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- John Cena recently spoke to Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones of ESPN’s Highly Questionable Show about the greatest shame of his career:

“Losing to the Rock at WrestleMania 28 in Miami. I spent a year telling everybody how important that match was to me, and how proud I am of all of this. The Rock was gracious enough to come back to the WWE and perform for one time and one time only, for WrestleMania 28 in his home town.”

Cena was asked why he was upset with the outcome of the match even though it was pre-determined:

“There is a giant underlying story that you may or may not know about. I really would have liked to be on top that night. It’s the good with the bad. The unique thing about the WWE is that it’s sport and that it’s entertainment, and it’s the best of both. Everybody wants to be the Super Bowl champion but there can only be one. And it was a bit of a disappointment that on that night I couldn’t be.”

“That’s one of those stories that years from they’re gonna put Dwayne Johnson on one seat at a table, and me at another seat at a table, and I’ll be smoking a cigar and we’ll both be drinking something out of a coffee cup. We’ll tell that story then … It’s an interesting story, and obviously it’s one that you want to hear about. So hopefully some day at the right time you will.”

  • ANTSFSOLDIER

    I have to disagree with you on that bro,the styles/bully match has been hyped well with dixie carter turning into heel character and playing up styles contract situation which makes it seem more legitamite,the sting magnus match makes sense because magnus has been on a losing streak since the bfg series and sting wants him to get that big match feel and get his confidence back up,the ultimatex match will probably the match of the night simply because It has manik hardy aries sabin and joe in it so thats a giving and really needs no story, I think roode mocking angles hall of fame celebration is AWESOME and tells a great but simple story,odb and gail kim are two of tnas best knockouts and those in any match will work for me,the tag titles are kind of blahh anyway so it really dosent matter to me ,for all those reasons I think bound for glory will prove to be better than battleground and probably will be better than hell in a cell

  • millerj265

    Well like I said the matches will be, as they usually are, tremendous. That however doesn’t make up for them just slapping a card together with little to no build to all the matches considering the enormous amount of TV time they have to build up BFG. To me the fact that the matches will be great will kind of bring the show down a little, only in the sense that if they had built up some great storylines then the amazing matches there sure to have would have been so much more meaningful, and would have given off the perception that you really were paying to see something big.

  • ANTSFSOLDIER

    Regardless the matches are what makes up for all that and im intereated to see if styles become the new heavyweight champ

  • millerj265

    You know what as much as id like to continue this discussion/argument I agree with and respect that statement. But just as a closing statement I don’t love the rock, he nvr was my favorite and he nvr will be I just respect his body of work and his love of the business and I think your way off on this subject, but that’s my opinion and as you stated im entitled to it just as you are entitled to yours. I enjoyed this battle of words with you good sir, and im sure we will do it again sometime lol.

  • JohnCena33

    You shoudnt try so hard to force an opinion or prove a fact that you believe to be true (although I agree with you about 99% of the time on other things) but you love Rock thinks he is cool and i dislike rock and think he is a phony, we have our opinions so lets leave it at that.

  • millerj265

    And here’s two more, ones with the old belt before he debuted the new one while doing a media interview for gi joe, and the others at a red carpet event. I’m sure there both photo shopped as well though right?

  • millerj265

    There’s about ten different pics of him at this event and articles written by ppl covering the event who state he’s there with the belt, and refer to him as the wwe champion.

  • JohnCena33

    That was photoshoped in

  • millerj265

    And there’s the rock at the red carpet with the wwe title. Im not dissing Cena in anyway man but your just way off on this subject man.

