In a thrilling main event on WWE RAW, Cody Rhodes faced off against Shinsuke Nakamura in a highly anticipated Bull Rope match. Following his recent victory in the Royal Rumble, Rhodes, a two-time winner of the event, was initially expected to challenge Roman Reigns.
However, recent developments suggest that The Rock could potentially overshadow Rhodes' opportunity to contend for the title. Despite securing a victory against Nakamura and putting an end to their prolonged rivalry, Rhodes found himself under attack by Drew McIntyre post-match.
Earlier in the evening, McIntyre had approached Rhodes, proposing that Rhodes should focus on Reigns, thereby allowing McIntyre to handle Seth Rollins at WrestleMania.
Russo Critiques Rhodes' Build-Up
The scenario surrounding Cody Rhodes' journey to WrestleMania has garnered significant attention, not least from Vince Russo, the former head writer for WWE.
Speaking on Sportskeeda's Legion of RAW, Russo expressed concerns about the current strategy employed to build empathy for Rhodes among the WWE fanbase. He argued that a more direct approach, involving Rhodes addressing The Rock's apparent usurpation of his WrestleMania spotlight, would be far more effective in eliciting audience support.
Russo suggested, "Let Cody cut a promo on The Rock, exposing how he managed to secure the coveted spot at WrestleMania, bypassing established plans and Triple H's authority. Such a bold move would not only clarify the situation for fans but also generate the much-needed sympathy for Rhodes." As the Road to WrestleMania unfolds, the ambiguity surrounding Cody Rhodes' next opponent continues to intrigue WWE fans.
Although it appeared that Rhodes had relinquished his opportunity to face "The Tribal Chief" at the grand stage, official confirmation regarding his WrestleMania challenger remains pending. This ongoing storyline adds an intriguing layer to WWE's narrative, keeping fans eagerly awaiting further developments.