John Cena is a huge star in the world of WWE. Pro-wrestlers make sure their opponents don’t get hurt or get minimal contact during their battles. However, it turns out Cena was involved in a legitimate brawl. Rene Dupree recently recalled how he and Cena legitimately hurt each other during an in-ring segment on WWE SmackDown.
Renee Dupree reveals the incident
Dupree had against Torrie Wilson in an intergender match on the April 29, 2004 episode of SmackDown. Just 58 seconds into the match, Cena raced down to the ring and brawled with the former La Resistance member. Speaking on his Cafe de Rene podcast, Dupree said WWE agent Fit Finlay instructed both men to make their altercation look as real as possible. Thus, they ended up having a legitimate brawl which caused injuries to both the stars. Here is what he recalled:
“I remember we were being told by Fit and the other agents [that] the physicality between me and John afterward when he made the save had to look legit,” said Dupree. “And let me tell you, it was legit. I busted his eyebrow open, he was bleeding, and he busted my lip, and I think I had a bruise somewhere on my face. Those were live rounds.”
Back in 2004, Dupree had also unsuccessfully challenged Cena for the United States Championship at Judgment Day pay-per-view. Excluding Royal Rumble matches, Rene Dupree revealed that he had shared the ring with ‘The Leader of Cenation’ 45 times between March 2004 and April 2005. The former WWE Tag Team Champion added that his rivalry with Cena got a great reception from the fans:
“When we were on live events all across the country, we didn’t have to lock up for 10 minutes,” Dupree continued. “That’s when you know your little angle or your little feud is over [popular] when they [fans] want it so much that you don’t even have to lock up. We went to Ontario here in Canada, main event, and we sold out arenas.”