Meanwhile, WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H was left to raise his arms in the middle of the drama after a blockbuster press event on Thursday that saw the Road to WrestleMania 40 kick into high gear with surprises at every turn.
Major development to the storyline was seen when The Rock was set to replace Cody Rhodes in the main event at WrestleMania with Roman Reigns, leading to his splitting image a decision that had been set to cause controversy and might just pull off a chain reaction that will have dire consequences.
But the shock of The Rock's unexpected heel turn was made all the more shocking when Rhodes, too keyed up to deal with Reigns and contemplate the whole history of the Anoa'i family, accidentally hit a nerve. Tensions boiled over backstage when The Rock, clearly agitated, harangued Triple H in a profanity-laced, expletive tirade about how he needed to get it straight or else he might have to take matters into his own hands.
The other side of the coin is that it leaves Rhodes a key figure in this storyline and former AEW star to make a tough decision, especially when factoring in The Rock's power from his perch on the board of TKO. The play drama in development is leading to the likelihood of Rhodes' future with WWE hanging in the balance, with the possibility of a dramatic sacking take place on SmackDown at the hands of Triple H in pressured persuasion by The Rock backstage.
Imagine how not only would this have shocked the fans, but also it would have set the stage for Rhodes' eventual return to WWE and the main event at WrestleMania, amidst a whirlwind of fan support and backlash.
WrestleMania 40 Main Event
This storyline could culminate on the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania 40, where Rhodes may potentially dethrone Reigns to capture the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, the fitting conclusion to an up-and-down rollercoaster.
With that said the story could go further with The Rock's manipulations that might lead to Reigns' oust from The Bloodline and could set an interesting face turn from Reigns against his intimidating cousin. So, as WWE seems to be heading in this complex script, the endpoint might well be the conversion of Reigns into the celebrated hero that could reshape WWE.
All eyes of the wrestling world will be on the Road to WrestleMania 40, and it's sure to be a potent mix of drama, betrayal, and redemption.