At WWE WrestleMania 40 Sunday, Cody Rhodes won the biggest bout of his career by dethroning Roman Reigns as the Undisputed WWE Champion. However, none of this could have happened in the beginning as well. In fact, Brian Gewirtz called WWE the day after WrestleMania 39 about The Rock’s availability.

As fans know by now, significant changes were made to WrestleMania 40 plans. The most notable shift occurred in early February when Cody Rhodes stepped aside to let The Rock take his WrestleMania match against Roman Reigns. Less than a week later, Cody wanted his spot back, leading to The Rock aligning with Roman Reigns and the Road to WrestleMania 40 was officially in motion.

Appearing on Busted Open Radio, Seven Bucks SVP Brian Gewirtz detailed the timeline, tracing back to the night after WrestleMania 39. Gewirtz revealed that he contacted WWE the day after WrestleMania 39 where Rhodes lost to Roman Reigns and informed WWE that The Rock was available for WrestleMania 40.

“When WrestleMania 39 happened, I called my friend at WWE on the creative team and I said, ‘Just so you know, I’ve been talking with The Rock.’ Similar to The Rock-Ronda tag match (that was set up, but didn’t happen), I said, ‘There is a chance, there is a good chance, that Rock and Roman might be a possibility for WrestleMania 40.’ This is a year before. I said, ‘What do you guys have planned for WrestleMania 40?’ This is the day after WrestleMania 39. ‘Cody lost, the idea is to give him a solid year to go through many trials and tribulations, starting with Brock, and then do the rematch at WrestleMania 40.’ I said, ‘Okay, great. Well, this might exist, just so you know. You don’t need to change anything because who knows.’ A year in advance, so many things can happen. ‘Just know, in the back of your mind, he’s thinking about it.’ It wasn’t just between me and the writer. It was in the inner circle. ‘That’s great, we’re going to do our thing, you let us know on your end. If it gets to it, it’s a great problem to have. A storyline that is a great build and this dream match.”


Cody Rhodes went against WWE’s original plans for the aforementioned segment with The Rock as well. Regardless, all’s well that ends well and Rhodes is the Undisputed WWE Champion, which is what fans truly care about right now.

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