John Cena made his return last night, both to Smackdown, and to Talking Smack, the WWE Network interview show now famous for its "shoot" promos. The wrestlers are allowed to be more real, with largely unscripted monologues giving an insight to their personalities and motiviations. Because of this, it's become must-see-TV for a lot of fans.
Last night's episode was guest co-hosted by JBL, who asked Cena about the "part-timer" insults he threw at The Rock ahead of their Wrestlemania 28 match. The Rock's movie career was taking off at the time, and Cena's point, back then, was that Rock had deserted the WWE fans. Considering that Cena has now been taking time off to do his own Hollywood projects, one might consider him a hypocrite.
Faced with this line of questioning, Cena responded with a mea culpa of sorts. “I consider what I said back then the stupidest stuff ever. I was looking at it through very blinded eyes and I really wanted The Rock to come back to the WWE, and I figured that hitting him where it hurts would get him back to the WWE, and it worked," Cena said. "But I’ve apologized to him in person, I’m on the web for the world to see, I was wrong, he was right. He’s now the highest paid actor in Hollywood, he has transcended this business, and I think anytime a superstar can give what he’s given to the WWE, and then transcend the WWE, that’s good for all of us.”
If Cena truly believes that now, it certainly is a justification for him taking breaks from the WWE to film movies and TV shows and host Saturday Night Live.
During his return last night on Smackdown, he challenged AJ Styles for the WWE Championship in a match to be held at the Royal Rumble in San Antonio next month.
You can watch Cena on Talking Smack below: