WWE is well on the road to WrestleMania 39, and fans already saw a big change of plans in front of their eyes as The Rock pulled out of the show of shows. A previously pencilled-in match against Roman Reigns will now go to Cody Rhodes, as the Undisputed Universal Championship is set to be defended.
There is a thought out there that Cody Rhodes was initially set to challenge for a different title at WrestleMania. The idea is that WWE changed those plans for Cody to go after a different title on night one of WrestleMania, but that isn’t the case.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer spoke on WWE’s plan for WrestleMania. He stated that there was a plan for a second title to be defended on the first night of the two-night event.
“The key to this is that they are not creating a new championship on the Saturday night show. Yeah, they were talking about doing a second title on Saturday night.”
“If it was Roman and The Rock, then they were going to create a championship on Saturday night that Cody would have probably ended up winning. But, it was Cody, Drew, or Rollins that was gonna come out of that one. They were creating a second one, because they want to go back to two titles.”
Ringside News was told by a tenured member of the creative team that, “Roman Reigns was never scheduled for two defenses. If Rock was in, Rock was in. Never two defenses.” That being said, Cody Rhodes coming into the WrestleMania spot didn’t switch up a plan to split the titles as was previously mentioned.
We were further told that any confusion about splitting up Roman Reigns’ titles might be contributed to, “behind the scenes information about re-doing a number of WWE belts.” There is no plan to split up the Head of the Table’s hardware.
The Rock is not slated to make an in-ring return at WrestleMania. He could not get ready for a match in time for the show of shows. That being said, even when there was a plan for The Rock to take on Roman Reigns, splitting up the Tribal Chief’s titles was never part of the situation.
We will have to see how things transpire as we make our way down the road to WrestleMania. In the meantime, you can keep it tuned here at Ringside News.
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