Following CM Punk’s injury announcement on Monday’s Raw, there has been some backstage information regarding WWE’s plans and Cody Rhodes’ involvement in the Royal Rumble.

Contrary to some speculation, it has been confirmed by Fightful Select that Cody Rhodes was always scheduled to win the Royal Rumble matchup, and Punk’s injury did not lead to a last-minute audible in the match’s outcome.

However, Punk’s injury did result in some adjustments to WWE’s plans on Raw. One notable change was Seth Rollins calling out Cody Rhodes and expressing his desire to face him at WrestleMania 40 instead of Roman Reigns. This shift in storyline direction was influenced by Punk’s injury, as it altered the dynamics of WWE’s booking.

“The creative on WWE Raw adjusted from what was planned as of Saturday night at the WWE Royal Rumble. We’re told that is directly tied to CM Punk’s injury, and that the Seth Rollins/Cody segment was added as a result of Punk’s injury.”


The shift in Seth Rollins’ challenge to Cody for WrestleMania 40 was a direct result of Punk’s injury, showcasing the ever-evolving nature of professional wrestling and its ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances. As we eagerly await the road to WrestleMania, it’s clear that the WWE Universe can still expect thrilling twists and turns in the weeks to come.

What are your thoughts on these developments, and how do you see Cody Rhodes’ future in WWE unfolding? Let us know in the comments.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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