The Rock's Absence in SmackDown Explained: Twist Ahead?

A pivotal moment unfolds in WWE's road to WrestleMania 40.

by Noman Rasool
The Rock's Absence in SmackDown Explained: Twist Ahead?
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In the latest SmackDown episode, The Rock, also known as The Brahma Bull, presented an intriguing proposition to Cody Rhodes. He suggested a tag team match at WrestleMania 40's Night One, where Rhodes and Seth Rollins would face off against The Rock and Roman Reigns.

The stakes of this match are high: if Rhodes and Rollins emerge victorious, Rhodes' subsequent match against Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship will be devoid of any interference from The Bloodline. Conversely, a loss for the babyfaces would mean The Bloodline's full involvement in the championship match.

This proposal has yet to receive a response from Rhodes, sparking speculation about the potential ramifications. Observers noted Roman Reigns' body language throughout the approximately 40-minute segment, indicating his discomfort and possible dissent towards The Rock's plan.

Initially marked by anger and disappointment, especially evident when Paul Heyman halted his attempt to leave the ring, Reigns' demeanor only shifted to a smirk following an acknowledgment from The Rock.

Betrayal and Strategy

This tension hints at a deeper narrative, suggesting that Reigns may disrupt The Rock's strategy in the weeks ahead.

Speculation about The Rock's betrayal of Reigns has been rife since the storyline's inception, despite their apparent alliance. Given The Rock's significant popularity outside of WWE and his portrayal as a hero in various media, former WWE star Matt Morgan voiced concerns over The Rock's potential to revert to a babyface role within WWE.

This shift could dramatically affect Reigns, particularly with the pivotal match of his career on the horizon. The unfolding drama begs the question of how Reigns would counteract a betrayal by The Rock, making the anticipation for Rhodes and Rollins' decision on the challenge even more compelling.

This storyline is not just a testament to the complex relationships and strategies within WWE but also a masterclass in building suspense and intrigue among fans, keeping them eagerly awaiting the next development. As the WWE universe awaits Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins' decision, the potential twist in the tale of allegiance between The Rock and Roman Reigns adds a fascinating layer to the road to WrestleMania 40.

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