Exclusive Photos: WWE The Rock vs. John Cena – Once in a Lifetime DVD

September 3, 2012 by Daniel Bee

WWE Rock vs. Cena: Once in a Lifetime (3-DVD) hits stores this month. WWEDVDNews.com can now give you an exclusive first look with these pre-release photos.


Having had the chance to watch this today, we can confirm that the documentary is NOT the same one as aired on TV in the run up to WrestleMania 28. Aside from not having the licensed music that the previous documentary had, this is a much more in depth look at the rivalry with extended (and new) interviews with those involved and backstage footage aplenty – including after the Rock/Cena match took place. Whilst the runtime is only 45mins, the piece covers a lot of ground, and it’s also of note that John Cena’s original comments made about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on The Sun’s Wrestlecast podcast in 2008 have been included. Get yours.

WWE The Rock vs. John Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD

WWE The Rock vs. John Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD

WWE The Rock vs. John Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD

WWE The Rock vs. John Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD

THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME STORY of two transcendent Superstars divided by polar opposite backgrounds, yet magnetized by equally larger-than-life personas. The Rock returns to the land he once electrified ready to lay “Boots to Asses,” while John Cena, the blue-collar face of the modern WWE is resolute to defend his turf. Their fourteen month collision was a seismic culture clash for an epic confrontation. This revealing and brand new documentary traces their individual rises to fame and providers and unprecedented inside look at their bitter rivalry on both sides of the curtain leading up to the biggest match in WWE history.

WWE The Rock vs. John Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD

WWE The Rock vs. John Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD

WWE The Rock vs. John Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD

WWE The Rock vs. John Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD

Rock vs. Cena (3-DVD or 2-BD) hits stores on September 11th [get your copy].

– It’s released to the UK and Europe in September also (at Silvervision.co.uk), and follows in October to Australia when ordering over at WWEDVD.com.au.



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  1. Beerad30 says:

    Getting the blu ray version of this, random question though, does anyone still buy the DVDs anymore or just blu rays

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Just watched the documentary. Definately better than the TV version

  3. WWEBluFan says:

    Great preview, albeit of the DVD version. I’m most excited about the FILM CUT of the Mania 28 match on the blu tho. Can’t wait to enjoy that one! It’ll be like seeing this EPIC match again for the very first time!

  4. Vincenzzzzzo says:

    This is going to be a great release. I thought the doc would have been the Once in a Lifetime special that was on TV, but I guess not. Doesn’t matter because I already have that anyway. I might just have to download it onto a disc and make mine a 3 disc blu-ray, ha!

    • Dave says:

      I agree…this is a great release, especially for Blu-ray collectors. Looking forward to checking out film cut version of the match…loved it on the Best PPV Matches 2011 with CM Punk vs Randy Orton, it just gives a different feel.

      Having their entire feud for the year with very moment, segment, and matches makes this a must have.

      Of course people are going to bitch about it because of Cena…but i’m sure WWE doesn’t give a damn, this will sell regardless.

  5. Steven says:

    This might be good but I’m waiting for nWo and Attitude Era.

  6. Mongoose Wizard says:

    Now I know I stated on the full content of this I thought it was crap. But that’s just my opinion and I know alot of people woldn’t agree with me and I apologize to the ones I did offend and exspecially Dave. The only reason I don’t like this one is because it’s all about just two guys, Cena and Rock. Now I would enjoy Rock and Austin why because I grew up in that era with them always at it. Now I love everything about the Rock but absoloutely hate Cena. Why you might ask? Well i’ll explain I was a big fan of him in the beginnig when he was an underdog but in my opinion hes put a little to high up there now day. Yes I enjoy seeing Cena supporting Make a Wish, But in wrestling I could care less! And that’s why i’m skiping this release. But that’s just my opinion, And once again I am really sorry if I offended anyone. To those who get this release, I hope you all enjoy it! 🙂

  7. pmdmf says:

    I like it, but I ordered the blu ray which means I won’t get cool photos like this with it.

  8. Mr Z says:

    A whole set based around Rock vs Cena. Undertaker vs Triple H Hell in a Cell was on The Streak DVD. CM Punk vs Jericho is on Punk’s DVD. That must be a sign of an awesome Wrestlemania when the three biggest matches are out on their own DVDs the same year. I’m surprised they didn’t squeeze 18 seconds into Sheamus of Bryan’s Superstar Collections.

  9. LP1 says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the “Once In A Lifetime” documentary that aired on TV the week before Mania 28 will be included as a Blu-ray exclusive. The listing for the Blu-ray lists a “TV Cut” which I’m presuming is that documentary.


      The Film TV Cut is not the documentary that aired on before Wrestlemania 28 lol, its the match at wrestlemania 28 the rock vs cena with a different view of it as it was filmed using different cameras !!

  10. Dave says:

    Looking forward to getting this on Blu-ray…for a release like this you would have to buy on Blu-ray – practically 95% of the content is in HD.

  11. Ryan says:

    i have a set of wwe dvds up on ebay for $175. it includes the ultra rare Unforgiven in your house attitude era collection dvd.

  12. mommy says:

    i wish they included the hall of fame where rock took a shot at cena, thats the first we really seen of this fued and it is the only thing not included from there fued

    • Daniel Bee says:

      The first comments Cena made trashing Rock never coming back (“don’t f*** the fans around”) on The Sun’s podcast are heard in the doc. I think that’s what started it all. The HOF was sadly not shown I think.

  13. RabidHeat says:

    I’m into this DVD. Regardless of what anybody says, this DVD will be the best it can be, for what it is. If you didn’t like the feud/match, of course you’re not gonna be into the DVD, in which case why would you buy it?

    I think if people are honest with themselves, the match was as every bit as good as it possibly could have been too. Nobody expected a Benoit/Angle classic, and these guys are still both good all-rounders in the ring, and they pulled everything out of their hats that they could do on that night. I’ve always felt that people who run the match down were probably just a bit fatigued the first time ’round after such a long show and just wanted to sleep by that point (I know I did). The match was much better when re-watched.

    For the rest of us who enjoyed the feud, this set will contain every moment from Raw leading up to it, and much more besides, which is great to have all in one place. The only upsetting part for me is that I just know that Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ will probably be edited out of the Rock Concert, which will be a shame.

    • SRB says:

      I’m with you Rabid. To me, this was one of the best programs in a long time and I truly think it deserves a set and the attention it’s getting. The build up was great and the match itself delivered along with the finish and match length. I also think this match came when WWE needed it. Mania 28 was good but Rock/Cena put it way over. I hadent seen a build up this good since Hogan/Andre or HBK/HHH. I understand if people didnt like the match or build up, but it was still implemented intelligently on WWE’s part.

    • Daniel Bee says:

      This DVD does what it says on the tin, is about the biggest wrestling feud in recent memory, and has a better than expected doc. Not quite the fail people make it out to be.

  14. SRB says:

    Nightmare’s computer isn’t working and he wanted me to pass along a message. “Not too sure about this one guys. I don’t think it’s gonna sell. I’m not a fan, so I’m gonna pass.”

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