In a stunning turn of events that has the WWE Universe buzzing, Cody Rhodes will no longer be stepping into the ring against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40. Instead, the spotlight shifts to a highly anticipated family showdown, as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is now poised to challenge his cousin, "The Tribal Chief," Roman Reigns.
The dramatic pivot unfolded on "WWE SmackDown," where Reigns confidently addressed the crowd, dismissing World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins' entreaties to Rhodes and Rollins' self-anointed status in the WWE hierarchy.
Reigns, with his characteristic swagger, made it clear that he was above pandering for Rhodes' or anyone else's attention. The tension escalated when Rhodes made his grand entrance, initially hinting at choosing Reigns for the WrestleMania face-off and emphasizing the legacy of the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship—a title with deep historical significance, once held by his father at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
Rhodes' rhetoric teased a climactic battle with Reigns, promising a storybook ending to his quest for supremacy.
Rock's WrestleMania Surprise
However, in a shocking twist, Rhodes declared he would not challenge Reigns at WrestleMania, hinting instead at a conversation with someone very familiar to Reigns.
That's when "The Rock" made his electrifying entrance, sending the Birmingham crowd into a frenzy. The brief, silent exchange between Rhodes and Johnson on the ramp hinted at a deeper strategy, leaving fans speculating about the implications for WrestleMania 40.
Although no official announcement was made, the intense standoff between "The Rock" and Reigns, with the championship title caught between them, strongly suggests that WrestleMania 40 will be the stage for a monumental family feud.
Johnson has previously voiced his interest in facing Reigns, adding layers of intrigue to their potential clash, which could redefine the legacy of the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Adding to the anticipation, WWE has scheduled a press conference for Thursday evening, February 8, likely to shed light on the WrestleMania 40 lineup.
As the WWE Universe eagerly awaits confirmation, the prospect of "The Rock" vs. "The Tribal Chief" promises a blockbuster event that could captivate fans worldwide, marking a new chapter in the storied history of WWE's grandest stage.