John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson both are stalwarts of modern day pro wrestling. Both have had decorated careers in WWE and now both are working their way up in Hollywood. Both are real life friends and share a great connection with each other as they never fail to acknowledge each other’s achievements in any field be it wrestling or cinema.
But in a recent interview a former WWE writer has revealed that this was not always the case. Both superstars were engaged in rivalry that started at WrestleMania 27, when Johnson cost Cena his title against The Miz in reply to some verbal insults by Cena defaming him. Their rivalry would then get heated as WWE would announce a match between the two at WrestleMania 28 labelling it as “The Match of a Lifetime”.
Former WWE writer reveals the real life heat between The Rock and John Cena
The match would eventually be won by The Rock after delivering a Rock Bottom to Cena. The two would then again collide at WrestleMania 29 in the main event with Cena challenging Rock for the WWE Title. Cena would then defeat The Rock in their rematch to win the championship and end their feud.
In a rivalry which went along for 3 years, both superstars exchanged some tough words for each other but also worked great matches. But, according to a former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz it was very difficult to bring both the superstars on the same page. Brian revealed that the two superstars had some real life animosity between themselves because of a 2009 interview given by Cena in which he had commented on Dwayne Johnson’s work ethics and schedule.
While speaking on Under The Ropes podcast Brian revealed that The Rock was unhappy with Cena’s comments. He said- “It started with an interview that John had done in the UK, whatever the language that he used it rubbed Dwayne the wrong way,” Brian explained. He would then say though the whole situation considerably improved over time it was a challenge to work with the real life heat between the superstars.
“It was heated, I was literally in the middle of them in rooms, trying to be like ‘You guys, if you just got to know each other you’d be such great friends.'” Brian said that he was glad that he got to work with both of them in their long journey of the rivalry and was pretty satisfied with how the match and angle turned out to be.