As seen during the February 2nd 2024 edition of WWE Smackdown, Cody Rhodes seemingly stepped aside for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to face Roman Reigns at WWE Wrestlemania 40. The Vince McMahon sex trafficking lawsuit, WWE canceling creative plans for Brock Lesnar, and CM Punk getting injured were said to be factors in plans being changed.
According to a report on Fightful Select, people backstage were said to have been shocked about Rock coming in to take Cody’s spot at Wrestlemania. Others that Fightful talked to noted that they heard as of the afternoon of the 2024 Royal Rumble PLE that Rock had agreed to do the match against Reigns. In addition to that, it’s believed that there was Rock “Head of the Table” Wrestlemania themed merchandise prototypes created by the Rumble weekend.
Fightful spoke to people within the company that believe Rock had not only lobbied to work the match against Reigns, he was even pushing to win it. The early word is that Rock will attempt to work a full-length match but there have been some concerns about him doing an extensive match following his recent appearances.