Cody Rhodes Denies Stepping Aside for The Rock at WrestleMania 40

Cody Rhodes Addresses WrestleMania 40 Rumours

In the world of professional wrestling, speculation and rumour often run rampant. Recently, Cody Rhodes found himself at the centre of such speculation, with rumours suggesting he willingly stepped aside to let The Rock take his main event spot at WWE WrestleMania 40. However, Rhodes has firmly denied these claims, insisting his journey to the top is far from over.

Rhodes’ Road to WrestleMania

Rhodes, known for his determination and dedication, captured the Undisputed WWE Universal Title from Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40, a victory that was highly anticipated. The main event of night one saw The Rock team with Reigns against Rhodes and Seth Rollins, with the heels emerging victorious. Despite this, the original plan was for Rhodes to face Reigns in a singles match for the title. The sudden involvement of The Rock in January altered these plans, leading to widespread confusion among fans.

The WWE Universe was left baffled when Rhodes seemingly walked away from his hard-earned main event spot. On an episode of SmackDown, Rhodes appeared to step aside for The Rock, who had been campaigning for a high-profile singles match with Reigns. This move sparked debate among fans and pundits alike, questioning why WWE would make such a decision and why Rhodes would agree to it.

Cody Rhodes Speaks Out

In a revealing interview on The Pivot Podcast, Rhodes addressed the situation, making it clear he was not happy with the decision. He stated, “Where we would butt heads is in the idea that you could just come back in the midst of a story that was taking place, and just because you’re The Rock, you can step into the starting lineup and take WrestleMania for yourself. A lot of people said, ‘He’s The Rock. He can do whatever he wants.’ I even saw a podcast with two wrestling heads talking, and they said, ‘I’m sure Cody is fine stepping aside for WrestleMania and doing it later in the year.’ In my mind, I’m thinking, ‘That’s insane.’ That’s the Super Bowl of what we do. To get to Sunday, the last day of WrestleMania, the last match, it’s our literal Super Bowl. The idea that somebody thought I would be cool with it. They don’t know me. That’s nonsense. I worked my whole life for this.”

Rhodes’ passion and commitment to his career were evident as he explained his stance. He further noted that The Rock had to understand his position, highlighting that friction between competitors can be beneficial for business. “Not only because it let The Rock know where Cody stood, but because that kind of friction can actually be good for business. He used The Rock and Steve Austin as a perfect example. They butted heads a lot but always made magic,” Rhodes elaborated.

Looking Ahead: Rhodes vs The Rock?

Rhodes emphasised the importance of ensuring his journey is not overshadowed, despite his respect for The Rock. With the tension and competitive spirit clear, fans are eagerly anticipating what the future holds. The potential clash between “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes and “The Final Boss” The Rock could be one of the most electrifying encounters in WWE history.

As the wrestling world awaits the upcoming behind-the-scenes WrestleMania 40 documentary on WWE’s YouTube channel, Rhodes’ candidness and drive continue to captivate fans. His journey, marked by perseverance and passion, promises more exciting chapters ahead.

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