The Rock Smacks Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania XL Kickoff

The WrestleMania XL main event landscape took an unexpected turn, defying the anticipated showdown between The Rock and Roman Reigns. Amidst speculation of a blockbuster announcement at Thursday’s press conference in Las Vegas, Cody Rhodes emerged as a disruptive force, altering the course of events.

The highly anticipated clash between The Rock and Reigns was poised to headline WrestleMania XL, promising an epic encounter for fans. Reigns had already declared Dwayne Johnson as his WrestleMania adversary, setting the stage for a monumental showdown. However, the atmosphere was tainted by chants of dissent, with the crowd clamoring for Cody Rhodes and expressing disapproval toward The Rock’s perceived hijacking of Rhodes’ opportunity.

Rhodes seized the moment, interrupting the family affair to a thunderous ovation from the Las Vegas audience. Rhodes denounced The Bloodline’s plan asserting his rightful claim to a title rematch against Reigns at WrestleMania XL, earned through his victory in the 2024 Royal Rumble.

Tensions escalated as verbal jabs were exchanged between Reigns and Rhodes, each defending the honor of their respective lineages. The situation reached a boiling point when The Rock intervened, incensed by Rhodes’ remarks about his family, resulting in The People’s Champion slapping Rhodes in the face.

The Rock Smacks Cody Rhodes

As the dust settled, Thursday’s press conference concluded without a definitive confirmation of the WrestleMania XL main event. The uncertainty loomed over whether the promotion would proceed with Reigns vs. The Rock, Reigns vs. Rhodes, or possibly both matchups. Adding to the intrigue, WWE hinted at a potential tag team confrontation, pitting Reigns and The Rock against Rhodes and world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins in the future.

Amidst the confusion, WWE’s Chief Content Officer, Paul Levesque (HHH), took to social media to announce that Reigns would indeed face Rhodes at WrestleMania, further complicating an already intricate situation.