The Rock Challenges Roman Reigns for WrestleMania on WWE SmackDown

The Rock sets high stakes for WrestleMania showdown.

by Atia Mukhtar
The Rock Challenges Roman Reigns for WrestleMania on WWE SmackDown
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In an electrifying turn of events on this Friday's "WWE SmackDown," the wrestling world was set ablaze as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a legend in the industry, laid down a monumental challenge that could see Cody Rhodes, World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns performing double duty during the highly anticipated WrestleMania 40 weekend.

The stage was set during the show's opening segment when The Rock, amidst delivering his trademark "if you smell" line, was interrupted by his cousin, Roman Reigns. In a moment charged with familial and professional respect, The Rock acknowledged Reigns as his Tribal Chief.

The narrative leading up to this moment had already been thick with tension. Cody Rhodes had issued a challenge to The Rock for a one-on-one showdown on "The Grayson Waller Effect" at Elimination Chamber, only for Seth Rollins to up the ante.

Rollins proposed that he and Rhodes team up against the formidable duo of The Rock and Reigns. Addressing this on "SmackDown," The Rock dismissed the idea of a one-on-one match with Rhodes, citing the overwhelming desire of competitors to face "The Great One." Instead, he accepted Rollins' proposal for a tag team match at the upcoming premium live event, but not without introducing a twist of his own.

Rock's WrestleMania Stakes

The Rock's challenge came with a set of stipulations that have the potential to drastically alter the landscape of WrestleMania 40. Should Rhodes and Rollins emerge victorious on Night One, The Bloodline would be banned from ringside during Rhodes' pursuit of Reigns' title on Night Two.

Conversely, a loss for the babyface duo would result in a "Bloodline Rules" match for the title, essentially granting carte blanche to Reigns and his faction. The Rock presented Rhodes with the option to accept this high-stakes challenge, ominously adding that refusal would not bode well for Rhodes' championship aspirations.

As the wrestling community eagerly awaits Rhodes and Rollins' response, expected to be addressed on the upcoming "WWE Raw," anticipation builds. Rhodes is also slated to appear on the next three episodes of "SmackDown" alongside The Rock, marking a critical juncture on the "Road to WrestleMania." This unfolding drama not only underscores the intense rivalries and alliances within WWE but also sets the stage for a WrestleMania weekend that promises to be nothing short of historic.

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