“Synonymous With…”: Cody Rhodes’ 2013 Promo on Dwayne the Rock Johnson Comes True 11 Years Later

Published 02/21/2024, 3:52 AM EST

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The current Cody Rhodes vs Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and The Bloodline storyline might seem new and refreshing. The biggest babyface vs the biggest heel. However, did you know that 11 years ago, the two cut a promo that eerily predicted what was to come? Take a look at how one segment of RAW in 2013 paved the way for the feud that is taking the WWE by storm.

Right now, The Rock is part of The Bloodline and has vowed not to let Roman Reigns lose his WWE Universal Championship title at WrestleMania XL. Rhodes has vowed not to let anything or anyone stand in his way to finish his story.

Cody Rhodes tells Dwayne Johnson the WWE Championship will be his 11 years ago


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For many fans who don’t know, Johnson left the WWE in 2004 after his contract ended. He began a full-time career in movies. In 2011, he returned but as a part-timer. This would be when his feud with John Cena and CM Punk would start.


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On the February 18, 2013, episode of RAW, Johnson took to the stage to reveal the new WWE World Championship title belt. Unlike the normal belt, this has a different center plate along with removable, customizable side plates. These side plates came with his “Brahma Bull” logo. While fans were excited, Rhodes decided to interrupt.

Taking to the ring, Rhodes claimed that he wanted to see the new championship belt. Sporting the mustache, he kept his distance from The Rock. Rhodes said, “I wanna take a look at the title. That, for the next 13 years, won’t be synonymous with The Rock. It will be synonymous with Cody Rhodes.” Despite not being the babyface he is today, Rhodes’ statement still got a massive pop from the fans. Now, was this a long-term booking by the WWE or just a happy coincidence?


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Nevertheless, the WWE can be thankful for the fact that all the cards fell into place to pave the way for one of the best storylines to transpire in the WWE in recent years. But things were not smooth sailing at first. And, a large part of the credit can be attributed to The Rock whose heel turns turned things from bad to good.

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There is no denying that the Rhodes and Johnson feud has fans hyped for WrestleMania. Similarly, there is no denying that when Rhodes gave up his spot to Johnson after winning the Royal Rumble, the backlash was massive. Whether this was part of the plan or something the WWE came up with after the backlash, the heel Johnson angle worked wonders.


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Right now, Johnson is one of the top heels in the business with just one slap and one promo. This is Johnson’s star power and the reason why the WWE wanted him for Mania. Now, what the future plans involving The Bloodline and Johnson are left to be seen after Mania. What did you think about the RAW segment? Tell us down below.

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Christopher Paul


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Christopher Paul is a WWE reporter at EssentiallySports. With over eight years of experience as a writer and a childhood passion for pro wrestling, Chris is now a voice for kayfabe fans. He has a penchant for covering live events and enjoys breaking the latest developments in the WWE Universe.
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Amal Joyce