John Cena took on The Rock back at WrestleMania 28 almost a decade ago in what was seen as one of the biggest matches in the company’s history.
At the time, Cena was the poster boy for WWE and the star who was part of every live show as and when needed.
According to Mike Chioda who appeared on Monday Mailbag on AdfreeShows, this was one of the reasons why Cena was upset about losing to The Rock at that time because he was busting his ass for WWE day in day out.
“I’ve always admired the Rock over the years in working with him, and then, Rock set me up to be the referee for that match when he came back with Cena.”
“And I was like, awesome. Had this match, you know, Rock wanted me to do it and everything, and I think Cena had a little bit of a problem doing the job as here is Cena, carrying the torch for the last ten years I think at that time, and he was busting his a** day in, day out.”
“And here comes The Rock back after so many years of being in Hollywood, and he’s got to job out to The Rock? Well, of course, the show is in Miami. The Rock is a big Hollywood Superstar now, and I think there was a little heat there. I think there was a little dissension. But, you’ve got to go where the money goes. I mean, they put Rock over, and I was happy about that. I was like, yeah, you know.”
Cena has since become the part-time star and now returns in the same way that The Rock once did almost 10 years ago.