Backstage Drama Between John Cena and The Rock Before WrestleMania Match in Miami?

Mike Killam

WWE Superstar John Cena was a guest on ESPN's Highly Questionable show with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones this week.

When asked who in the WWE is "legitimately crazy": 

"Vince McMahon. But I love the guy. He's my boss and I love him, but he's a crazy genius. He's the equivalent of an old Earl Weaver fit on an umpire. That is Vince McMahon when something goes wrong."

On the greatest shame of his career: 

"Losing to the Rock at WrestleMania 28 in Miami. I spent a year telling everybody how important that match was to me, and how proud I am of all of this. The Rock was gracious enough to come back to the WWE and perform for one time and one time only, for WrestleMania 28 in his home town." 

The hosts acknowledged that the outcome of the match was pre-determined, and questioned why Cena seemed visibly upset by the match he knew he was going to lose: 

"There is a giant underlying story that you may or may not know about. I really would have liked to be on top that night. It's the good with the bad. The unique thing about the WWE is that it's sport and that it's entertainment, and it's the best of both. Everybody wants to be the Super Bowl champion but there can only be one. And it was a bit of a disappointment that on that night I couldn't be."

"That's one of those stories that years from they're gonna put Dwayne Johnson on one seat at a table, and me at another seat at a table, and I'll be smoking a cigar and we'll both be drinking something out of a coffee cup. We'll tell that story then … It's an interesting story, and obviously it's one that you want to hear about. So hopefully some day at the right time you will." 

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