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The WWE Universe had a truly amazing experience on both Nights One and Two of WrestleMania XL. Dwayne Johnson ensured that anything and everything would be legal on Night Two’s main event, the WWE Championship match. However, instead of Cody Rhodes, Roman Reigns lost the fight as well as his 1317-day championship reign. 

The American Nightmare received some much-needed help in the form of two WWE greats, John Cena and The Undertaker. While the Philadelphia crowd blew up with cheers when they saw the Dead Man chokeslam Dwyane Johnson, they were also left disappointed. In fact, many fans opined that The Rock’s permanent nemesis, Stone Cold Steve Austin, should have attacked him instead of Undertaker.

When the WWE Universe experienced two major disappointments


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The WWE Universe received one dopamine and adrenaline blast after another as several superstars made their way to the ring. Roman Reigns’ cousin Jimmy Uso was the first one to arrive, followed by Jey Uso, Solo Sikoa, John Cena, and then Dwayne Johnson, Seth Rollins, and The Undertaker. But one fan-favorite wrestler was missing. 

Every subsequent superstar, except Rollins, took out the one who came before them and gained massive cheers from the crowd. The Phenom’s arrival seemed like an emergency delivery of help from The American Nightmare’s late father, the legendary Dusty Rhodes. 


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While the WWE Universe did buy into this logic, they also felt that the best counter for Dwayne Johnson was Stone Cold Steve Austin. The WWE Universe also got its hopes up when the music of The Shield started playing, drawing several charged screams from the crowd. Everyone thought that Dean Ambrose was finally back to attack Dwayne Johnson and take down the Tribal Chief. 

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However, the crowd only got to see a tired Seth Rollins in his Shield gear get instantly neutralized and beat up by Roman Reigns. This further triggered fans on social media who believed that a Stone Cold Stunner sending Dwayne Johnson convulsing in the ring would have been the best thing.

When fans wanted to see another Stone Cold versus Dwayne Johnson spectacle

The Stone Cold Steve Austin versus Dwayne Johnson feud is one of the most iconic pro wrestling rivalries in the world. Despite The Rock being a nuisance to everyone in WWE, he met his match in Steve Austin, who always got the better of him. One of the fans posted an old clip from one such moment and expressed that they wanted to see it once again at WrestleMania XL.

One of the fans even mentioned that despite such a star-studded WrestleMania main event lineup, the absence of Stone Cold still ate away at them.

Another Stone Cold fan chimed in and said that Stone Cold should have been the one to take out Dwayne Johnson.

Several fans also directly questioned Triple H for not bringing Stone Cold for the final blow at the biggest-ever WrestleMania.


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Lastly, a fan took the route of subtle profanity to vent his frustration for not getting to see Stone Cold in such an iconic match.


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Written by

Sheron Singh


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Sheron Singh is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. With more than 500 articles under her belt, this psychology graduate is one of the mainstays of the WWE division, with a knack of dissecting the highly charged drama of the ring. Sheron's love for professional wrestling started at the age of 6 when her father introduced her to it.
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Gokul Pillai