Cody Rhodes was expected to headline WrestleMania 40 against Roman Reigns after winning the Royal Rumble. However, WWE threw a wrench in those plans by having The Rock take his place at WrestleMania 40. Now, WWE has claimed Cody Rhodes refused to fight Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40.

During the recent Friday Night SmackDown, Cody Rhodes handed his WrestleMania 40 main event match to The Rock and this angered fans in a big way, starting a movement that only continues to gain momentum every single day.

However, the official WWE website seems to claim that Cody Rhodes “refused” to face Roman Reigns. Fans have expressed discontent over WWE’s portrayal of Cody Rhodes refusing to face Roman at WrestleMania, adding to the anticipation surrounding a possible Reigns vs. Rock showdown.

“The Rock stepped up to Roman Reigns as Cody Rhodes refused to fight Reigns at WrestleMania.”


Cody Rhodes, upon winning the Royal Rumble, immediately gestured towards the Skybox where Roman Reigns was seated, signaling his clear intentions to go after Reigns. Additionally, he pointed at the WrestleMania sign, further stressing his desire for a showdown with Roman Reigns on the grand stage.

WWE’s intentions for The Rock taking away Cody Rhodes’ WrestleMania 40 spot has also been revealed‘We Want Cody’ signs were prominently displayed during the February 5th WWE RAW episode. We’ll have to see whether The American Nightmare will be able to finish his story at WrestleMania 40.

What’s your view on this story concerning Cody Rhodes? Are you surprised WWE is pushing this narrative? Sound off in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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