KEY POINTS

  • John Cena said Dwayne Johnson should not be pressured to return to WWE
  • The "F9" actor called The Rock one of the greatest performers in WWE
  • Cena is hoping to see Johnson back in the WWE ring someday

John Cena spoke about his return to WWE and shared that he was hoping Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would do the same.

The "F9" actor made his comeback into the WWE ring over the weekend. In his interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cena said he is not pressuring The Rock to make the same decision as him, but he is hoping that he will.

"He's earned the right not to be pressured into that choice. I can say he is a fan of the WWE," Cena told ET. "He is the most electrifying man in sports entertainment. So as a fan do, I want to see one of the greatest performers of all time step back in the WWE ring? Yeah. But in no way am I gonna call him and if I'm gonna talk to him about something, it's not gonna try to be to get him back in the WWE ring. He needs to come to that conclusion by himself."

"Because then, his performance will be, The Rock, he'll be the best he can be. So I do hope he comes back, as a fan, and I hope it's wonderful, and if he chooses not to, he's earned the right to choose not," he continued. 

Johnson retired from WWE in 2004. He was 32 at the time. He came back as a part-time performer in 2011 but left two years later. In 2019, he announced that he had officially retired from wrestling. The Rock talked about his retirement in an Instagram Q&A in May 2020 and shared the two reasons why he left the professional wrestling scene for good. 

"One: my contract had expired and two: which is the most important thing, an agreement that I have with anybody in the world. Any company, any individual, it's always important to me — it means everything to me — to shake that person's hand and look them in the eye," he said.

When Johnson's contract expired, he said he had delivered on his agreement with the WWE and longtime mentor and friend Vince McMahon. He noted that they shook hands and moved on.

"My wrestling career ended the only way I was willing — flat on my back, getting beat 1, 2, 3, looking up at the stars and being grateful for my blessings," he added. "I went out the right way. The respectful way. I retired from wrestling in 2013. Grateful to the bone. And on my shield."

Meanwhile, in the same interview, Cena talked about his new film "Vacation Friends." He admitted that he almost literally let his hair down for the Hulu film.

He said most of the budget went to his hair because they had to make more of it. He was also asked to grow his hair out and grow a little stubble. He tried for six months, but he couldn't grow anything.

Cena also praised his character, Ron, in the film. According to him, his role helped him to be "kind of easy and fancy-free" at the moment. He also found it a joy to "have messed up hair all the time."

"Vacation Friends" premieres on Hulu on Friday.

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