Cody Rhodes delivered a surprising decision on Smackdown by choosing not to pursue a rematch for the undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Instead, he passed the opportunity to The Rock.
The end of Smackdown featured Roman Reigns delivering a scathing promo to Seth Rollins. Reigns mocked “The Visionary,” dismissing the claim that Rollins is “the guy” in WWE as absurd. He further belittled the world heavyweight championship, labeling it a “Losers Bracket Title”.
Cody Rhodes then made his entrance, sharing that he had spent the week consulting with friends, family, and wrestling icons. He accused Reigns of unfairly defeating him at WrestleMania 39 and emphasized his ambition to capture the championship that eluded his father. For Rhodes, reclaiming the title from Reigns—regardless of its current form—was a way to end his story. However, Rhodes revealed an unexpected twist: he wouldn’t seek revenge at WrestleMania. Rhodes said he still wants to take everything from Reigns, but it wouldn’t happen at WrestleMania.
Rhodes said he sought counsel from someone very familiar with Reigns. This led to The Rock’s dramatic entrance, met with roaring approval from the audience. After a heartfelt moment with “The People’s Champ,” Rhodes respectfully exited the ring, signaling he would not be the one to challenge Reigns. The episode concluded with a silent but intense standoff between Reigns and The Rock, setting the stage for WrestleMania.