March 6th 2023.
John Cena has looked back on his rivalry with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and credited it with helping to shape him into who he is today. The two WWE icons faced off in two WrestleMania main events ten years ago, with Cena often criticizing Johnson for leaving wrestling to pursue a career in Hollywood. Cena himself has since taken the same route, though he did have a match on SmackDown in December 2020 to keep up his streak of having an annual match since his 2002 debut.
The rivalry was recently featured on the WWE Rivals show in the US, with Cena taking the opportunity to reflect on the time he spent with Johnson and the growth he experienced. He tweeted, "Relive this epic @WWE rivalry thru those who lived it. I wouldn't be who I am 2day w/o @TheRock. Professionally & personally. He challenged me, demanded my best, forced me to address my flaws w/ the world watching! Respect is a core value for me... this took it to new level!"
Cena recently admitted that he was "stupid" to label Johnson a sellout for seeking success in Hollywood, as he was unable to recognize the potential of Johnson's vision of how his personal success could help the WWE brand. He said, "I'm very thankful to Dwayne Johnson. His success has gotten me a lot of opportunities that I'm extremely thankful for, and certainly wouldn't have without him." (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
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John Cena has reflected on his rivalry with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and credited it with helping him become who he is today. The two WWE greats had two outstanding main events at WrestleMania 28 and 29, and Cena regularly criticised The Rock for leaving wrestling for Hollywood. Now, the Peacemaker actor is taking the same path, although he did come back for a match on SmackDown in December.
This week, the rivalry was featured in an episode of WWE Rivals in the US, and Cena took the chance to recall the experience and how it pushed him to address his own flaws in front of the world.
‘Relive this epic @WWE rivalry thru those who lived it. I wouldn't be who I am 2day w/o @TheRock. Professionally & personally,’ he tweeted. ‘He challenged me, demanded my best, forced me to address my flaws w/ the world watching! Respect is a core value for meâ¦this took it to new level!’
Previously, Cena had admitted he was wrong to call The Rock a sellout for going into Hollywood, but he had to realise that Dwayne had a vision which would only help the WWE brand. He said: ‘It was stupid of me. It genuinely was. That was my perspective at the time. For me to not be able to see Dwayne’s vision on what he wanted to do personally, and how his personal success could affect a growing global brand, that was just ignorant on my part. I’m very thankful to Dwayne Johnson. His success has gotten me a lot of opportunities that I’m extremely thankful for, and certainly wouldn’t have without him.’
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