Wrestling enthusiasts voiced their discontent during the "NXT" Vengeance Day event held on Sunday night, showing their disapproval of WWE's recent move to cancel Cody Rhodes' anticipated match at WrestleMania. The event, which took place at the F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville, Tennessee, became a platform for fans to express their frustration, particularly when The Rock was featured in WrestleMania promotional graphics.
Sources from "Fightful Select" reported that the crowd's reaction turned sour each time The Rock appeared on screen, signaling a clear dissatisfaction among the fans. It was noted that WWE's production crew made efforts to downplay the audible boos from the audience.
This incident follows a similar occurrence at a WWE live event, where The Rock's face-off with Roman Reigns was met with boos upon being displayed.
Rhodes Support Surges
The wave of support for Rhodes surged following an episode of "WWE SmackDown" last week, where it was revealed that his match against Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 40 had been scrapped.
Reigns is now slated to face The Rock, who made an unexpected return to the ring, setting the stage for a high-stakes family showdown at WrestleMania. The decision has sparked a significant response from the WWE community, with fans rallying behind Rhodes using the "We Want Cody" hashtag on various social media platforms.
Fellow WWE superstars Ricochet and Logan Paul have also shown their support, advocating for Rhodes to have his moment against Reigns and to "finish his story." Speculation suggests that The Rock's insertion into the WrestleMania lineup was a strategic move to elevate the event's star appeal, especially in light of Brock Lesnar and CM Punk's absence.
Additionally, it's rumored that this shift in focus was intended to steer conversation away from the ongoing Vince McMahon controversy. Despite the setback, there is speculation that Rhodes might get another opportunity to challenge Reigns for the title at SummerSlam later this year.