Insights from John Cena on his rivalry with Dwayne Johnson

John Cena has revealed that he practically ruined his friendship with Dwayne Johnson.

Showing on Thursday’s (Could 18) episode of Joyful Unhappy Confused, the WWE superstar-turned-actor opened up about his rivalry with The Rock in 2012 and 2013.

Cena admitted to taking purpose at Johnson’s character with the intention to promote their most important occasion conflict at Wrestlemania XXVIII. Nonetheless, he described his strategy as “egocentric and short-sighted”.

“My view was in the event you love one thing, be there on a regular basis,” Cena mentioned of Johnson largely abandoning the WWE for his performing profession. “Like, what a hypocrite I’m, as a result of I nonetheless love WWE and I can’t go on a regular basis. And I simply didn’t see that. I used to be so egocentric.”

The Peacemaker star famous that he ought to have mentioned his points with Johnson privately, fairly than dragging their drama into the general public eye.

On selling their Wrestlemania conflict, he mentioned: “As a substitute of going like, ‘Hey man, I’d wish to strive to do that factor to hook you again in and perhaps we will collaborate and actually make it huge,’ I used to be identical to, ‘Eff this, I’m calling this dude out. It is a second. You gave me a gap. I’m going to kick the door in. And I used to be diligent and I perceive why he bought upset.”

Cena mentioned that Johnson, alongside fellow wrestlers like Dave Bautista, had been working to alter “the notion of the business” and make it “okay to be in WWE,” however that he didn’t realise it on the time.

“These guys are breaking down limitations, shattering ceilings, and on prime of that, simply transcending the artwork kind,” mentioned Cena.

“I simply bought egocentric and wished a most important occasion marquee match as a result of it could higher what I assumed was the enterprise. That was short-sighted and egocentric. It labored! But it surely labored at the price of two individuals who communicated and virtually put it in jeopardy. There was a second the place there was a variety of unhealthy vibes between us and rightfully so.”

Cena added that he and Johnson made some “nice TV” for WWE followers, however that it very practically got here “at the price of our friendship, which I wish to say now could be in a very good place.”

Instantly after their Wrestlemania match in 2012, Cena visited Johnson’s dressing room to clarify that he was merely attempting to promote tickets.

“Not solely did I hope he [understood] my perspective however, a yr later, I knew that my perspective was flawed,” he mentioned. “And sure, it labored. And sure, we bought tickets, and sure, folks beloved it and so they selected sides and it was an actual polarising occasion. We may’ve executed it working collectively and taking part in good, and that’s my fault.”

In the meantime, Cena has reprised his position as Jakob Toretto — the brother of Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto — within the just lately launched Quick X. Final week, Diesel teased that the franchise may conclude with a twelfth movie.