In a highly anticipated showdown on WWE RAW tonight, Cody Rhodes and Shinsuke Nakamura are all set to engage in a thrilling Bull Rope match. While Rhodes boasts a wealth of experience in such grueling encounters, Nakamura, known as the "King of Strong Style," is not one to be underestimated.
As the stage is set for this epic clash, there is an intriguing twist in the tale. Their recent encounter at a WWE house show in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 3, 2024, ended with Cody Rhodes triumphing over Shinsuke Nakamura in a Street Fight.
However, the rivalry spilled over beyond the ring, with Nakamura launching a backstage attack on "The American Nightmare," setting the stage for tonight's Bull Rope match on RAW. Nakamura has been known to resort to underhanded tactics, such as the infamous mist-spraying maneuver, to gain an advantage in his recent matches.
It is this very concern that may prompt Cody Rhodes to seek assistance from a familiar face within the WWE roster – none other than the record-breaking former SmackDown Tag Team Champion, Jey Uso. Jey Uso's potential involvement could serve a dual purpose.
On one hand, he could thwart Shinsuke Nakamura's attempts to fight unfairly, ensuring Rhodes' victory. On the other hand, this reunion might have a deeper agenda, with Jey attempting to persuade Rhodes to reconsider his decision regarding a WrestleMania 40 challenge.
Rhodes' WrestleMania Decision
Last week on SmackDown, Cody Rhodes made a surprising announcement by stating that he would not be pursuing a title match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40. This declaration led to the electrifying return of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but fan reactions were decidedly mixed, with many clamoring for Rhodes to dethrone "The Tribal Chief." Jey Uso, who shares a history with Cody Rhodes, could use his persuasive prowess to convince Rhodes to change his mind in the weeks to come, potentially setting up a monumental showdown between Rhodes and Reigns at WrestleMania 40. He may remind Rhodes of how The Bloodline thwarted his title aspirations at last year's Show of Shows.