A film critic for the Los Angeles Times had something very interesting to say. He compared the performances of the three WWE stars who have portrayed the lead role. The critic stated that Dean Ambrose did a better job in the movie than Randy Orton did in the first sequel. However, he also stated that Ambrose did not nearly have the talent and screen presence of John Cena, who starred in the original movie.
September 12, 2015
During his much talked about podcast interview with Colt Cabana, CM Punk revealed that he was up for the lead role of 12 Rounds Reloaded, but Randy Orton got the part instead. Those were not the only two wrestlers that were being considered by WWE at the time. John Cena was the first choice, as management wanted him to reprise his character from the first movie. It has now also been discovered that Chris Jericho turned down the role as well.
December 19, 2014