John Cena hated shedding to The Rock at WrestleMania 28, it has been claimed.
The Nice One returned to WWE for a ‘As soon as in a Lifetime’ match with Cena, who was the corporate’s greatest star on the time, in 2012.
The Rock pinned the 43-year-old on the Present of Reveals, earlier than placing his rival over for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29 a yr later.
Regardless of ending the two-year feud with the title, Cena was sad with WWE chairman Vince McMahon’s determination to have The Rock get the primary victory.
Talking on his podcast, Monday Mailbag, former WWE referee Mike Chioda stated: “We had this match, you understand, Rock wished me to do it and all the pieces, and I believe Cena had a bit little bit of an issue doing the job.
“Right here is Cena, carrying the torch for the final 10 years and he was busting his a** day in, time out.
“And right here comes The Rock, again after so a few years of being in Hollywood, and he’s acquired to job out to The Rock?
“Nicely, in fact, the present is in Miami. The Rock is an enormous Hollywood celebrity now, and I believe there was a bit warmth there.
“There was a bit dissension. However you’ve acquired to go the place the cash goes… I imply, they put Rock over, and I used to be pleased about that.”
Chioda believes The Rock and Cena have been each too proud to lose the primary of their two WrestleMania showdowns.
He added: “Listed below are two guys that have been making large cash. And that’s why, it’s not even like, ‘Okay, I’m getting large cash for this match. I’ll do the job.’ It turns into about ego and satisfaction. It actually does.
“When it comes all the way down to it, cash shouldn’t be even the problem. It turns into an ego factor and a satisfaction factor.
“It’s like, ‘I’ve been carrying this enterprise for the final 10 years, I ought to go round him first, then he’ll go round me’. ‘No, no, Rock’s going to go round you first.’ I’m certain John was p***** at Vince.”