This week's episode of WWE Smackdown delivered a series of unexpected twists, with the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes taking an intriguing turn. Initially set to clash for the WWE Universal Championship at Wrestlemania XL, the narrative took a dramatic shift when Rhodes ceded his match against Reigns to the iconic Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
The storyline began with Rhodes selecting Reigns as his adversary at the grand stage of Wrestlemania XL. However, the plot thickened as Rhodes was persuaded to challenge Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship instead.
Amidst this backdrop, Rhodes made a decisive announcement in the ring, confronting Reigns with a bold declaration: he would pursue Reigns' title, albeit not at Wrestlemania. Instead, he redirected the spotlight to his cousin, Dwayne Johnson.
The Rock's Stunning Return
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a stalwart of WWE turned Hollywood megastar, has sporadically graced the WWE arena with his presence since transitioning to an acting career. His surprise return to Smackdown, amidst the heated exchange between Reigns and Rhodes, set the stage for a historic moment.
The anticipation for Wrestlemania XL reached new heights as Johnson's iconic entrance theme heralded his arrival, leaving Reigns visibly astonished. The ongoing feud between Rhodes and Reigns has captivated fans, with Rhodes expressing his intent to target Reigns' Universal Championship following his Royal Rumble victory.
Despite being swayed to confront Rollins for the Raw World Heavyweight Championship, Rhodes' revelation on Smackdown marked a significant twist in the tale. As reported by Wrestleview, Rhodes' announcement not only intensified the existing rivalry but also paved the way for The Rock's monumental return to in-ring action at Wrestlemania XL, marking his first full-fledged match since 2013.
Johnson's recent appointment to the board of directors at TKO Group Holdings, which oversees WWE operations, added another layer to his highly anticipated comeback. This Smackdown appearance, his first since the appointment, promises to usher in a new era in the WWE saga, making Wrestlemania XL an event not to be missed.