The WrestleMania 40 Kickoff show came to an end with a bang. As the closing moments came near, fans witnessed Dwayne Johnson dishing out a major slap to Cody Rhodes’ face. The entire segment became extremely heated, with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins getting involved as well.

However, as the kickoff show concluded, CM Punk would continue his jabs against Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. As The Second City Saint continued his jibes against The Brahma Bull, he received a cold staredown from the stage.

Dwayne Johnson stares down CM Punk at the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff Show


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CM Punk has always been described as The Voice of the Voiceless, and similarly so, he again proved why. After The Rock landed a hard slap on Rhodes’ face, Punk came into his defense. Sitting alongside Pat McAfee, Michael Cole, and Big E, CM Punk had a lot to say. The former WWE Champion said, “Cody is way too diplomatic. Somebody slaps you, you gotta bust them right back in the mouth. That’s what I would have done.” 

He further continued, “I wanna see Cody punch Rock right in the face…. I feel like it needs to happen. Listen, Like I said, Rock did not throw me over the top rope in the Royal Rumble. Cody won the Royal Rumble. It is his shot to call.”

However, as CM Punk continued his rant against Dwayne Johnson, he was subject to an intense staredown at the hands of DJ.  The Rock and Punk have had their history, when The Brahma Bull returned to WWE in 2013, only to snatch away Punk’s WrestleMania main-event spot.

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Fearing no one, and no outcomes, CM Punk made sure to make his support for Cody Rhodes and anti-Rock stance public. Nevertheless, the question arises of who The Tribal Chief could face at WrestleMania with several contenders vying for his spot.


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Who will Roman Reigns face between The Rock and Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 40?

While Roman Reigns chose Johnson for his WrestleMania 40 main-event spot at WrestleMania 40 kickoff, Cody Rhodes had other plans in mind. He would appear later and choose Reigns as his ‘Mania opponent.

However, a rally of insults amongst The Rock, Reigns, and Rhodes would see the cousins join hands and berate Cody Rhodes. However, soon after The American Nightmare made his announcement, WWE and Triple H would take to their social media to make the match final.


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The WrestleMania 40 Main-event will witness Roman Reigns take on Cody Rhodes for a second time as the stakes become higher this time. Who you do guys want to see come out as the victor? Let us know in the comments.

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Shounak Chakrabarti


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Shounak Chakrabarti is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports who brings a wealth of knowledge and a keen eye for detail to his analysis of professional wrestling. With a deep passion for the sport that dates back to his childhood, Shounak has immersed himself in every aspect of the industry, from the career trajectories of WWE superstars to their personal lives and beyond. As a journalism graduate, Shounak is a firm believer in the power of digital journalism to provide fans with a unique perspective on pro wrestling.
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