John Cena Apologized To Fellow WWE Veteran Dwayne Johnson For Their Feud In The Past

John Cena admitted he feels “shortsighted and selfish” for starting a feud with Dwayne Johnson a decade ago when they were both major WWE stars. Cena said on Thursday’s episode of the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that he “would like to think” the pair – who went on to become massive Hollywood stars, sharing screen credits in this year’s “Fast X” – “always have been good, except for one little patch where I messed up.”

John Cena Dwayne Johnson Feud
John Cena Dwayne Johnson Feud

Cena was referring to the time in 2011 when Johnson, already a bankable movie star, returned to WWE after nearly a decade away. Cena saw it as a provocation and an opportunity to “call him out” for returning and challenge him to a fight at the time. The “Trainwreck” actor explained that he “got selfish, and me living WWE at the point and not having any concept of growth or someone else’s perspective” led to the feud. He said this on the podcast “Happy Sad Confused.”

“My view was, if you love something, be there daily. I am a hypocrite because I still love WWE and can’t always go. And I didn’t see that; I was so selfish.” The muscular duo’s feud culminated in two buzzy WrestleMania matches, including “WrestleMania 29” in April 2013, which drew large crowds.

“I wanted a main event marquee match because it would (be) better (for) what I thought was the business. And that’s so shortsighted and selfish,” Cena paused to reflect. “It worked,” he added, “but it worked at the cost of two people who communicated and almost jeopardized it.”

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Since then, he and Johnson have put their old feud behind them. Cena appeared as himself in Johnson’s 2019 film “Fighting with My Family,” and Johnson appears as Hobbs in this summer’s “Fast X,” which also stars Cena. On Thursday, Cena said of their feud,  “It was almost at the cost of our friendship, which I would like to say now is in a perfect place.”

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