John Cena did not want to lose to The Rock at Wrestlemania 28. The two megastars clashed in the main event billed as ‘Ónce in a lifetime’.
Almost nine years ago, the WWE booked a match between the Rock and John Cena at Wrestlemania. The Rock was one of the biggest stars of the Attitude Era alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin and Cena was the backbone of the Ruthless Aggression Era. This was a must see fight dubbed Ónce in a lifetime’.
Of course, the two ended up fighting each other twice in consecutive Mania main events with both stars sharing a win each. It seems however, that Cena wasn’t too keen on losing to the Brahma Bull and wanted to walk out the victor in their first encounter itself.
John Cena did not want to lose to The Rock at Wrestlemania 28
While speaking on Monday Mailbag on AdFreeShows, former WWE referee Mike Chioda spoke about the backstage between the two Superstars. He revealed that the Rock personally set him up to be the referee for the match and Cena wasn’t to pleased about having to do the job.
“I’ve always admired the Rock over the years in working with him, and then. Rock set me up to be the referee for that match when he came back with Cena.”
“And I was like, awesome. Had this match, you know, Rock wanted me to do it and everything. And I think Cena had a little bit of a problem doing the job as here is Cena, carrying the torch for the last ten years I think at that time, and he was busting his a** day in, day out. And here comes The Rock back after so many years of being in Hollywood, and he’s got to job out to The Rock? Well, of course, the show is in Miami.
“The Rock is a big Hollywood Superstar now, and I think there was a little heat there. I think there was a little dissension. But you’ve got to go where the money goes. I mean, they put Rock over, and I was happy about that. I was like, yeah, you know.”
John Cena has himself left the WWE for the glittering lights of Hollywood since although he is still signed with the WWE on a part time basis. He has constantly returned for the big shows such as SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania although he has said that it will be impossible for him to appear at the Shows of Shows this year.
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