Dwayne Johnson Revealed How Real His Old WWE Rivalry With John Cena Really Was

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WrestleMania 34 is just around the corner, and some of the WWE's biggest names have been making their rounds on late-night shows to promote the big event. Dwayne "The Rock," Johnson is one of those people, and while he's pulling double duty simultaneously promoting his upcoming film Rampage, he still had plenty of time to talk about his WWE past on Jimmy Kimmel Live! This included talking about his high-profile wrestling feud with John Cena, which Johnson revealed was more real than fans may have realized.

In the world of wrestling as you guys know, it's fictionalized, it's a tv show. But we had our rivalry, and now we can look back on it, it was so real. Like we had real problems with each other. We really did, which, by the way, led to... [us] setting WWE records with our pay-per-views, but like, we had real issues with each other.

Dwayne Johnson is referring to the WWE feud he and John Cena had years ago, which resulted in two WrestleMania main events. Johnson did not get into the specifics of their drama, but John Cena has publicly stated in the past it stemmed from promos the two cut against each other during airings of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Cena said the line between acting and actual insults was often crossed when the two were out in the ring putting on a show, and it caused a lot of tension between them when the cameras weren't rolling. According to Cena, he didn't appreciate sharing the spotlight with a former WWE superstar who he deemed a "part-time wrestler," on a break from Hollywood, and Johnson didn't appreciate Cena going on television and belittling all the hard work he'd put in throughout the years to get the success he earned in Hollywood.

Time, and perhaps John Cena eventually pursuing the same career path The Rock did, healed all wounds and Dwayne Johnson told Jimmy Kimmel Live! the bad blood between them is in the past. In fact, Johnson said he talks to Cena quite often and considers him to be one of his best friends. That's great news for WWE fans, as with both celebrities having a near-constant presence in Hollywood these days, there has to be someone that's interested in having the two to star in a Hollywood feature together. If the two celebrities have truly mended the fence between them, why not team these two up for the most electrifying box-office hit in film entertainment?

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET. WrestleMania 34, which will definitely feature an appearance by John Cena and maybe The Rock, airs on the WWE Network Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET. For more information regarding upcoming television, head on over to Cinema Blend's midseason premiere guide and summer premiere guide.

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Mick Joest is a Content Producer for CinemaBlend with his hand in an eclectic mix of television goodness. Star Trek is his main jam, but he also regularly reports on happenings in the world of Star Trek, WWE, Doctor Who, 90 Day Fiancé, Quantum Leap, and Big Brother. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio and Television. He's great at hosting panels and appearing on podcasts if given the chance as well.