The Rock has hinted “Hollywood Rock” could be coming back.
On the February 2nd episode of SmackDown, Cody Rhodes appeared to step aside to let The Rock challenge Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. The decision has been met with huge criticism online with “#WeWantCody” trending on social media for days after the show.
The segment has also created more questions than answers, with fans wondering whether Rhodes will still get to face Reigns, and if there’s more to the story.
First and foremost, The Rock will be competing at WrestleMania 40. During an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, the WWE legend confirmed he’s in training camp to make sure he’s ready to go come the big night.
“When I do go back to the ring at WrestleMania, the most important thing is the training camp, which has already started. I have multiple rings set up. Over in Hawaii, I have a ring set up. I have a ring set up on the west coast. We’re full on in camp,
From the second Roman Reigns said years ago, ‘I’m the head of the table and I’m the head of this bloodline,’ that’s when our story began. It’s converging now. It’s converging to WrestleMania. I understand the passion, which we are going to address.”
McAfee then mentioned the backlash to the SmackDown segment and fans’ support of Cody Rhodes. At this, Rock dived into his history with the Rhodes family and claimed he expected the fan reaction.
“I expected it. We expected it. It’s right there. You go back, and I like to think, ‘I have my finger on the pulse,’ we all try to keep the finger on the pulse.
Ultimately, what the fans want, and what they’re saying, and sometimes, oftentimes, as you guys know, in sports and entertainment and anywhere, regardless of the vertical of business you’re in, there is a wave of noise that happens right out of the gate that you want to pause for a second, let’s not make any rash decisions, let’s wait to see how it all shakes out and see from there.
It was just a matter of waiting. Now, was not surprised at it, I did expect it. Here is the fun part about this, I’ve known Cody for a long time. He’s a buddy of mine. Dusty Rhodes and my dad used to team together in Florida, we used to go to the Rhodes house all the time when I was growing up. We’re tight in that way. I love Cody, I love his passionate fans.”
The Rock Takes Aim At “Cody Crybabies”
Rock then rolled back the years to cut a promo on a section of fans he dubbed “Cody crybabies.” Although he was quick to explain that there’s a difference between Rhodes himself, genuine Rhodes fans, and the crybabies.
“Then, there are the other passionate fans, they’re called the Cody crybabies. These are grown-ass men. ‘Cody is gonna finish his story.’ Wait a second, hold on. ‘Dad, you want to go outside and play catch with me?’ ‘Not now, Cody is trying to finish his story. I’m upset.’ The wife comes in, ‘Hey honey, do you want to have sex?’ ‘Not now, Cody has to finish his story.’
At the end of the day, you have the Cody crybabies and the Cody fans and Cody himself. There is a clear distinction between the three. The Rock says this, the Cody crybabies, for every ten tweets, they’re shoving a chicken mcnugget in their mouth, every 20 tweets they’re shoving two mcnuggets up their ass.
The Rock says this, all you have to do is sit back, know your role, shut your mouth, and enjoy the ride the Rock is going to take your candy ass on. Hashtag that. Hashtag, shut your bitch asses up, hashtag Cody crybabies. That’s the fun part of what we do. It’s awesome,”
The Rock, Roman Reigns, and Cody Rhodes are set to appear at a huge press conference for WrestleMania 40 on February 8th.
H/t to Fightful