The Rock's WrestleMania Betrayal: Closing a 40-Year Feud with Roman Reigns

Generations collide in wrestling's storied saga at WrestleMania.

by Atia Mukhtar
The Rock's WrestleMania Betrayal: Closing a 40-Year Feud with Roman Reigns
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In the electrifying atmosphere of WrestleMania 40, the wrestling world braces for a potentially historic twist in the saga between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Roman Reigns. As the anticipation builds, the possibility of The Rock turning on Roman Reigns during their tag team match or Reigns’ Universal Championship bout against Cody Rhodes looms large.

Such an act would ignite a high-profile feud between these titans, setting the stage for a climactic battle at WrestleMania 41, and drawing a decades-old rivalry between their legendary fathers into the modern era. Tracing back to the early 1980s in WWE (then known as WWF), Rocky Johnson and Sika, Reigns’ father, were pivotal figures in the tag team division.

Their paths collided when Johnson, alongside Tony Atlas, formed The Soul Patrol and claimed victory over Sika and Afa, the Wild Samoans, on December 10, 1983. This triumph was historic, marking them as the first black tag team champions in WWE history.

The Rock reflected on this intertwined family history during an appearance with Reigns on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, emphasizing the deep-rooted legacy between their families.

Legacy Clashes Renewed

The rivalry between The Wild Samoans and The Soul Patrol was fierce, yet it was The Soul Patrol who consistently emerged victorious, solidifying their legacy within WWE.

Meanwhile, the echoes of the past reverberate into the present, as Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes prepare to renew their families' rivalry at WrestleMania. This ongoing saga not only highlights the generational conflict between the Reigns and Rhodes families but also underscores the enduring legacy of the Samoan dynasty in wrestling.

Roman Reigns, under the guidance of his father Sika, continues to uphold the Samoan lineage's dominance in WWE. Having held the Universal Championship for over three years, Reigns aims to draw upon his father’s wisdom to maintain his reign at the pinnacle of the sport.

This familial pride and the teachings of his father are a recurring theme in Reigns’ promos, especially evident during his tenure with The Bloodline. The bond between The Rock and Roman Reigns extends beyond the ring, rooted in a shared family heritage that makes them more than cousins—they are blood brothers.

Despite their close relationship outside the ring, a betrayal by The Rock at WrestleMania could drastically alter the dynamics of their relationship, potentially transforming Reigns into a babyface after years as a formidable heel.

This unfolding drama at WrestleMania 40 is more than a match; it’s a chapter in a storied legacy, weaving the past and present into the fabric of WWE history.

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