WWE is set to electrify Madison Square Garden with an exhilarating live event on Boxing Day, featuring a highly-anticipated match that marks a return to a classic wrestling format. Wrestling enthusiasts are buzzing with excitement as Cody Rhodes prepares to take on Shinsuke Nakamura in a Bull Rope match – a spectacle not witnessed in WWE for over a decade.
Renowned for hosting spectacular events in the World's Most Famous Arena, WWE continues its tradition this year with a lineup that promises to be nothing short of spectacular. The highlight of the evening, as revealed by ESPN's Michael Kay, will be the Bull Rope match between Nakamura and Rhodes.
This unique and challenging format will see the two wrestlers connected by a bull rope, adding an intense and strategic element to their confrontation. Cody Rhodes, a seasoned performer, is no stranger to the Bull Rope match, having previously battled Jay Lethal in a similar setup in ROH back in 2017.
However, this marks his first Bull Rope match in a WWE ring, adding a layer of intrigue to the event. For Nakamura, this will be his inaugural experience in such a match, setting the stage for an unpredictable and thrilling showdown.
Unexpected Match Reshuffle
The event takes a surprising turn with the reshuffling of matches. Initially, Rhodes was slated to face 'Dirty' Dominik Mysterio, but plans have shifted, leading to Mysterio clashing with CM Punk in what will be Punk's first WWE match since January 2014.
WWE's history with the Bull Rope match is rich and varied. The most recent encounter in this format took place in 2009, featuring Hornswoggle and Chavo Guerrero. A more intense bout in 2007 saw Randy Orton face off against Cody's father, the legendary 'American Dream' Dusty Rhodes, in a memorable battle.
The upcoming event at Madison Square Garden boasts an impressive card, headlined by Seth 'Freakin' Rollins defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Drew McIntyre. The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships will also be on the line as Finn Balor & Damian Priest face Sami Zayn & Jey Uso.
Alongside these high-stakes matches, the event will feature a host of WWE superstars, including WWE Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley, Becky Lynch, The New Day, Ricochet, Raquel Rodriguez, and Omos. Fans can expect a night of intense action, thrilling matchups, and unforgettable moments as WWE brings its unparalleled entertainment to Madison Square Garden this Boxing Day.