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Details On When Cody Rhodes Knew About Plans For Wrestlemania 40 Main Event

February 23, 2024 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has more details on the timeline leading up to the Wrestlemania 40 main event announcement, including when Cody Rhodes knew about it. Rhodes is set to face Roman Reigns at the show.

According to the WON, Rhodes was told he was facing Reigns back in the fall. He wasn’t told about The Rock getting the match (which was said to be part of Rock’s January 3 deal to join the TKO board). Any interview Cody did about finishing the story was done thinking he was legitimately getting the match, even with rumors of Rock’s involvement.

Rhodes was then told at the Royal Rumble that even though he was winning the Rumble match, Rock was facing Reigns. He was also told he would face Reigns later, so that’s why he stared down Reigns immediately after winning. The Rock’s involvement was kept secret from all but a few, because Rock wanted his angle on Smackdown to be a surprise.

At the time, CM Punk was then going to win the Elimination Chamber to face Seth Rollins. Had Punk won the Rumble, there wouldn’t have been a Chamber match for the title shot, as Rock wasn’t going to have his first match back anywhere other than Wrestlemania. Either way, Punk got hurt and that changed plans, although at that point, Rhodes was set to face Rollins instead.

The feeling backstage was that the angle of Rock stepping in for Rhodes “worked perfectly” and got the reaction they wanted. However, the live reaction was different from the social media backlash. The company decided to lean into it, Rock used it to turn heel and the match was changed back to Rhodes vs. Reigns.

There were people backstage who knew before Rhodes did, although it was kept quiet. This included those who booked the T-Mobile Arena for the Wrestlemania Press Event, and those involved with the deal to bring Rock onto the TKO board. That deal was in heavy negotiations all the way back in December.

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