CENA VS. ROCK COMMENTS, RAW SEGMENT RUNS LONG, EFFECT ON REST OF SHOW
By Mike Johnson
on 2012-02-21 00:19:20
There were quite a few workers backstage popping for John Cena's comments about Dwayne Johnson on Raw, feeling they were a shoot as to how some on the roster feel about Johnson. One talent commented via text (with permission to be quoted under condition of anonymity), writing, "[Johnson] comes in to use WWE to get back the audience he lost doing Disney movies, which is fine but he's been back over a year and name one person he helped make a bigger star since then? No one. He's here for himself, he keeps to himself, and he keeps someone who's actually touring here all year from making a bigger payday at the bigger shows. It's all about making this the "biggest" Mania of all time. OK, then what do we do the rest of the year? Who's been made? You think he took ANY blame for Survivor [Series] not drawing? Of course not, but how do you feud with a guy on the Titantron? Cena nailed the guy dead on tonight. Say anything about HHH, Taker, etc. still being in the top spot but if they were needed to work the road, they would and they would still work their asses off as much as they needed to. Rock is out for Rock and the idea he's here to better anything but his own wallet is the biggest work of 2012."
In Johnson's defense, anytime he's been booked for PPV or TV, I've heard he stays at the same hotel as the rest of the WWE crew. It's not like the guy is sequestered away like a Grand Jury. I can understand the frustration of him being on top, but the reality is, his name means greater box office for Wrestlemania and that does trickle down to everyone on the card. There's certainly a give and take to him being there, and it's certainly not all a negative.
The Undertaker-HHH segment actually ran about 8-9 minutes over tonight, causing the Divas tag to be cut down drastically in time and John Cena's ring entrance to be moved off-camera.
Perry Saturn and Greg Gagne were both backstage visiting. When I interviewed Saturn late last year, he expressed interest in working for the company again in some fashion.