One of the biggest rivalries of the past decade in the WWE has been between two icons of the business in John Cena and The Rock.
The two headlined back-to-back WrestleMania events in 2011 and 2013, with Cena pinning The Rock to win the WWE title the last time they met at WrestleMania 29.
During their feud, which spanned over two years, The Leader of the Cenation took several shots at The Great One, criticizing him for his part-time status in the WWE. However, the tables have now turned.
With his career thriving outside the ring, the 16-time world champion has now adapted the part-time approach to the WWE after years of being the face of the company. During an interview with Gorilla Position, he offered a formal apology to The Rock over part-timer comments he made years ago.
He said, via Wrestling Inc: "I'm sorry and I was wrong. That's the best thing I can do. I think my gripes were legitimate inside the WWE Universe. The WWE Universe is so dedicated and so fanatical, that they're giving me the same comments that I once gave Dwayne Johnson because every Monday and every, now moving to Friday, when they turn on the TV, that's their lives.
"That's the thing they follow the most. I'm not there anymore, I'm here promoting Bumblebee. They're gonna watch Bumblebee but it's only like they'll go to the movie theatre just once, twice, whatever watch it. It's every Monday!
"And if you're not there every Monday, as a viewer, especially since I've been with you guys for fifteen years, you now feel offended. Especially since before, I was like, 'Hey man, where'd you go?'
Cena continued: "This is a very tough balancing act and it's one, when I called out Dwayne, I called him out because of ignorance.
"I called him out as someone who had tunnel vision in WWE and didn't understand the process that when you make a movie, you are not allowed to do anything else. Because if you ruin this, if Seth Rollins puts my nose over here, I can't film the movie. And that's not conceded, there's 100 other people who's financial well-being depends on if I show up for work in one piece.
"So, if I stop production, that could shut production down. That cost the movie money, it hampers the success of the movie. So once again - I was foolish, selfish and ignorant but it made for awesome TV!"
Cena still makes WWE appearances every now and then, but it's nowhere near the same schedule he used to be on for the company year in, year out.
However, what separates Cena from other legends who are part-timers is that he wants to wrestle on house shows first, rather than making appearances on Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live. As always, the 16-time world champion is putting the WWE fans first.
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