The Rock Talks About How Personal His Program Is With John Cena, Admits He’s Come Close To “Slapping The Lips Off His Face”

The Rock spoke to Cleveland.com to promote last night’s Raw Supershow in the city. He talks about his Wrestlemania XXVIII program against John Cena and discusses how it is more personable than his Wrestlemania X8 program with Hulk Hogan a decade ago. Below is an excerpt:

“Coming back into this world, I felt like I needed something real to sink my teeth into as a performer. And that was very real. Whatever Cena has said in the past publicly, three or four years ago, I always remembered it. Then, that gave us a nice launching point. It’s not personal. I don’t personally hate John, I don’t hate anybody but the tension is nice and real and I like it. I think it plays well into what we’re doing at Wrestlemania and people feel that. I don’t have to be your friend, I don’t want to be your friend. But when we go out there, let’s entertain the people.

But that tension is very palpable and it’s nice and real. I’ve come close a couple of times to slapping the lips off his face. It’s OK. I like his lips where they’re at for now.”

You can watch the entire interview embedded in the video below:

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  • Locus

    Thats nice.. And by the way Mr Richard gray Rock was not showing his whrist on Raw to show he had nothing written. What he really was doing was trying to show the camera he had goosebumps!!

    • kbunyon

      I will take that slap as well. I posted on RAW Results that he was showing his wrist for words, but in re-watching I saw it was goose bumps. I wasn't looking closely enough and screwed that one up myself.

      KB

  • Bryan

    I love how "real" this fued feels. Regardless of their personal, real life feelings for each other…when they go back and forth with each other in those promos, it feels so legit and it seems like they could start legitimately fighting at any moment.

  • Dangel

    rocky is old

    • Razmos01

      R truth is older

  • WNW Fan

    I think he truly has the utmost respect personally and professionally for John. Love or hate John he has done some great things in and out of the ring. Even though I have felt like Johns ring character has grown stale over the years, I still feel like he is "The Rock" of today's generation. The Thug-O-Nomics look monday night was great to see again. Very edgy and the single best promo he's done in years…although my 9 year old son asked me about Cena's look and wanted to have the same clothes and chain. Needless to say I discouraged that with him. LOL. I think a medium between the Thug and the Over the Top look would be great for Cena. Just my opinion. As far as Rocks writing on his arm, if you look closely at the footage, it looked to me like just marks to "look" like notes. The writing and then Cena calling it out to me seemed it was all part of the angle. I may be wrong but the markings looked like nothing more than scribbled lines…no actual words.

  • robert

    I don't like either one and it's an insult in the past saying cena is the new hogan, cena is the rock they both got the stupid running and stop then a elbow or fist, both have same kinda promos both came from football i mean ask a question bout background or styles and they are the same, don't insult hogan like that.

    • sean

      Hogan is insulting himself by disgracing his legacy in TNA

  • Paul Phillips

    John cena is overrated the rock is and will always be one of my all time fav along with Austin hhh the hardys and dudlys it won’t be long before cena is in tna when uncle vinny has had enough of his rimming

    • EricDraven86

      If Cena EVER goes to TNA, it will be his choice and not VKM's for him to leave WWE. In case ya haven't realized it in the last 4 or 5 years, Cena is going to be Vince's golden boy until he no longer draws (fat chance of that, with his appeal to the kids), or until he retires.

  • bruno

    John cena will kill the rock in a real life fight

    • Razmos01

      Are you on glue?

      • Ray

        Hahaha