He revealed the nature of his relationship to Dwayne Johnson in an interview he gave to Chris van Vliet, which was a part of his promotion effort for his latest movie Bumblebee. Both stars had a similar path, starting in the ring and moving on to the Hollywood main stage as actors.
I owe a lot of what I’ve done in WWE and in cinema to Dwayne Johnson,” Cena said. “He’s always been genuine, he’s always shot straight – and that’s on TV and off the TV. We have a very good rapport with each other and I’ve told this to him, that I’m sorry, and I can tell it to you. I spoke out of ignorance, I was wrong, and I’m sorry. So for any WWE person right now saying ‘You’re a part-timer. You’re going to Hollywood.’ They’re absolutely right. And if they can’t see why I’m making those moves, I don’t expect them to. I don’t expect to change their mind.”
One other thing Cena regrets is how he is represented in WWE. One of his biggest wishes is to be a heel or a bad guy, but he feels that ship has sailed.
“There are creative feelings inside me that would like to be a bad guy on WWE,” he said. “But that ain’t gonna happen because that’s not my job. My job is to be who I am and that comes from my director.”