The Rock Compelling WWE SmackDown Counterproposal

Wrestling legends gear up for an unprecedented WrestleMania showdown.

by Atia Mukhtar
The Rock Compelling WWE SmackDown Counterproposal
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In a dramatic turn of events at WWE SmackDown in Glendale, Arizona, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson laid down an electrifying counterproposal in response to Cody Rhodes' WrestleMania 40 challenge. The saga began at the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff Press Event in Las Vegas, where Cody Rhodes boldly stated that he would be the one to face the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, having earned this right as the victor of the 2024 Royal Rumble match.

This claim sparked a heated exchange between Rhodes and The Rock, culminating in a striking face slap delivered by the latter. The tension escalated during the Grayson Waller Effect talk show at WWE Elimination Chamber, where Rhodes, unfazed, issued a bold challenge to The Rock, inviting him to a match at his convenience.

The Rock's response, delivered with his signature charisma, was a resounding no, emphasizing that a match with him was not simply granted upon request.

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However, The Rock's refusal was not the end but the beginning of a groundbreaking proposal.

He suggested the creation of the most monumental tag team match in the annals of WWE and professional wrestling history, set for Night 1 of WrestleMania 40. The proposed match would feature Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins against the formidable duo of The Rock and Roman Reigns.

This match, The Rock declared, would not follow the conventional tag team format. Adding stakes to the spectacle, The Rock outlined that if Rhodes and Rollins emerge victorious, they would secure a championship match against Reigns on Night 2 of WrestleMania 40, free from the interference of The Bloodline, with a formal agreement to be put in place.

Conversely, should The Rock and Reigns win, the match would operate under "Bloodline Rules," introducing a unique twist where members of The Bloodline could assume unconventional roles during the match, adding an unpredictable element to the proceedings.

This announcement was accompanied by an invitation to Rhodes and Rollins to appear on the next WWE SmackDown in Dallas on March 8th to deliver their response. In a powerful closing statement, The Rock emphasized the weight of his influence within the industry, hinting at significant consequences should Rhodes decline the challenge.

This bold move by The Rock has ignited anticipation among fans, eager to witness the outcome of this high-stakes challenge. The wrestling community now awaits the response from Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins, marking a pivotal moment in the road to WrestleMania 40.

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