As the entire IWC knows, John Cena is in the feud of his life with a man he may never have a match with: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Who’s winning the war of words is a toss up, as CeNation fans side with “The Champ” while The Millions side with Dwayne.
So, who’s right?
I argue it's John Cena.
John Cena is the current face of the WWE, and professional wrestling. Bar none. No one else even comes close.
While talking to co-worker Jeremy, a card-carrying CeNation member, it dawned on me that people view Cena as not only a professional wrestler but as an inspiration. A success story. A man you can look up to and aspire to be. That’s what Cena is to many people.
Then, of course, in 2008 Cena made these comments about Dwayne:
“This is my take on The Rock, and he's a genuinely nice guy. I've met him; he's a fantastic human being. What I kind of get peeved about, and I guess this is my flaw, my Achilles heel, I hear it every day with young talent, with mid-card talent, with people aspiring to make it in this business; I hear 'I've wanted to do this my whole life.'
Rock falls into that category. He, at one point, loved wrestling and wanted to do this all of his life. Explain to me why he can't come back for a 15th Anniversary show or why he can't make an appearance at Wrestlemania.
Simply put, it's because he wants to be an actor. There's nothing wrong with that, there's nothing wrong with that. He's a very good actor, he's very successful, he's done very well for himself and associating with sports entertainment doesn't do much for his acting career. It only helps out the sports entertainment audience so I get why he doesn't come back.
Just don't f*** me around and tell me that you love this when you are just doing this to do something else. That's the only thing that gets me really pissed off.
It'd be fantastic. The people would go nuts, and that's the thing, he has so much admiration from our audience. One thing I've learned from being a wrestler, or being on the other side of the barricade and being a fan, you almost don't realize it as a fan because you are a fan so much, you just go to everything. Being on the other side I learned how much of their hard-earned dollars are spent on our product.
And to have that much admiration still, when he hasn't been around, hasn't been on TV, you gotta respect that from our fanbase and he just doesn't give anything back, man. I wish he'd just show up, just say "Hi" and leave, it's all he's gotta do. Do the eyebrow once and get out of town. That's one thing that sweats me.
But like I said, he is a great guy, but we all know now that he wants to be an actor. There's nothing wrong with that because he's truly found another passion. He's good at acting, his films make money.”
Did Dwayne turn his back on WWE fans by saying he no longer wanted to be known as The Rock?
And Cena is absolutely right. WWE made Dwayne Johnson famous, and if we all remember correctly, he wanted to distance himself as far from “The Rock” as possible.
In an article with World Entertainment News Network in 2006, Dwayne is quoted as saying:
"From now on please call me Dwayne Johnson. I want to be known as Dwayne Johnson the actor, and not The Rock. I loved The Rock; The Rock was a nickname but what's happened is it's naturally progressed into Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. When it becomes just Dwayne Johnson, as it will in the next movie, "Southland Tales," that's fine. I never wanted to make that defining statement. It just didn't feel right to me."
That’s what made many people feel like The Rock was turning his back on what made him famous in the first place. And wasn’t he?
Even Chris Jericho somewhat supported that thought in an interview with UK Sun last year, saying:
"The Rock is a great guy, he's a great actor, he was a great wrestler—one of my favorites—but I don't understand why he doesn't want to come back to the show once in a while.
Maybe it's just that Rock's scheduling doesn't work out, but I never have that problem.
I never want to hide my wrestling background. I'm very proud of it, and if it wasn't for that I wouldn't be where I am today doing all these other great things.”
From the outcry of fans now, it’s apparent they’ve forgotten exactly what has gotten us to this point. Cena was only pointing out that Dwayne could come back and do the eyebrow, come back for an anniversary show, just show up once in a while in person and pay respects to the place that made him famous in the first place.
And what’s so wrong with that thinking?
The professional wrestling industry is looked down on. Just think of how many of you open-heartedly praise “Jersey Shore” or talk about “American Idol” to co-workers, but do you sing the praises about Raw? Smackdown?
It can be interpreted that Dwayne was looking down on WWE himself by distancing himself from it like he did. Seven years is a long time, and without WWE who’s to say that Dwayne would’ve ever made it in Hollywood? Without WWE fans backing his movies and supporting him, who’s to say that he would’ve ever gotten a starring role?
Let’s be honest here, WWE made Dwayne. Not the other way around.
Cena was only pointing out that he could at least pay some kind of respects in his seven-year hiatus and not just totally dismiss his involvement, making it look like it was a mistake.
Cena never said Dwayne should come back and work 350 days a year or quit Hollywood. He was saying that he should embrace WWE and its fans. The same fans who made him the People’s Champion.
Show up, do the eyebrow, cut a promo, then leave. Make another movie if you want to.
Just don’t push us aside like we aren’t worthy of your time.
That's why John Cena is right.
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