EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
WrestleMania 28 festivities are well underway down in Miami, Florida, for the major event set to take place this Sun., April 1, 2012, live on pay-per-view. And that means the superstars who will be in action are doing rounds with the media.
Which means they're working ... in more ways than one.
John Cena gave an interview to the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show that featured quite a bit of talk centered around whether or not his feud with The Rock is scripted or not. In fact, the title to the post published on the CBS Washington website is "John Cena's Feud With The Rock Is Anything But Scripted."
Which, of course, simply isn't true.
Cena also touched on the infamous "notes' Rock had written on his wrist on Raw a few weeks ago and how he made the decision to bring attention to it. This part is rich:
"That was something I saw right there. I wouldn't have even said anything if I didn't see it. When I watch TV and I'm in the ‘Gorilla Position,' which is right before you go through the curtain, and they have a TV there... I couldn't believe it. Once I saw it, the words became bigger and larger and his body was covered in words. It was like, I couldn't ignore it. It became like the giant mole on the face. I had to."
It's no surprise that Cena would give an interview in character and claim he was shooting from the hip for that segment. And it was an incredibly well done television moment, as we even let speculation run wild here regarding whether or not it was a work or a shoot.
Ultimately, though, it became quite obvious that the old adage in pro wrestling rings true -- if you're seeing it on television, that's because you're supposed to. The Rock was swinging his arm around and making it quite obvious he had notes written on his wrist. And with both Vince and Stephanie McMahon having made clear that they were hoping to create a split reaction, something that hadn't been happening previous to that night, it seems quite obvious the entire thing was done to put Cena closer to Rock's level.
And it worked, to an extent. What's fascinating, though, is to see the media play into Cena's work as if it's real. As if he really was sitting at the Gorilla Position, noticed the wrist notes, and made an impromptu appearance in the ring to mess with Rock, theme song to play him down and all.
To that end, WWE has to be even more ecstatic with their booking of this feud.