For fans eagerly anticipating Cody Rhodes’ showdown with Roman Reigns and hoping for “The American Nightmare” to bring closure to their storyline, it looks like WrestleMania won’t be the stage for it.
Recent reports from PWInsider Elite reveal that The Rock is slated to step into the ring at WrestleMania 40 with a confirmed 100% participation rate, unless unforeseen circumstances or injuries intervene. Speculation suggests this commitment could be linked to his recent role on the TKO Group Holdings Board Of Directors, a position he assumed in January. Additionally, The Rock’s creative partner, Brian Gewirtz, is expected to contribute to the creative process leading up to WrestleMania 40, particularly for major events like WWE Elimination Chamber in Perth, Australia.
The report also sheds light on WWE closely monitoring the situation, especially regarding the backlash surrounding Cody Rhodes, originally scheduled to face Reigns at WrestleMania. Officials believe they can make adjustments to the plans to ensure coherence if the backlash starts impacting WWE’s vision for the Rock vs. Roman storyline. Notably, it’s emphasized that The Rock is anticipated to play a non-heel character in this particular scenario.
As WWE charts its course towards WrestleMania, the report suggests a flexible approach, with an openness to exploring various possibilities and adjusting plans as needed to align with the evolving dynamics of the storyline.