  • millerj265

    Right so all the pictures of him as a kid pretending to be a wrestler, or recording himself doing wrestling promos was because he hated it. And of course he tried to be a professional football player, that’s what you do when you are a successful collage football player. What’s wrong with that? He was smart enough to go to collage an get a free education so he would always have a way to support himself in case the things he wanted to pursue in life didn’t workout. And growing up his father and mother both discouraged him from the wrestling business because of the strain it puts on your personal life and your family, as well as the brutal cut throat world behind the scenes in wrestling, and the physical price your body pays yrs after you have already hung up your boots. And as an adult his father again discouraged him from doing it and when rock still wanted to do it his dad made him train with him, putting him threw the ringer to make sure he truly wanted it before his dad would even let him reach out to ppl in the wwe to see if they would be interested in him. He had a collage degree and a career he could have pursued, as well as not having any idea he would ever make the kind of money he made while in the wwe, not to mention when he joined the wwe they were being killed by WCW and the wwe was financially struggling, so its not like he came in and thought wow I don’t really like this but im being paid millions of dollars so ill just keep doing it till I find something better to do, Im sure it was quite the opposite in he wasn’t making a lot but he loved wrestling and wanted to help the wwe become more successful however he could. Plus WCW offered him a contract worth twice the salary he was making in the wwe early on before wwe started to beat WCW saying he turned it down because he wanted to help the wwe “move the crowed first, and the money would come later”. So for someone only in it for the money he sure turned down a pretty big chunk of change to stick with the wwe for no guaranteed chance of being successful. And made it in by name value alone? please there wasn’t a current fan alive who gave a crap about his dad or even knew his grandpa, vince looked at him as a favor to rocky Johnson because of his loyalty and sacrifice for the wwe, and vince saw a big, strong, athletic, good looking guy who he thought could be marketable, so basically the same way everyone else got picked to be on the roster.

  • J-SMOOTH

    This guy u see his name right anything that goes against john cena he hates with a passion and since the rock is the one against cena he’s going to try and make cena look like gold. Like my good discussion buddy @millerj265 just said . The rock loves wwe and how did he fail rock never made it to the pros and injury kept him trying out and he was in the gym working out when he saw cnt remember the guy and he told him to call the office and speak with him Monday and the rest is history. The rock is a movie star and all you to do is Google the rock with the wwe championship and younwill see every appearance he ever did with it the belt almost live with him. And even john cena when he is champ doesn’t take the belt with him every tv appearance he does. Refuses to wrestle because cena beat him who thinks this is real now. Dude rock beat cena first. Cena states worst loss of his career.

  • millerj265

    Having great wrestling matches alone isn’t enough to sell ppl on spending there money on a PPV that should TNA’s biggest night of the yr with there top rivalries and feuds being brought to there dramatic conclusion, yet it just feels like a regular run of the mill PPV, with very little build to almost every match, and little meaning behind any of them. With TNA cutting almost all there PPVS and having nothing but time to create and build angles that should have culminated at BFG, they have one major angle and the build for it just started a few weeks ago, and it has been built terrible to boot. The ultimate X match is just kinda thrown together with joe just announcing himself a participant because he has no direction, Angle returning and challenging roode with no backstory to it at all where he will predictably beat him, the obligatory Sting match where they seem to be leaning towards turning Magnus who could be potentially there top baby face in the near future heel for no conceivable reason. A tag team gauntlet match on the pre-show where the winning team will face gunner and storm later on for the titles, featuring the tag team of chavo and Hernandez who have been feuding with the tag champs for weeks now, so if they win it then it doesn’t make any sense as to why they weren’t just booked in the title match to begin with. It also has Kazarian & Daniels who are directionless at this point. As well as the bro mans, and EY and joseph parks who have also been feuding for weeks so idk why they wouldn’t just have bro mans vs EY and Parks as the pre show and just book Chavo and Hernandez to face Gunner and storm. The cards a mess and the storylines are thin and weak. As usual the matches should be good to great, but with cutting out almost all there ppvs and having weeks upon weeks to build up meaningful and compelling rivalries, they haven’t done much for any of the matches save for the atrocious angle with AJ-Bully-Dixie. With all the time they now posses to build meaningful long term storylines that would have had a clear date as there big dramatic conclusion, BFG should have had no less then 3 big time feuds with months of build heading into BFG, and the closest thing they have to that is the Main event which hasn’t been built well or for a long enough period of time. This is there biggest card of the yr and there isn’t a single heated big time feud or storyline going into this thing, it feels like just a normal TNA tv special they have been running to help make up for the cutting of there PPVS, and with the massive amount of time they have now to build angles, and the fact that there talent pool is shrinking more and more every month, there’s no expectable reason for them to not have built 2-3 major angles leading into BFG that would make there biggest event of the yr actually feel like its there biggest event of the yr, and not just another TNA tv special.

