Cody Rhodes had the world delighted when he held the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship for the first time in history after defeating Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 40. However, the anticipation for his win wouldn’t have been this much if he didn’t lose his match against Reigns last year. 

Earlier, reports surfaced the internet claiming that Cody Rhodes was initially booked to win the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 itself. Triple H and Vince McMahon were both convinced with the decision. However, things changed in the end and Reigns retained the title. 

In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has revealed that Rhodes was slated to win the match at WrestleMania 39 initially. However, Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns convinced both McMahon and Triple H to change the decision around and get Reigns a win. 

“Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman convinced both Vince McMahon and Paul Levesque last year to change the WrestleMania 39 finish to Roman Reigns defeating Cody Rhodes.”


While the reason why they did so isn’t out yet, it seems like everything worked out for the best. With his loss, Cody Rhodes got the momentum that he would seemingly not be there if he did win. And the incredible story to the main event of WrestleMania 40 got more exciting with a loss on his corner. 

Do you think Roman Reigns should have lost his main event match at WrestleMania 39 itself? Let us know in the comments section below.

Ishaan Rathi

Ishaan has been a follower of wrestling for more than a decade now. His passion to learn new things and enhance his skills has helped him get experience as a writer at websites like GiveMeSport and Fansided. He has also held content manager and editorial roles in FirstSportz before. Apart from wrestling, Ishaan seeks to take time and watch movies and TV shows.

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