WWE News WWE News: Rock responds to Cena in lengthy promo, addresses "never leaving," explains the feud, hints at Survivor Series return (w/VIDEO)
Jul 13, 2011 - 12:31:09 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor
The Rock posted a video message on his Facebook page responding to John Cena's anti-Rock promo during last week's Australia Tour. Rock's full promo can be viewed here or in the video below. The highlights of Rock's promo:
-- Rock hinted that he will be returning to WWE at Survivor Series in New York City in November for a pre-WrestleMania 28 confrontation with Cena.
"The Rock cannot wait for WrestleMania," he said. "(Team Bring It) is going to find you before WrestleMania. And, The Rock is going to drop a little hint where it's going to be. It's going to all go down in the city where it all started. From the moment Rock walked in that historic arena and thousands chanted The Rock's name that very first night."
Rock made his WWE TV debut 15 years ago at Survivor Series 1996 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where this year's Survivor Series will be held.
-- Rock laid out a clear explanation of the Cena vs. Rock feud based on Rock "representing the vocal males" who see Cena as phony.
"This eats away at your very core in every arena around the world: 'Let's go Cena' / 'Cena Sucks!' You know why men boo you around the world and don't respect you? You know why you go to your own hometown of Boston and boo you? Rock will tell you why. Rock is a man and Rock represents a majority of men around the world who don't like you and don't respect you. Why? We see through bulls--- and smell a phony punk a mile away."
Rock cut to the core of the feud: "See, John, you've been running The Rock down for years about me being an actor - something I love - and being the People's Champion - something else I love - while your two-faced ass has been trying to do the same thing. People see through it. They see the phoniness. They witness the phoniness every single night."
-- Rock addressed Cena knocking him for not appearing on WWE tours by presenting the argument that Rock already did the same schedule Cena is doing right now during the Attitude Era.
"It's not what was ever expected of The Rock. Why? Because The Rock has already done it. Every single thing you're doing right now in WWE, John, - running your mouth - Rock has already done it," he said. "Rock and all his boys from the Attitude Era were on the road every single night...laying it down and paving the way."
-- Rock slipped on calling Cena an "employee" of WWE, although if this is to be considered part of the storyline-driven build-up for Cena vs. Rock at WrestleMania 28, the implication WWE creates in their own "universe" on television is wrestlers are employees of WWE.
"Here's a fact, John Cena, you are an employee of WWE. Rock is not. You are obligated to go to every single show, every single night. If you don't, guess what, you get fired," Rock said.
Rock then addressed criticism of him saying in his big return promo earlier this year that he was "never going away."
"When Rock says he's back, that must mean he needs to come to every show. And if he doesn't come to every show, that must mean he doesn't care," Rock said, addressing Cena's criticism. "Let me tell you something. Every time Rock goes to an event, it's because he cares. Let me tell you something, it ain't for the money. Rock isn't doing it for the money. I'm doing okay. I damn sure don't do it for the money." Rock then claimed Cena is doing it for the paycheck.
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