John Cena regrets everything he said about Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson leaving WWE
John Cena has become a genuine Hollywood heavyweight of late.
The 16-time world champion has enjoyed incredible success on the silver screen.
On Boxing Day – the day of his WWE return – his latest movie ‘Bumblebee’ hits cinemas in the UK.
His rise in the film world has earned him comparisons with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who has taken Hollywood by storm sincere jumped ship from WWE.
The Rock rarely returns to the squared circle these days due to filming commitments.
And it once prompted an infamous outburst from Cena seven years ago, who slammed his former ring rival for turning his back on the company that provided him a platform to the top.
But Cena admitted he now regrets his rant – because he knows exactly why The Rock had to stay away.
“I’m sorry and I was wrong,” said the 41-year-old, speaking to leading wrestling podcast Gorilla Position.
“That’s the best thing I can do. I think my gripes were legitimate inside the WWE Universe.
“The WWE Universe is so dedicated and so fanatical that they’re giving me the same comments that I gave Dwayne Johnson because every Monday and now moving to Friday, when they turn on the TV that’s their lives.
“That’s the thing that they follow the most and I’m not there anymore. I’m here promoting Bumblebee. They’re gonna watch Bumblebee, but they’ll go to the movie theatres once, twice, or whatever. It’s every Monday and if you’re not there every Monday, as a viewer, especially if I’ve been with you guys 15 years, you feel offended. Especially because before I was like, ‘Hey man, where’d you go?’
“This is a very tough balancing act and when I called out Dwayne, I called him out because of ignorance.
“I called him out as someone that had tunnel vision in WWE and didn’t understand the process that when you make a movie, you are not allowed to do anything else because if you ruin this – if Seth Rollins splits my nose open over here – I can’t film the movie and there’s hundreds of other people whose financial well being depend on whether I show up to work in one piece.
"If I stop production, that could shut production down. That costs the movie money.
“It hampers the success of the movie, so once again I was foolish, selfish, and ignorant, but it made for awesome TV, so at least we’ve had that. It’s a conversation I’ve had with Dwayne multiple times and something I’m super comfortable telling any interviewer.
“I was ignorant. I was wrong and I’m sorry.”
Cena has spent the best part of 2018 working alongside action movie legend Jackie Chan.
His last appearance in WWE was in Melbourne back in October when he partnered Bobby Lashley to defeat Elias and Kevin Owens at WWE Super Show-Down.
He will make his long-awaited return on December 26 at a WWE Live Event at Madison Square Garden in New York.
It is thought he will play a further bit-part role in 2019 with more movie projects to fit in. However he is expected to appear at WWE’s signature pay-per-view events – including Royal Rumble in January and WrestleMania 35 in April.
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