Cody Rhodes was originally slated to headline WrestleMania 40 against Roman Reigns after winning the Royal Rumble. However, WWE essentially replaced him with The Rock and this caused a lot of controversy. It appears Rhodes warned WWE that The Rock’s segment would get undesirable reactions.

During the recent Friday Night SmackDown, The Rock confronted Roman Reigns, intensifying the episode’s conclusion. Cody Rhodes introduced The Great One, relinquishing his WrestleMania 40 title shot and causing outrage among fans.

This led to fans rallying for The Rock to give Cody Rhodes his WrestleMania 40 spot back as well. WWE also edited out Cody Rhodes’ sad reaction during his segment with The Rock on Friday Night SmackDown last week.

According to Sean Ross Sapp behind Fightful’s paywall, Cody Rhodes expressed to WWE that he believed the reaction to the segment wouldn’t be favorable but still went through with it.


‘Those that we spoke to claimed that Cody Rhodes expressed to WWE that he thought the reaction wouldn’t be the desired one, but still did the segment, and was said to have been in a somber mood after. Other sources claim that this decision goes all the way up to Ari Emanuel and Mark Shapiro, and was even above Nick Khan and Triple H.”

WWE’s intentions for The Rock taking away Cody Rhodes’ WrestleMania 40 spot has also been revealed. Only time will tell what will become of The American Nightmare in the end.

What’s your opinion on this story concerning Cody Rhodes? Do you feel WWE should have avoided this whole segment? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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