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WrestleMania XL saw some of the biggest moments in the history of WWE ever to take place in a span of just two nights. This year’s mania saw several title changes, including the dethroning of The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns by Cody Rhodes. While The American Nightmare faced a lot of resistance from Dwayne Johnson on his way, he persisted through all hurdles and finished his story.

The Monday Night Raw episode saw the aftermath of the show that had been on top of the hype train since January. Cody Rhodes and Dwayne Johnson shared the ring and looked each other in the eye after their two-night brawl. Interestingly, the WWE Universe just couldn’t get enough of the way these two superstars and Roman Reigns performed at WrestleMania. In fact, the excitement for everything that went down didn’t cease when Raw was aired the following day.

When the WWE Universe wanted to see more of Dwayne Johnson and Cody Rhodes

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The Dwayne Johnson and Cody Rhodes back and forth had completely gripped the minds of every pro wrestling fan. Be it the slaps both exchanged in the name of their families, Rhodes saying that he is hunting The Bloodline, or The Rock attacking him backstage in Chicago. Needless to say, the WWE Universe was too hooked and WrestleMania XL received massive viewership which carried forward the next day.

Sharing good news with everyone, Cody Rhodes’ sister, Teil Rhodes recently reacted to the huge numbers churned by Monday Night Raw. She made a tweet on X and wrote, “I’ve said this before but during the Monday Night Wars ratings used to come to our house via fax. These are huge numbers in the streaming era but we have mountains yet to climb. Wrestling is back.” Notably, her tweet came as a response to the viewership stats of Raw shared on X by WrestleOps.

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The tweet carried the caption, “The peak viewership for #WWERAW last night was the segment between Cody Rhodes & The Rock with about 3,200,000 viewers & 1.10 [1,447,000] in P18-49. Highest quarter-hour for a WWE TV segment in years.” The X handle cited Wrestlenomics as the source of these stats, which were achieved via the hard work of Dwayne Johnson, Cody Rhodes, and several others, including the backstage crew.

These numbers showcase that pro wrestling at WWE is only going to get better, especially with Dwayne Johnson as a TKO Board member now. In fact, WWE will finally see Cody Rhodes stand tall with the title that he had been desperately chasing.

What’s next for WWE and The American Nightmare?

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WrestleMania XL was the peak of pro wrestling for several members of the WWE Universe. The drama surrounding every match was phenomenal. Several moments like Roman Reigns hitting Seth Rollins with the chair instead of Cody Rhodes and The Undertaker taking out Dwayne Johnson were the biggest highlights of Night Two. But, WWE definitely has more to offer.

Dwayne Johnson almost explicitly hinted at a return to Cody Rhodes before exiting the WWE Arena on Monday Night Raw. On top of it, a potential leak suggested that Roman Reigns will return in August after getting treated for leukemia once again. 

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More importantly, CM Punk’s antics at Mania suggested he will soon see some fighting action and Rhodes will now defend his WWE title. Lastly, WWE is also getting more relaxed with its restrictions and is almost fully prepared to blow up on Netflix in 2025. Hence, the progress of the company is only projected upwards. What are your thoughts on this? Let them flow in the comments.

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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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