WWE Raw star Cody Rhodes has commented on the possibility of The Rock appearing at WrestleMania 40 next April.
Ahead of this year’s WrestleMania 39 event, it appeared that Roman Reigns had two possible opponents for the Show of Shows.
While Cody Rhodes won the Royal Rumble match in January, it had previously been reported that WWE had a Reigns vs The Rock match pencilled in, on the condition that the Hollywood star would only compete if he had time to get ring ready.
The Rock ultimately didn’t return to the ring, and the main event of WrestleMania 39 Sunday saw Cody Rhodes unsuccessfully challenge for Roman Reigns’ WWE Undisputed Universal Championship.
Following Dwayne Johnson’s recent WWE return on the September 15 edition of SmackDown, there has been speculation that The Rock could show up at WrestleMania 40.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Rhodes shared his honest thoughts on The Rock potentially wrestling in April 2024.
Stating that The Rock won’t take his spot, Rhodes said:
“I’ll say this about The Rock coming on Pat’s show…The Rock did for sports entertainment so much and continues to do so much by being the biggest star in Hollywood that I’m able to be at the level I’m at because I can stand on shoulders like those of The Rock.
“He could have come on there and run me down and I still would have the highest respect for the great one. He’s honestly a model Superstar for anybody who wants to supersede all expectations.
“With that said though, no matter what he said, anyone who did ask me, anyone who did confront me on it, I said I’m not flinching. I feel like if The Rock and I were in the same room, he would expect nothing less from me.
“If you think it’s somebody else, I’m gonna do everything I can to make sure you know it’s me and that’s the same attitude that The Rock had when he was climbing the ladder. I don’t care who it is. If that happens to be The Rock or anybody who comes into this fray (such as) a wonderful Superstar like LA Knight (or) an absolutely stellar performer like Sami Zayn, who him and I went toe to toe in a way last year.
“Line em up and I’m just gonna do everything I can to outrun them. I mean that with the utmost respect to them. I wasn’t shook at all by Rock’s big day out. What I would say is I’m not flinching.
“If Rock’s part of Wrestlemania 40, that would be outstanding. He should be, it’s The Rock but I don’t think he’ll be in my spot.”
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