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Published 02/17/2024, 1:34 AM EST

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Roman Reigns arrived tonight on SmackDown with a rather carefree countenance, after everything that happened with Cody Rhodes and The Rock at the Kickoff conference for WrestleMania XL. The Tribal Chief arrived at the ring accompanied by Paul Heyman, Jimmy Uso, and Solo Sikoa to talk about what was to come for him at the WWE event.

‘The Tribal Chief’ assured that everything was about to change, as he could officially say that the Rock was a member of the Bloodline. The ‘People’s Champion’ arrived to speak to the SmackDown audience, and his attire was surely something that caught the eyes of the fans. Rather than wearing his typical black jacket, he wore a gold and black shirt. Something that means more than a change in his look. Here are more details on the not-so-subtle change.

The return of heel Rock

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As the Rock came to the ring to address the fans or insult them like he did, there was something different this time. He was wearing a gold and black Versace shirt, a return of the $500 shirt. And while many might think that this was a normal change in attire for the Brahma Bull, well it wasn’t. When the babyface Rocky Maivia became The corporate heel Rock in 1997, he started wearing cool clothes, every week he’d have a good-looking $500 Versace shirt, it became a signature of the Brahma Bull, the same way the eyebrow raise is. The Rock wore these shirts weekly in 2001 but stopped wearing them during the road to WrestleMania 17.

After becoming the Hollywood Rock, he started wearing merchandise he was promoting like ‘Just Bring It’ and ‘Lay the SmackDown’ attire. And before today, he was usually seen rocking under armor vests. And while it is not sure if the shirt he wore tonight was from a new collection or not, it is possible that he must’ve simply reused an old shirt as he did for the 2013 film ‘Pain and Gain’.

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But this switch to his $500 shirts surely signifies his switch to the dark side again. The Rock surely is looking forward to bringing an end to Rhode’s story but not the way the American Nightmare wanted. After all he is a member of the Bloodline now as revealed in tonight’s segment. For those who missed it, here’s a quick recap.

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The Rock joins the bad boy club

Tonight on SmackDown, after Paul Heyman, Solo Sikoa, Jimmy Uso, and Roman Reigns entered the ring, The Rock was introduced to the Bloodline and promised that he would do everything to prevent Cody Rhodes from winning at WrestleMania XL. The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion opened hostilities by insulting the audience present and stated that this would be a historic night, as it is the first night that The Rock will be part of the Bloodline.

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The “Great One” joined his family and also wasted no time insulting the fans, later accusing the fans of being responsible for him not facing Roman Reigns in the biggest main event ever in WrestleMania history. After criticizing the fact that Cody Rhodes will return to wrestle for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship after losing at WrestleMania 39, the Hollywood actor stated that he will do everything to ensure that the “American Nightmare” leaves WrestleMania XL without any titles. The Rock ended this segment by saying that Cody Rhodes’ story is ending and Bloodline’s story is beginning. What did you think of the heel turn? Let us know in the comments.

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Abhishek Kumar Das is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a researcher, journalist, and combat sports editor, Abhishek is uniquely poised to deliver wrestling news that is both straightforward and backed by facts. A die-hard Jeff Hardy fan, and a defender of heels to hell and beyond, he enjoys delving into the different storylines that both WWE and other promotions have to offer.
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