“Throw Us Off the Scent”: Fans Enraged by New Reports Stating Cody Rhodes Might Be Sidelined for Dwayne Johnson at WrestleMania 40

Published 01/24/2024, 12:36 PM EST

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Dwayne Johnson teased WWE fans greatly when he returned to Monday Night Raw on the first day of 2024. While wrestling fans are happy to see him back and teasing an exciting match shortly, others are worried the WWE legend’s presence could jeopardize Cody Rhodes‘ place at the Philadelphia PLE this year.

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This fear is seemingly coming to life now that new reports are out regarding how the WrestleMania 40 card is shaping up to be. These new reports caused fans on the internet to rage at the possible booking that may take place this year, not giving Rhodes a chance to ‘complete his story’ at Mania.

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For nearly a year, fans have been waiting for Cody Rhodes to start feuding with The Tribal Chief again. This is because the entire fanbase believes that a rematch would end up with The American Nightmare cleanly winning Reigns’ title. However, an interesting turn of events saw The Rock calling out his Samoan cousin on the 01/01 episode of Monday Night Raw.

Until now, this possible matchup between Johnson and Reigns was speculation, but reports from Sports Illustrated suggest that this has a high chance of taking place. Rhodes then would have to find another rival for WM this year. According to the same report, Seth Rollins and CM Punk won’t be wrestling against each other at Mania either.


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Despite several speculations and reports, SI revealed that the top pick for winning the men’s Royal Rumble this year is Gunther, who would then win against Rollins for his World Heavyweight Championship.

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This would leave CM Punk open for a feud against Cody Rhodes, which is also currently being developed through promos in the red brand. So, this would mean that neither will Rhodes headline the biggest PLE of the year nor will he ‘complete his story’ at the event.


This caught several fans off guard. As a result, Twitter was flooded with fans who were frustrated about the decision.

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Coming across this report on ‘X’, fans replied furiously. Not only did most of them deny believing the new reports about a possibly altered WrestleMania lineup, but some were even speculating that this could be a trick played by the Stamford-based company to confuse its fans. This is because Cody Rhodes’ story would be too predictable otherwise.

A similar thought process can be seen through Jason Solomon’s tweet as he calls out these reports for ‘throwing’ people ‘off the scent’.


Another fan believes that this trick is carried out to confuse the audience.


An internet user is denying the possibility by calling out the reports.


Yet another fan who is devastated at the news of a potentially changed WrestleMania 40 lineup.


A WWE fan blamed the reports for ruining their day early in the morning.



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At last, we have one more response telling us how this was not a good sight for WWE fans to behold.


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What are your thoughts about the potentially altered WrestleMania lineup? Do you think this will work in favor of fans? Or will this eventually backfire at WWE?

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Written by:

Kaif Ali


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Kaif Ali is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports and is a massive WWE enthusiast and he won?t have it any other way. Confused about the third person narrative? Well, what can you expect from someone who grew as a fan of Dwayne ?The Rock? Johnson. I am also a John Cena fan and follow his ?Never Give Up? mantra when it comes to my daily work life.
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Donna Eva




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