What Happened When Cody Rhodes & Roman Reigns Met On SmackDown?

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Cody Rhodes promised to be on SmackDown to come face-to-face with the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and the two men did not hold back.

Cody Rhodes made his return to the ring in WWE following a serious muscle tear at the 2023 Royal Rumble where he entered the men’s match at number 30 and picked up the win, booking his place in the first WrestleMania main event of his career.

After defeating Sami Zayn at Elimination Chamber, Roman Reigns ensured that Rhodes would be facing him for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in what will be the seventh WrestleMania main event of his illustrious career.

On SmackDown in Washington D.C., Cody Rhodes confronted Reigns ahead of their monumental match and things quickly got personal.

As Roman Reigns dismissed the rest of The Bloodline so the two men could be alone, he laid down his title belts between them while Rhodes began by saying that for many Reigns is an impossible mountain to climb but that he had made a career of doing just that. Rhodes noted he was never meant to be more than Randy Orton’s understudy or to survive Stardust before referencing the industry-changing All In event and noted that nobody believed he and his indy buddies could sell out a 10,000 seat arena.

Roman Reigns then issued his response where he quickly began talking about the late Dusty Rhodes but stated that he had too much respect for The American Dream to speak ill of him. He did make sure to note that when he spoke to Dusty, he says Dusty never mentioned Cody and that if there was anything The Dream didn’t teach Cody, then Reigns would teach him at WrestleMania.

A fired-up Cody Rhodes explained that was exactly why he needed to beat Roman Reigns at WrestleMania and that to exist he needs to win. Unexpectedly, the two stars shook hands before Reigns walked off.