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John Cena says he was “foolish, selfish and ignorant” for past comments about The Rock

WWE star John Cena was recently a guest on the “Gorilla Position” podcast to talk about several professional wrestling topics and promote his upcoming “Bumblebee” film. During the show, Cena took the opportunity to apologize for his past comments about The Rock during their feuds for WrestleMania 28 and 29.

Cena would repeatedly take shots at The Rock for leaving WWE in favor of pursuing a career in Hollywood. However, several years later, Cena is doing the exact same thing. “The Leader Of The Cenation” apologized to Rock, and said he was wrong:

“I’m sorry and I was wrong,” Cena said. “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 went on to admit that balancing a life in WWE and acting is difficult and said he was “foolish, selfish and ignorant” for his past comments:

“This is a very tough balancing act and it’s one, when I called out Dwayne, I called him out because of ignorance,” Cena said. “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!”

H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions

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