John Cena is absolutely wrong with his criticism of The Rock. His reasoning behind feuding with Rocky is that he left WWE. That he left at the height of his popularity when he had more to give.
This is where he’s wrong.
You don’t hear Cena calling out Stone Cold Steve Austin, who in the Attitude Era was a bigger star than The Rock. You also don’t hear him calling out Edge whom he’s held great feuds with in the past. I also don’t hear him calling out Mick Foley or Kevin Nash. We all know why.
Stone Cold and Edge can’t go in the ring anymore, both of them suffering career-ending injuries. As for Nash and Foley, they’re no longer relevant enough to call out. Way past their prime to the point where most of the wrestling fans wouldn’t mind if they ride off into the sunset.
To Cena, how long of being active in professional wrestling is long enough?
The message that Cena is relaying is that if you’re a pro wrestler, you should go until you are either injured or too old for anybody to care about.
He always points to The Rock saying that he’s never going to leave again. But was he expecting Rocky to get back on the road and leave a career where he makes more cash and gets to spend more time with his kids? In that case, does he think Edge and Stone Cold left too? Of course not.
If Rock comes back full time then suffers a career-ending injury in the ring, will you still call him out and point out how he’s not there every week?
Or how about if he went out like Hogan and Flair, incredible in their heyday and now irrelevant in every sense of the word, almost sad to see to the point where we ask when will they stop embarrassing themselves?
As big of a fan of The Rock as I am, and as much as I’d love to see him back full time, I truly respect how he left the world of wrestling.
He quietly retired then went on to pave the way for other professional wrestlers to have an acting career.
He’s made the world of Hollywood accessible to wrestlers by starring in The Scorpion King, the first movie produced by WWE films and grossing over $165 million worldwide.
By doing so, he made it possible for Cena himself to star in movies and put extra money in his pockets.
Rock showed people that you don’t have to be hurt or be old and irrelevant to finally walk away from the job. You can do it the John Elway and Barry Sanders way and go out on top.
Especially with the way the world has gone with how one bump can change life as you know it (See Jesse Sorensen), and how prevalent concussion awareness is, Cena should be happy The Rock.
In a world where most headlines of former wrestlers are lined with tragedy, Rock gives the media a reason to speak of a former wrestler about something positive.
So Cena needs to see that the main thing The Rock has done by "leaving" is showing that after retiring from wrestling, your next headline doesn't have to contain a link to your obituary.