Originally, Dwayne Johnson came to WWE as a bland babyface, Rock Maivia, during the fanatic and no-nonsense environment of Professional Wrestling. Later, WWE repackaged him as The Rock, and this new persona was a perfect fit for the company’s new direction. The Brahma Bull became a megastar in WWE, alongside “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, headlining multiple WrestleMania events. His mic work and charisma led to him getting offers for movie roles one after the other and soon turned into a part-time star.
After his WrestleMania 20 appearance in 2004, The Rock left WWE for around seven years. The Great One returned to WWE in 2011, resulting in an iconic rivalry with John Cena. WWE Universe, at the time, witnessed two back-to-back WrestleMania main events. During the buildup to their first ‘Mania match, Cena was highly critical of The Rock.
Moreover, the C-Nation Leader accused The Rock of turning his back on the company for a career in Hollywood. Recently, 16-time World Champion sat down with Sports Illustrated to promote his new movie, “Playing with Fire”. He discussed a variety of pro wrestling topics. Cena opened up on his comments on The Rock that he made all those years ago.
“I’ve told Dwayne Johnson that when I called him out for lack of love for WWE, I was wrong. I was ignorant. He loves WWE, but he goes from shooting one project to the next. He blazed a trail, and I didn’t understand that, but now I totally understand.”
“When you’re filming, there is simply no way to be with WWE. You just can’t. Even when we don’t film on Sundays, if I come back for a weekend show and get hurt or break my nose, I could jeopardise the entire film.”