Do you remember John Cena’s feud with The Rock back in 2012? It was mostly based around Cena accusing Dwayne of turning his back on wrestling to make a career in movies. What a sell out.
Oh by the way, Cena’s just signed on for a new film to make a career in movies.
Cena hasn’t been on WWE TV since October because he’s filming the second season of his reality show American Grit. Which is nothing like The Rock’s 2013 reality series The Hero. They’re nothing alike. Cena didn’t even show up on Smackdown’s special 900th episode because of the commitments. He was expected to return to the Smackdown tours in late December once production is over, but now Variety are reporting he’s been cast in another film, called The Pact, which could possibly delay his return even further.
The film is about three parents who find out their daughters have made a pact to lose their virginities on prom night, which they try to stop from happening. This marks Cena’s fourth comedy role since last year’s Trainwreck with Amy Schumer, Daddy’s Home with Will Ferrell and Sisters with Tina Fey. They’re all part of the Judd Apatow/ex-Saturday Night Live group of writers and performers, a clique that sometimes seems to work just like a wrestling promotion. Steve Carell ‘got over’ in Anchorman, so he got the lead in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Seth Rogen ‘got over’ in The 40 Year Old Virgin, so he got the lead in Knocked Up. Cena was very well-received in the three comedies he’s made so far, and now he’s getting a central character in The Pact. Apparently Mark Whalberg was very close to beating him for the role, but Cena kicked out at two.
This comes alongside last week’s report that John Cena’s name had appeared on Thor: Ragnarok’s IMDb cast list – another huge role. Which is nothing like The Rock as Black Adam in DC’s upcoming Shazam superhero movie. They’re nothing alike. Before you know it, Cena could be acting full-time quicker than you can say ‘Dave Bautista’.
Interestingly, Cena’s sudden increase in film roles – his last was 2015’s Sisters – comes at the same time as rumours that not all is well between him and WWE. I talked about this on Monday, where AllWrestlingNews said there was a rumour that Cena wasn’t happy with Vince McMahon because he thinks he should be treated in the same way as Goldberg and Brock Lesnar – who both have enormous pay-days for their appearances. Cena is still the company’s biggest earner, but he has to work a pretty much full-time schedule to make that kind of money.
AllWrestlingNews never cited any of their sources, and the rumour didn’t seem that reliable, but now CageSideSeats are also reporting they’ve heard talk of “friendly tension” between Cena and WWE over Goldberg’s big-money deal and his outside projects like the film work – which ironically both seem to be sending Cena in a WWE part-timer direction. Nothing like The Rock at all.
If Smackdown are losing one of their biggest roster members, they’re going to want someone to replace him. Which might be why General Manager Daniel Bryan has been so persistent in approaching Raw-drafted WWE stars.
He’s been going after Cesaro for a few months, and now he’s set his sights on Sami Zayn. After Mick Foley warned Zayn about Braun Strowman on this week’s Raw, Bryan tweeted:
“Dear @iLikeSamiZayn, #TeamBlue will never hold you back #BlueIsBetter”
This comes after Bryan name-dropped Zayn as someone who had specifically asked him backstage about a move to Smackdown on WWE’s State of the Universe Network special.
Apparently Bryan approaching Raw wrestlers on Twitter isn’t something WWE have asked him to do, which means there probably aren’t any backstage plans to move Cesaro or Zayn to Smackdown.
The much more likely reason is because – and let’s check this week’s counter – Daniel Bryan currently gives…zero f****.
It’s still zero everyone! Still zero.
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