Cody Rhodes Reveals What He Felt Wrestling The Rock At WWE WrestleMania 40

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Cody Rhodes has addressed what it was like to step into the ring with The Rock for the first time in his career at WWE WrestleMania 40.

In the main event of WrestleMania 40 Saturday, Roman Reigns & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson picked up a huge victory over Cody Rhodes & Seth “Freakin” Rollins.

That match, which went 44:35, was the second-longest main event in WrestleMania. It ended with The Rock beating Cody after hitting a Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow for the win.

It was also The Rock’s first WrestleMania match in 8 years, but that match eight years ago was just a Rock Bottom and a win in under ten seconds. This WrestleMania 40 match was actually The Rock’s first real WWE match in 11 years since he main evented WrestleMania 29 with John Cena in 2013.

While talking to ESPN about The Rock’s return to the ring, WWE Champion Cody Rhodes said that he felt “magic” with the future WWE Hall of Famer.

“The Rock is on the Mount Rushmore of wrestling. I’ve spent a good portion of my career battling for my generation’s locker room to overtake the previously most successful era, the Attitude Era, The Rock’s era. But as we all found out in real-time watching WrestleMania, the man transcends time and our medium.”

“I never questioned his passion, but there were many smarter matches for a man more than 10 years removed from the ring to take: Seth Rollins and I aren’t on the easy list. The speed and style of our game has changed, but he came back fiercely. If anything, he’s not even close to done. The first time we locked up, I knew he had the magic. And that’s a rare thing to find with somebody.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was also pleased with the match while also teasing a WrestleMania 41 match next April although he didn’t say if it would be with Cody Rhodes, Roman Reigns, or somebody else.

Cody Rhodes Set To Compete In “I Quit Match” At WrestleMania 40

The WWE machine rolls on with the Clash at the Castle PLE set to take place this Saturday, June 15th in Glasgow, Scotland. At the show, Cody Rhodes will defend the Undisputed WWE Title against AJ Styles in a rematch from Backlash France when Rhodes beat Styles to retain his title.

This time when Cody faces AJ, they’ll have an “I Quit Match” for the WWE Title. The full lineup for Clash at the Castle is below.

* World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

* I Quit Match for the Undisputed WWE Championship: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. AJ Styles

* WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Piper Niven

* Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn (c) vs. Chad Gable

* WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill (c) vs. Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark vs. Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn

You can watch WWE Clash at the Castle, streaming live Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.