  • JohnCena33

    no offense, but that card sounds bad.

  • JohnCena33

    Go figure that Rock is little cry baby. He needs to be on the cover of a video game, needs to hold the wwe title, needs to introduce the new wwe title, then after all of that, wwe has cena beat him, and what does he do, lie about being hurt, refuses to go to raw, and hasnt come back.

  • JohnCena33

    Cool comment bro, that joke is old, grow up.

  • JohnCena33

    Cool, age jokes, because you really know how old i am dont you? Oh you dont, thats right, rock uses wwe to promote his movies rock is a user and sell out

  • JohnCena33

    He never wanted to be a wrestler. He failed at football, got into the WWE by his name alone, never loved the business he did it for the money, he always thought he was above WWE. So tell me this, why didnt Rock have the WWE title with him during all of his red carpet appearances talk shows late night shows and movie premieres,wwe gave rock the title to promote them bur nope, rock wouldnt do that cause he has his head so far up his butt it isnt even funny. Now he refuses to wrextle one more match cause Cena beat him at Mania, rock is a sell out.

  • Greg

    I love how people hate on the rock and yet if given the opportunity would do the same exact thing. Don’t go around thinking john cena sticks around bc he loves the fans. He sticks around bc hes a shitty actor and can’t move on to hollywood. Not saying he hasn’t done a lot for wwe he has but lets be real if he could go to hollywood an get the roles rocky is getting he’d quit in a heartbeat.

  • ANTSFSOLDIER

    If you guys like wrestling you all should watch bound for glory this year,the card is shaping up to be good, itll be bully vs styles,angle vs roode,sabin vs joe vs aries vs hardy vs manik in ultimate x,sting vs magnus and more

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    You can’t be serious??

    I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again, Rock had done EVERYTHING in terms of accomplishments from a wwe standpoint so what’s the harm in him going and trying new things? He had nothing left to prove to the fans and even when he came back he was still adored by the wwe universe as if he never left. People need to really think when saying he “sold out” because he didn’t. mike awesome sold out going to wcw with the ecw belt, Alundra Blaze sold out by showing up on wcw and dumping the women’s title in the trash, the list goes on.

    The sooner they realise that and accept it the better

  • CC

    its all still real to you isnt it

  • ddfindl

    “That one time I lost clean ;_;7″ – God forbid he ever lose, he might fall into a deep depression he can’t come out of…

  • millerj265

    Sorry man but I have to disagree with you on this one. The Rock grew up in wrestling, the men in his family who he looked up to and probably still does to this day loved the wrestling business. The wrestling business has literally supported him his entire life, it was how his grandfather supported his mother, how his father supported him, and how he supported himself and his family in adulthood. He also has been a first hand witness to the bad side of wrestling and what it can do to you if you stay in it longer then you should, so he accomplished every single thing there was to accomplish in the wwe and he bowed out while he was still on top and more importantly while his body was still healthy and not beat to the point of no repair. He saw a new avenue in which to support himself and his family and one that paid a lot more and wouldn’t potentially put him in a wheelchair by the time he was 50. The Rock never had to come back, being on episodes of Raw and headlining WrestleMania probably didn’t do a whole lot in terms of making his movies more successful, and im sure he knew that going in, he did it because he missed it and he felt he was at a point in his movie career where he had established himself on his own without piggybacking of the popularity of the wwe. I wasn’t overly impressed with his three yr run by any means, but ill nvr fault the man for transitioning into a career that is more financially fruitful, and a career that he can do for a much longer time then he ever could have wrestled regardless of if he ever suffered any major injuries or not.

  • Matt Trovato

    There’s a difference between promoting your movies and promoting your status in the WWE. Maybe when you turn 13 you will understand that.

  • JohnCena33

    LOL, he doesn’t respect WWE, not one bit. He walked out how many times? When he was champion this past year he barely showed up, he didnt even have the WWE title with him when he went on the red carpet or talk shows, he is a disgracing sell out money loving phony.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Cena loses and then moans about it go figure. You can’t win every match yknow, and besides how much time do we (the fans) have to put up with your sorry ass in the main event during ppvs?

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I know right, at least The Rock loves and respects the business and left on good terms.

  • re

    how about being a punching bag at extreme rules for brock lesnar

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