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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is seen during a ceremony announcing he has joined the Board of Directors for TKO at New York Stock Exchange on January 23, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Michelle Farsi/Zuffa LLC)

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Despite teasing a match between The Rock and undisputed WWE universal champion Roman Reigns, 2024 men’s Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes challenged Reigns for the main-event match at WrestleMania 40 in April during a WrestleMania kickoff event in Las Vegas on Thursday.


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However, The Rock slapped Rhodes after taking issue with comments made about his and Reigns’ family:

Reigns also announced earlier in the press conference that his preference would be to face The Rock in the main event:

The Rock made a surprise appearance on Raw last month, and at the end of his promo, he mentioned “The Head of the Table,” which is one of Reigns’ nicknames. That led to speculation that WWE was setting up a match between the real-life cousins.

However, Rhodes won his second consecutive men’s Royal Rumble match and pointed at Reigns afterward, which made it seem as though Rhodes vs. Reigns was the plan for WrestleMania for a second year in a row.

On the Feb. 2 episode of SmackDown, Rhodes confronted Reigns and seemed poised to announce that he would be facing The Tribal Chief at WrestleMania, but he reversed course and brought out The Rock.

Cody noted that beating Reigns for the undisputed WWE Universal Championship was still his goal since it was the title his father, Dusty Rhodes, fell just short of winning. Even so, The American Nightmare said his match against Reigns would not happen on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

The Rock and Reigns had an intense stare-down to close that episode of SmackDown, but nothing was officially announced regarding a potential match between them at the time.

Fans have long referred to The Rock vs. Reigns as a dream match, and both men have spoken publicly about being open to making it happen in the past.

Just last month, The Rock was named to the TKO board of directors, and he appeared on ESPN’s First Take afterward to discuss several subjects, including the possibility of facing Reigns.

The Rock said there was “a chance” it could happen, and called himself a “long-gamer” and someone who wants to build a story properly. That left people wondering if the match could happen at WrestleMania 40 or further down the line.

It appears that any and all questions were answered Thursday, as Rhodes vs. Reigns seems to be made official, meaning WWE either purposely swerved its audience or caved to pressure from fans who made it clear that Rhodes vs. Reigns was their preferred path.

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