WWE’s Royal Rumble set the stage for Cody Rhodes to face Roman Reigns again after securing back-to-back Rumble victories, leading many to anticipate that this episode of SmackDown would mark the start of their next saga.
However, WWE took an unexpected turn during the February 2nd episode of Friday Night SmackDown, when Cody Rhodes brought out a familiar face to Roman Reigns: The Rock.
The appearance of The Rock elicited a thunderous applause from the Birmingham, Alabama crowd, culminating in an intense face-off between him and Roman Reigns after Cody Rhodes exited the ring.
Certainly, there’s a buzz about The Rock finally stepping into the ring against Reigns, particularly at WrestleMania. However, there’s a faction of the audience who are less than thrilled to see The Rock take Cody’s spot.
The discontent among fans isn’t so much about The Rock challenging Roman Reigns; it’s more about The Rock taking the spot many felt was destined for Rhodes, especially given Rhodes’ consecutive victories and the momentum he’s built over this past year in their storyline to finish his story.
Last night, The Rock then shared his thoughts on social media about the audience’s undeniable response when his theme music played.
There’s a word for this explosive, insane reaction – undeniable.
No matter the era, the decade, or the city, the energy and connection between the People’s Champ and the People can never be broken and is truly an electrifying experience that creates chills every single time.… pic.twitter.com/LQI6gMdpIs
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 4, 2024
The Rock and Roman Reigns are set to confront each other again on Thursday during a special event aimed at promoting WrestleMania 40.
The Rock and Roman Reigns set for iconic face-off at WrestleMania XL Kickoff!
STAMFORD, Conn., February 3, 2024 –WWE, part of TKO Group Holdings (NYSE: TKO), today announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Roman Reigns will face off at an open-to-the-public fan and media event – WrestleMania XL Kickoff – live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Thursday, February 8 at 4 p.m. PT.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. PT.This non-ticketed event, delivered by Pizza Hut, is free for all to attend.
Fans and media will hear from both The Rock and Roman Reigns, as well as WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque. Onsite interview opportunities for media will immediately follow the event with both participants, Cody Rhodes, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley.
Building on the anticipation for the already-record-breaking WrestleMania XL, Thursday’s event will be hosted by Monday Night Raw commentators Michael Cole and Pat McAfee, and stream live on WWE social and digital channels as well as Peacock.
VIP experiences for WrestleMania XL Kickoff through exclusive partner On Location are available for purchase at https://onlocationexp.com/wrestlemaniaxlkickoff.
WrestleMania XL takes place across two nights on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET live from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and stream live on Peacock in the U.S.