John Cena says he was “short-sighted and selfish” about the Dwayne-Johnson feud

Reflecting on his WWE feud with Dwayne Johnson, John Cena admits to being “short-sighted and selfish” about the situation.

On the May 18 episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Cena said he “really screwed up” when he feuded with Johnson between 2011 and 2013 when he returned to WWE, having left WWE nearly a decade earlier left to pursue a full-time acting career. Of course, both Cena and Johnson are now big Hollywood stars, with Cena portraying the brother of Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto in the newly released Fast

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“I got selfish and since I was living in WWE at the time and had no concept of growth or anyone else’s perspective, I thought Dwayne’s comments were fake,” Cena said. “My opinion was: If you love something, be there every day. What a hypocrite I am because I still love WWE and can’t be there all the time. And I just didn’t see that, I was so selfish.”

Their feud culminated in two highly publicized WrestleMania matches in 2012 and 2013, with Johnson winning the first while Cena was victorious in the rematch. While there’s no denying that the animosity between the two has made for great television, Cena does have a little regret about how it all turned out.

“I wanted a main event festival because I felt it would improve business. And that’s so short-sighted and selfish,” he said. “It worked, but it worked at the expense of two people communicating with each other and almost compromising it. And there was a moment when there was a lot of bad vibes between us, and rightly so.”

However, despite their past troubles, the two were able to develop a strong friendship. “It almost came at the expense of our friendship, which I want to say is in a really good state now,” Cena said.

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