Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena once again defended his past comments about Dwayne Johnson, the artist formerly known as The Rock, in which he criticized him for leaving the business:
"The truth is that Dwayne Johnson is a great actor and I think always wanted to be an actor, and there's nothing wrong with that," Cena said. "It's like an athlete saying, "Hey, I don't do drugs," and then getting busted for drugs. Here's a guy who said he was WWE through and through, and then the first chance to take a road to a different career path, he took it."
Cena said he believes Johnson is "one of the hardest workers you'll ever meet," but he feels Johnson cheapened the credibility of future WWE stars, such as himself.
He continued: "It just cheapens that phrase, "Oh, I love this business." So then next time I come up and say I love this business, well, the guy before me who said that left. That doesn't look good for me or our business."
I'm not a fan of Cena and probably never will be. These comments illustrate why. I guess John Cena doesn't know who The Rock is, his history, and obviously must've never watched wrestling when he was on.
If I could question Cena, I would ask, When do you think The Rock wanted to be an actor? When he grew up watching his dad and grandfather wrestle? When he was playing college and Canadian football? When he debuted? When he was in the Nation of Domination? When he was headlining WrestleMania? When Cena?"
The truth of the matter is that Hollywood called The Rock, not the other way around.
He lucked upon The Mummy Returns, and when everyone praised him, the WWE capitalized on his fame, and developed WWE Films. They then cast him in a starring role in The Scorpion King. Vince McMahon did that Cena, not The Rock.
By the time all this happened, The Rock was a champion many times over, had been in the company for five or six years, and was a huge star. He even returned for a few more years, became champion even more times before leaving.
The real basis of Cena's jealousy is that he is doing what Cena wishes he, and a lot of other guys could do: go out on top.
Dwayne took a chance other guys would've dreamed of having. He left without ever leaving a "what if?" question mark on his resume, and he left healthy, young and able to leave behind one of the biggest stamps on the business that will ever exist.
The Rock became Dwayne Johnson and is now fully able to enjoy a movie career while sporadically returning and getting fans hyped up in just hearing the introduction of his music.
I was a major fan of his and still am. I don't blame him for leaving and not coming back. What does he need to come back and wrestle for? To wrestle Cena? To wrestle HHH again? What is there for him?
Cena right now is doing action movies like The Rock did. He even talks about in this interview about going beyond action movies, like The Rock did.
That would mean leaving the WWE. (Gasp!)
While being critical of Dwayne for his choices, Cena is being a hypocrite. I have no doubt that if given the opportunity to leave WWE right now, in order to have Dwayne's movie career (even his wrestling career for that matter,) Cena would take it.
As for diminishing the saying of having "heart for the business" because he left?
Get over it Cena. Every person, man or woman, in wrestling loves the business and has heart for it. If Dwayne didn't, he would have never become The Rock and had the fans behind him.
The truth is, Cena hates that all the fans aren't behind him and his passion for the business like they were when The Rock was around. What The Rock did when he left was make it harder for guys like Cena to leave when the opportunity comes because they'll be just another copycat of The Rock.
I've got news for you Cena, you already are.
While some people will complain about The Rock's leaving and how he should come back, I won't. Enjoy being injury-free and concussion-free, Dwayne. You earned it.
And Cena, stop whining.
Then maybe a majority of fans, myself included will actually like you. Because buddy, you'll never be The Rock or Dwayne Johnson, inside the ring or out.