Cena had accused Dwayne Johnson of leaving the world of professional wrestling to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood, only to later do the same thing.
During the press conference for WWE Fastlane, John Cena admitted he was hypocritical in his former feud with fellow wrestler-turned-Hollywood actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Cena said his beef with Johnson was fueled by anger that Johnson had left WWE to become a major Hollywood actor, which is exactly the kind of career Cena would pursue.
In May, Cena admitted that he had been “short-sighted and selfish” in arguing with Johnson, and has now told the press that “I see and understand 100%“how people can think of him as a hypocrite for accusing Johnson and then following in his footsteps.
“If you’ve been following what I’ve been trying to do, especially lately, publicly and personally with Dwayne Johnson, I’ve said that even though I thought I was doing what was best for business, I was doing it the wrong way. I violated his trust and made accusations about his choice that I understood nothing about. Deep down, I was a fan of him. I wanted The Rock to come back (to the WWE). I wanted to do everything to get The Rock back, but I went about it the wrong way“.
Cena continued: “I didn’t do it respectfully, so I had to bite the bullet. I had to say ‘I’m sorry and I was wrong’, because I really am sorry and I was wrong, and it was a very humiliating experience. Dwayne is an amazing guy… I have become what I despised. Now I see this perspective and understand it. It was a great learning experience from my mistake with The Rock“.
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Since his debut in Death Grip in 2006, Cena has then become an integral part of the DC Universe, appearing as Peacemaker in the film The Suicide Squad by James Gunn and then in the HBO Max series of the same name. He will return as the character in the second season of Peacemaker, which will be an integral part of Gunn’s new DCU.
This year, Cena appeared in the global hit Barbie in a brief cameo and returned to the Fast & Furious saga in Fast X.