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Backstage Details On The WrestleMania 40 Main Event, Original Plan For Cody Rhodes

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The main event for WrestleMania 40 (Night Two) is set as Cody Rhodes will challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

However, WWE almost swerved people when it appeared that The Rock would challenge Reigns and Rhodes would face Seth Rollins. Due to fan outrage, WWE reversed their decision in favor of Cody who will now get a second chance to “finish his story.”

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that Triple H’s idea was that if Rhodes endorsed The Rock on the February 2nd show, that would nullify any potential backlash. However, WWE didn’t expect the backlash to happen the way it did.

Dwayne Johnson and Brian Gewirtz decided that if fans were booing The Rock, he should turn heel, which is exactly what happened at the WrestleMania XL Kickoff when The Great One slapped Cody.

The story is that The Rock and Gewirtz are pushing for ideas that are different from creative plans. By leaning into this, WWE is blurring the lines of fact and fiction. This explains why there have been segments forcing a power struggle between The Rock and Triple H.

When The Rock was announced for The Road To WrestleMania, Triple H reportedly “scrambled” to keep Rhodes involved “at all times.”

An abandoned idea was for The Bloodline to injure Rhodes on the February 2nd show, which would take him off television and set up The Rock vs. Roman Reigns. The American Nightmare would eventually return and win the title.

However, never did WWE plan to take away the match with Reigns, although it’s unknown if it was even going to happen at WrestleMania 40 before the fan backlash.

WWE decided it didn’t make sense for Rhodes to challenge Rollins if he was “injured.”

CM Punk was originally set to challenge Seth Rollins at WrestleMania XL, prior to his injury.

The segment with Rollins asking Rhodes to choose him was to set up a backup plan, as things are constantly developing behind the scenes, especially with The Rock pitching various ideas.

It is believed that more backstage details haven’t been revealed but “can’t be talked about now.”

The Rock has reportedly pitched himself and Reigns vs. Rhodes & Rollins for WrestleMania 40 (Night One).

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