John Cena’s feud with The Rock was one of epic proportions. This rivalry between two of the biggest superstars of WWE spanned for nearly two years, yet successfully kept the fans at the edge of their seats.
The seeds of the feud were planted during the WrestleMania 27 period, which set up their match at next year’s event. Although Cena was unable to defeat the Rock at WrestleMania 28, he avenged his loss by defeating him for the WWE World Championship in the following year’s WrestleMania.
In the closing moments of WrestleMania 29, the WWE Universe witnessed Cena embracing the Rock. Not only that, he even mumbled something to Rocky. Since 2013, Cena didn't reveal what he had said to the Brahma Bull at that event but he broke the silence during the recent Salt Lake City Comic Con :
“There have been a few people that have asked me what I said, and my answer has always been that it’s been between me and him.”
Eventually, Cena recalled that moment when he won the Championship at the grandest stage by defeating The Rock and stated :
“I actually told him that he had taken a picture with me when I was an employee at Gold’s Gym back in the year 2000 when The Rock was like, meteoric. He didn’t need to pay any attention to anyone but people who could possibly do things for him, and here’s this low level employee at Gold’s Gym, wowed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I went up to him and asked if we could take a picture together, and he gave me the picture, and he gave me some advice on how to further my career, and he didn’t have to.
I held him close and I said ‘You’re never gonna remember this but you took a picture with me in 2000, it helped me stand here today, and if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t be here today.’ Then I thanked him very much for all he’s done for the industry, and for all he’s done for me, and then we went backstage and had a shot together in celebration.”
This disclosure reflects the mutual admiration between the legends of this pro-wrestling industry. Interestingly, their rivalry is famous for several personal comments the wrestlers shoot at each other. John Cena also mentioned that performed those segments pretty well :
“For two years The Rock and I kind of made fun of each other, a lot. It got pretty heated, and it got pretty personal. I said some things that were less than nice, he said some things that were less than nice. I can assure you in our line of work there is a grey area where imagination becomes very real, and we were right in the sweet spot with that grey area.”