Cody Rhodes confirms report about WWE’s initial plans for Roman Reigns vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania 40

It was previously reported that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s deal with WWE/TKO that was made in early January of 2024 included a match against Roman Reigns. Dave Meltzer of noted in February that Cody Rhodes wasn’t told until the day of the Royal Rumble PLE that WWE was planning to have Rock vs. Reigns at Wrestlemania even though Cody was booked to win the Rumble match.

While appearing on Busted Open Radio, Cody discussed the upcoming Wrestlemania 40 documentary and confirmed Meltzer’s report…

“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.”

“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.” (quotes courtesy of