WWE Sets Stage for The Rock's SummerSlam Showdown Amid Movie Schedule Challenges

WWE's latest storyline brews a captivating conflict.

by Noman Rasool
WWE Sets Stage for The Rock's SummerSlam Showdown Amid Movie Schedule Challenges
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As one former WWE head writer Vince Russo remarked, WWE's creative storytelling has "as solid a blood program on our hands between The Rock, Djsond Johnson, and Cody Rhodes, as anybody could have written a year ago. It was strategic in the perspective of culminating at the grand stage of SummerSlam, while still being able to keep the audience interested in the storyline, thus making it seem like it would continue past the walls of WrestleMania.

Rhodes, perhaps best known as "The American Nightmare," has fought through a number of challenging odds against his pursuit of wrestling glory, many from "The Final Boss," The Rock. Tensions have been ramped up with the Hollywood A-lister's latest attack on Rhodes during an episode of RAW, stating that he is going to do everything in his power to derail Rhodes' hopes of clinching the prestigious championship.

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Russo spoke on Legion of RAW on Sportskejson Wrestling and noted that the fans get loud, expecting a face-off between Rhodes and The Rock. Even in the face of potential letdowns, such as the busy movie-making schedule of The Rock, Russo suggested that Johnson's contributions in the form of video promos would keep the level of fan interest from waning, therefore the storylines would remain alive and compelling on the road to SummerSlam.

"The way this feud is framed, well, it kinda speaks to an audience that just is yearning for a showdown between The Rock and Cody Rhodes. Really, it comes down to The Rock screwing up Rhodes' chances of success and giving Rhodes a viable excuse for why he keeps coming up short on opportunities he's given.

Even when he's off-screen due to filming commitments, his weekly video messages can help advance the plot," said Russo. Last RAW had a new twist in the storyline, where The Rock was on a brutal beatdown path with Roman Reigns against Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins.

With just a few weeks to go before WrestleMania, the question in everybody's mind must be the condition of the potential competitors for that fateful night of wrestling. This drama between The Rock and Cody Rhodes will unfold before our eyes, holding the fans in the palm of WWE's hand and displaying just how much creative depth and ingenuity WWE storytelling really has—setting it all up for a blockbuster encounter at SummerSlam.

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