John Cena was the face of WWE from 2006 to 2016 and carried the company on his back throughout the Ruthless Aggression as well as the PG era of WWE. During that time, he feuded with numerous top stars in WWE, especially The Rock. Interestingly enough, the outcome of Cena’s match against The Rock at WrestleMania 28 wasn’t locked in until the eleventh hour.

The Leader of Cenation talked about The Rock’s comeback to WWE during his appearance on the Howard Stern Show, focusing on their iconic match at WrestleMania 28. John Cena revealed that the decision on the match’s finish, where The Great One emerged victorious, was not finalized until two days before the event.

“I kind of knew what was gonna happen like a year in advance (for my match against The Rock at WrestleMania 28). But the decision on how the end would be was put up for debate until about two days before WrestleMania… a lot of weight rested on Dwayne’s shoulders because he’s the one who came back and he didn’t need to come back.”

John Cena highlighted the success of their build-up over the year, breaking records for WWE and achieving one of the most successful events in the company’s history. Despite some initial discomfort in planning, Cena praised The Rock’s professionalism and meticulous approach.


”Right then, he’s on the way to becoming his own universe. He doesn’t need to grace us with his presence. He’s doing okay. So he comes back and he does a lot of dates for us and the build-up is fantastic, we build the thing for a year. It breaks records for WWE, we break attendance records. One of the most successful events of all-time in the company. Two days before, we begin going over what we’re supposed to do… For like five minutes (it was uncomfortable), because we had buffers in Pat Patterson and Arn Anderson and Michael Hayes.”

”We finally have to be in the same space and eventually, we do have to work together and he is so professional and so meticulous and I just wanted to get the match in the ring. So it wasn’t like, hey, we gotta do this and this and this. Ideas would come and I would be like, ‘Yeah, let’s do that, let’s do that, let’s do that.’ So we incorporated every one of his great ideas into the match, even the very end where I get too cocky and ended up losing and the fact that it was a clean loss and he had his moment, this wonderful WrestleMania moment, the reason he came back, this is why he did this.”

John Cena also stated that he would not be who he is without The Rock. Regardless, the Leader of Cenation will always be glad for his feud with The Rock and that’s all that matters.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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