REPORTS: Cody Rhodes’ WrestleMania 40 Plans Could Change Drastically Because of Increased Potential for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson vs Roman Reigns

Published 01/24/2024, 12:23 PM EST

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Cody Rhodes fans might be in for a surprise, as his quest for the WWE Universal Championship could extend beyond WrestleMania 40. Despite a strong comeback at WrestleMania 38 and a Royal Rumble win in 2023, Rhodes fell short at WrestleMania 39 against Roman Reigns

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Recent reports hint at WWE changing plans for Rhodes at WrestleMania 40. It’s the potential shift attributed to the increased possibility of a Dwayne Johnson vs. Roman Reigns showdown.

Cody Rhodes will not cover his story this year?

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Cody Rhodes’ steady ascent to the pinnacle of WWE appears to be facing a setback. As recent reports suggest, his storyline is not set to conclude in the coming months. After returning from an injury last January, Rhodes earned a title match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 by winning the men’s Royal Rumble. 

 

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Despite his efforts, interference from Solo Sikoa led to his defeat against The Tribal Chief. In the past year, The American Nightmare has seemingly geared up for another shot at Roman Reigns’ title at WrestleMania 40. 

However, a new report from Sports Illustrated said, “Multiple sources close to WWE Head of Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque have indicated that Rhodes will not headline this year’s event, nor will he “finish his story” at WrestleMania. But there is still a new chapter to write with a marquee matchup to be had… against CM Punk.

Instead, it suggests he is expected to face CM Punk in Philadelphia. There are also possibilities that he might face Brock Lesnar as last time he lost to Rhodes. 

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The likelihood of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s involvement in WWE at WrestleMania appears to have risen, as Sports Illustrated reports an increased probability with DJ on the board. In fact, Cody Rhodes himself confessed to not being able to finish his story this WrestleMania 40. 

Cody Rhodes discussed the chance of his story not wrapping up at WrestleMania 40

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The highly anticipated rematch between Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns may have to wait another year. Fans are eagerly anticipating The American Nightmare’s attempt to dethrone The Tribal Chief since April 2023.

In a conversation with CBS Sports, Rhodes discussed the upcoming WrestleMania and the potential outcome of not winning the WWE title in Philadelphia: “I guess I wouldn’t want to (…) I feel like I don’t look at it from that perspective, in terms of what would happen if I didn’t get to the finish line because ultimately that’s a failure. It would be a failed year, and I hope that that doesn’t come to pass. You can never call it,” he remarked. 

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Whether Rhodes faces CM Punk or concludes his story against Roman Reigns remains uncertain. It leaves fans intrigued as only time will reveal the outcome. Do you think there is any chance that Cody Rhodes can finish his story this year? Pour your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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