The Rock Breaks Character To Give Honest Opinion On Cody Rhodes

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What does The Rock really think of Cody Rhodes?

When The Rock teased coming for the Head of The Table on January 1st, no one could have predicted what followed. Although he was initially a babyface, fans were fully behind Cody Rhodes, forcing The Rock to turn heel for the first time since 2003.

At night one of WrestleMania 40, Rock will team with Roman Reigns to take on Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins before Reigns goes on to face Rhodes on night two. However, the original plans were very different.

Appearing on the Will Cain Show, The Great One broke down how things were supposed to play out.

“The original plan was for me to come back as the baby face, the big baby face come back and face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship and put on here in Philadelphia, the biggest main event of all time. I believe the qualities of a good leader, not to say that I’m a good leader, but I believe the qualities of a good leader is one who has the ability to pivot, but also make sure that you listen to the people.”

Continuing on, Rock said that disappointing a section of WWE’s fanbase “hurt his heart,” so he decided it was time to switch things up. While discussing fans’ love for Rhodes, the Hollywood star briefly broke character to pay tribute to his rival.

“As I came back, I started to realize that while fans love the idea of The Rock and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, there was also this other storyline building that they had been invested in for a couple of years with a guy named Cody Rhodes, who, wrestling royalty, Dusty Rhodes is his dad. Dustin Rhodes is his brother.

One or two things could have happened in that moment, and this happened in January. We could have either kept trucking through. I’m a director of the board. I got a little bit of influence here in the WWE. We could have kept trucking through. The thing that bugged me, I was in Hawaii, and I realized, man, there’s a segment of fans here who are just disappointed.

It hurt my heart to think that, well, I don’t want to truck through and leave these fans disappointed. But not only that, we also got a guy in Cody Rhodes who’s been working his ass off for years now. This is his story. Who, by the way, Cody, as we speak very openly here, could not be a better human being.”

Why Didn’t The Rock Return At WrestleMania 39?

During a recent interview, WWE President Nick Khan — who just so happens to be friends with The Rock, broke down why the star missed WrestleMania 39 despite holding talks with the company.

Khan explained that The Rock couldn’t work out how to make his return make creative sense, so decided to hold off until the “why” became clear.

H/t to Fightful