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 largest 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 12 months 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 needed me to do it and every part, and I believe Cena had slightly 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 obtained to job out to The Rock?
“Nicely, after all, the present is in Miami. The Rock is a giant Hollywood famous person now, and I believe there was slightly warmth there.
“There was slightly dissension. However you’ve obtained to go the place the cash goes… I imply, they put Rock over, and I used to be completely happy about that.”
Chioda believes The Rock and Cena had been each too proud to lose the primary of their two WrestleMania showdowns.
He added: “Listed below are two guys that had been making huge cash. And that’s why, it’s not even like, ‘Okay, I’m getting huge cash for this match. I’ll do the job.’ It turns into about ego and pleasure. It actually does.
“When it comes right down to it, cash will not be even the problem. It turns into an ego factor and a pleasure 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 positive John was p***** at Vince.”