too.

  • JAckh45

    I cannot ever see Cena being jealous. He has always been very humble and the story at the end pushes that even more.
    Sure the heat between them was pretty full on during the 2 years, especially the first, but I just can’t see Cena being jealous of Rocks success. I would put it down as maybe frustrated that every time Cena tries to go out and make movies, he constantly gets compared to the Rock, and thus stating the difference of him and Rock would be “Rock left, I stayed” etc.
    Jealousy… nah, frustration is more likely.
    And this is coming from someone who literally boos at the screen when Cena is on, so don’t think I’m a bias fan.

  • CC

    So he said what he said to get him back into the WWE? Nope, he said what he said because he thought he was the better man than the Rock because he did not “abandon” the WWE to do outside stuff. It was pure jealousy, that was it. Rock had achieved something no other wrestler has ever achieved, and are likely to never achieve again, and that upset SuperCena. He may have outside interests now, but I don’t ever see John being as big as the Rock when it comes to Hollywood.
    This is not to say that John, and many other wrestlers have not achieved a lot, but for out and out star power and success outside WWE, it will take a lot for anyone to match that.