Cody Rhodes Reveals When He Discovered WWE’s Plans For The Rock vs. Roman Reigns

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How much did Cody Rhodes know about The Rock’s WWE comeback?

WrestleMania 40 went off the air with Cody Rhodes an emotional wreck surrounded by half of the WWE roster after winning the Undisputed WWE Championship. However, the original plans for the show were very different.

As has become well known since, WWE hoped The Rock would have been in Rhodes’ spot, having finally defeated the Tribal Chief, cementing his place at the Head of the Table. In fact, it was only a huge negative reaction from fans when Rhodes stepped aside for The Rock in February that caused the Hollywood megastar to turn heel, leaving the path clear for Rhodes to take his shot at Reigns.

Appearing on Busted Open Radio, Rhodes revealed he was told of WWE’s plans for The Rock vs. Roman Reigns on the day of the Royal Rumble — just hours before winning the Rumble match.

“One thing that might be revealed in the documentary and might put things in a different perspective for people is I find out about the possibility of The Rock vs. Roman Reigns the day of the Royal Rumble and I had to leave that room head up and make sure no one knew what could possibly happen and probably one of the more difficult days I’ve ever had in the wrestling business.

But also, how could you complain when you’re winning the Royal Rumble. When you’re pointing at the sign [and] over 20,000 people in Tampa. It was such a high, such a low.”

Rhodes went on to reflect on his less-than-ideal run to WrestleMania, which included his tour boss catching fire.

“I’ll say this about the month leading up to WrestleMania 40. You try to create these ideal situations for yourself as an athlete…I just couldn’t catch a break when it came to the ideal circumstance.

I was just talking to Brandi about this this morning but my bus a few days before WrestleMania becomes a giant fireball out in the parking lot. Had to bring in a new bus for me. I’m sleeping in a bunk that was for a band…I was not gonna be presented with the ideal circumstances.

I had given into that and conceded that before WrestleMania because I just had this feeling, even all the way back to the Royal Rumble. I had this feeling that it was gonna work out.”

Writer Claims Cody Rhodes Should Have Played Segment Differently

During a recent interview, Brian Gewirtz claimed Cody Rhodes “didn’t help” matters with his reaction to stepping aside for The Rock. During the segment on SmackDown, Rhodes gave up his match with Roman Reigns and looked utterly broken at doing so. However, Gewirtz said the star was meant to be more upbeat and his negative reaction helped fans turn on the segment.

H/t to WrestlingNews.Co