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Pitting stars of two different generations against each other is a favorite pastime of sports fanatics. And it is no different when it comes to the world of wrestling. Many times the fans have to just conjure up what could have been. But sometimes they do get to see their dream encounter unfold. Dwayne Johnson and John Cena’s rivalry in the 2010s certainly has to be among them. And a former WWE women’s tag champion has highlighted why it was such a hit.

There were two stellar matches that took place between the legends. It was the buildup of their clashes that enchanted the masses. Everything about their tussle wreaked of something special. And Johnson’s cousin Tamina recently talked about the epic generational battles.

Former women’s tag champion comments on Dwayne Johnson – John Cena rivalry


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She appeared on the TMZSports channel and discussed a host of things. The 9-time WWE 24×7 champion said, “The rivalry show with Rock and Cena I mean if you remember some of that…. And it’s like man between those two again like I was just saying this that man the charisma and the magic that those two made going back and forth. The promos just the just the, you could feel the fire from both of them”.

There won’t be many who would disagree with Tamina on her remarks. Even during the feud, there was a feeling that something extremely rare was on display.

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Cena narrowly came short of beating The Great One at WrestleMania XXVIII. However, he made amends the next and the only other time the two collided. ‘The Franchise Player’ did not just beat Johnson but also captured the WWE championship for the 11th time.

A generational feud for the ages

The weeks leading up to their clashes saw some of the greatest mic works by both the decorated competitors. The two are undoubtedly among the bests in the WWE in terms of mic work. And it showed with the intense verbal venom and praiseworthy comebacks. A callback by Cena to his previous ‘Doctor of Thuganomics’ gimmick was quite a nostalgic feast to fans’ eyes. Even a seasoned pro like Johnson had his work cut out with Cena’s terrific mic chops.

Not that the iconic performers hadn’t met their perfect opponents before. Johnson headlined three WrestleMania alongside fellow legend Stone Cold. The Texas Rattlesnake admitted that ‘The Brahma Bull’ always brought out the best in him. Cena on the other hand battled a plethora of contenders for his throne. However, his rivalry against ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton is still widely remembered by fans.

Johnson and Cena’s feud had something unique about it. Perhaps even a Box-Office touch about it. The Rock was already an established Hollywood star back then. The Cenation Leader also joined him in the movies business in the later years. The wrestling purists might have found their performance in the squared circle subpar. But we have to keep in mind both superstars were at different junctures in their careers.


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Tamina echoed the majority of the sentiments when she praised the Dwayne Johnson and John Cena rivalry. Her remark particularly on the intensity the two brought in their promos would find many supporters. Many would consider themselves lucky as it’s not often that a dream match comes to fruition.

Do you agree with Tamina on the Dwayne Johnson and John Cena rivalry?


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Let us know in the comments.

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Ritvic Pratap Singh


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Ritvic Pratap Singh is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Ritvic is very passionate about WWE and pro wrestling as the image of a wrestling ring always filled him with excitement and AJ Styles his favorite WWE superstar. Besides the wrestling world, Ritvic also has a profound love for soccer and is an ardent Manchester City fan.
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Amal Joyce