On the road to WrestleMania 27 it was clear that tensions were high between The Rock and John Cena, and WWE spent an entire year building up to their “Once in a Lifetime” match at WrestleMania 28.
John Cena had been carrying the company for years while The Rock was focused on his work in Hollywood, and former WWE referee Mike Chioda explained on the Such Good Shoot podcast that Cena was not happy about taking a loss to The Rock on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
“I had that first one, and I was wondering who the f*** was gonna go over [win],” Chioda said. “Cena had been running the road for 10 years. Rock’s been in f***ing Hollywood, and then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘John, you’ve gotta do the job [lose].’ It was in Miami. I said, ‘Damn, I can’t believe they gave it to The Rock.’ I love The Rock, don’t get me wrong. I felt bad for Cena because I knew he was sourpussed about it. He busted his a** for a decade.”
Even though WWE promoted The Rock vs. John Cena as a “Once in a Lifetime” match, the company decided to book the match again in the main event of WrestleMania 29, and Chioda also shared his thoughts on the rematch.
“Then they set the second one up and of course you know Cena’s gonna get it back,” Chioda added. “That was kind of like [sigh], you know. Believe me, Rock was a star but he wasn’t as big of a star then as he is now. And Rock’s twice the size [now]… he’s f***ing jacked!”