The Rock replaces Cody Rhodes to challenge Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 40 which puts the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on the line. An unexpected decision by Rhodes who won the Royal Rumble for the second year in a row. Last year it was Reigns who snatched the victory from him and for this reason all wrestling fans were now expecting the great rematch. But surprisingly on Friday night he gave way to The Rock who made his spectacular return to the world of wrestling.
A shock for the fans who saw Rhodes step aside to make room for The Rock. The latter showed up in the ring and whispered something to Rhodes himself, as if to thank him for this opportunity. But the fans didn't take it well and protests immediately mounted on social media. The Rock's entry was seen as an act of presumption towards Rhodes considered “the good guy” in wrestling. An enigmatic ending to WrestleMania XL which will now see the long-awaited family challenge between The Rock and his cousin Roman Reigns.
The hashtag # WeWantCody is now going crazy on social media, remaining first in trends in the USA all Friday night despite the UFC event taking place at the same time. Many have harshly criticized WWE 's actions and the choice to effectively replace Cody Rhodes with The Rock in the main event of Wrestlemania XL . Space was left for the spectacle rather than the sporting event itself. “At this rate, this could be the biggest faux pas in history, because we don't want The Rock. We want Cody,” wrote one enraged fan.
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It's kind of the common thought. However, it cannot be ruled out that even in the face of this incredible outcome, WWE could change its apparent plans and have Rhodes face Reigns despite The Rock currently taking his place at the April event. Meanwhile, the YouTube video that saw Rhodes give way to The Rock immediately became the most disliked of all time, surpassing 400,000 “dislikes” in just under a day. Certainly, perhaps not even The Rock expected a reaction like this since the 51-year-old Hollywood actor made his return to the ring after retiring in 2019.