"Dwayne, I want you to listen," John Cena told Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in a promo leading up to their Wrestlemania 28 match in 2012. "This is not a movie promotion for me. Dwayne is no longer the people's champion. The first time he got a taste of the bright lights, he was out of here faster than I could say 'Rocky, don't go.' And then a year ago he came back. 'Finally, The Rock has come home.' And then he left again. April 1st means everything for me, because I'm not just fighting for me. I'm fighting for every person behind that curtain whose dream was to be a WWE superstar."
At that time, it had been nearly a decade since The Rock was an active wrestler in WWE, and Cena was taking him to task for his disloyalty to pro wrestling and its fanbase. John Cena would never abandon WWE for a career in Hollywood. Though, to be fair, Hollywood wasn't exactly banging down Cena's door at that time.
But what a difference a few years makes!
After well-received appearances in Trainwreck and Sisters, Cena's Hollywood career seems to finally be taking off. He's currently on Hiatus from WWE to film a season of Fox's American Grit. Now, it looks like he'll have to take more time off in the future, as he's been cast in The Pact, a new comedy film starring Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz. Backed by Chinese entertainment conglomerate DMG, the film will be the directorial debut of Kay Cannon. According to Variety, the film's plot will perpetuate the patriarchy:
The film follows three parents who, upon discovering that their daughters have made a pact to lose their virginities on prom night, go out and try and stop them before it's too late.
The only question remaining is, in 2022, which WWE mainstay will be cutting a promo on a part time returning Cena about his Hollywood betrayal? Roman Reigns? Tye Dillinger?