There will be a huge WWE press conference to announce some of the big matches taking place at WrestleMania 40.
In the main event of WWE SmackDown in Birmingham, AL, it appeared as though Cody Rhodes was going to make it official that he was going to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania for the second year in a row.
While Cody made it clear he was still coming after ROman’s championship and he wants to win that championship, he said he’s not going to challenge Reigns at WrestleMania 40.
That led to The Rock making a surprise appearance. The Rock shook Cody’s hand, hugged Cody and Cody left the ring. That led to The Rock having a staredown with his cousin Roman Reigns.
It was never officially announced that Roman Reigns would face The Rock at WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia, but that was certainly implied. It has been reported that WWE originally planned on doing Roman Reigns against Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins against CM Punk, but due to Punk’s injury, The Rock pitched the idea to face Reigns and that is what WWE is going with.
As for Cody, it’s unknown when he might challenge Reigns or if he’ll use his WrestleMania 40 championship challenge against Raw’s World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins.
What we do know is that WWE is going to have a huge WrestleMania 40 Kickoff press conference this coming Thursday, February 8th in Las Vegas. Why Las Vegas? It’s probably because the NFL’s Super Bowl will be on Sunday, February 11th in Las Vegas so there will be a lot of sports media around.
Details On WrestleMania 40 Kickoff Party Press Conference
The full press release issued by WWE for the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff party is below.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 3, 2024 – WWE®, part of TKO Group Holdings (NYSE: TKO), today announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Roman Reigns will face off at an open-to-the-public fan and media event – WrestleMania XL Kickoff – live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Thursday, February 8 at 4 p.m. PT.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. PT.This non-ticketed event, delivered by Pizza Hut, is free for all to attend.
Fans and media will hear from both The Rock and Roman Reigns, as well as WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque. Onsite interview opportunities for media will immediately follow the event with both participants, Cody Rhodes, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley.
Building on the anticipation for the already-record-breaking WrestleMania XL, Thursday’s event will be hosted by Monday Night Raw commentators Michael Cole and Pat McAfee, and stream live on WWE social and digital channels as well as Peacock.
VIP experiences for WrestleMania XL Kickoff through exclusive partner On Location are available for purchase at https://onlocationexp.com/wrestlemaniaxlkickoff.
WrestleMania XL takes place across two nights on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET live from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and stream live on Peacock in the U.S.
We will have full coverage of the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff party on TJRWrestling this coming Thursday, February 8th.