• “That crossed the line” – The Rock Was Shocked After Being Publicly Disrespected By Top WWE Star
In 2008, John Cena was interviewed by The Sun, where Cena called out WWF Legend The Rock for leaving WWE for Hollywood and not giving back to the wrestling business.
In his “There’s Just One Problem…: True Tales from the Former, One-Time, 7th Most Powerful Person in WWE” book, former WWE Writer Brian Gewirtz wrote about the real-life heat between Rock & Cena.
Below are the highlights:
On Cena publicly criticizing The Rock:
“Rock had been a fan of John’s, and to hear these comments really didn’t sit well.
It would be one thing if John expressed these things face-to-face, but for Rock to hear them in a radio interview was jarring.”
On Cena saying Rock lies about his continued passion for WWE after leaving for Hollywood:
“For Rock, that last part crossed the line. When it happened, I talked to Rock about it and he told me point-blank he was surprised and actually shocked that the guy who took his place as the face of the company was so flippant — and so disrespectful — with his words.
Rock knew one day he’d see John and hold him accountable. Make no mistake, there would be a day of reckoning.”
On Rock & Cena having respect for each other after their WrestleMania 28 match:
“Compared to the buildup, the event itself, WrestleMania 28 was a cakewalk (Well, for me at least, since I didn’t have to actually wrestle a half-hour-long match in front of 78,000 people).
After the match, Rock and Cena were buzzing—thrilled with the match and the reaction from the fans.
They met backstage afterward, and it was there I saw a true mutual respect grow between them.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (October 5, 2007) – WWE Friday Night SmackDown!
On this day in 2007, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Friday Night SmackDown!’.
This episode was broadcasted from the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE No Mercy 2007’ PPV.
Here’s the official match-card from that night:
1. Chuck Palumbo vs. Ace Steel
2. Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Jamie Noble
3. WWE Tag Team Titles: MVP & Matt Hardy vs. Deuce & Domino
4. Kane vs. Kenny Dykstra
5. Jesse & Festus vs Chad Collyer & Mike Tolar
6. The Great Khali vs. Rey Mysterio