As previously noted, Cody Rhodes will reportedly challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal title at Wrestlemania 39 if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is unavailable to perform and a decision is expected to be made prior to the 2023 Royal Rumble PLE.
New merchandise for The Rock was released on WWEShop.com but Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com noted that it was more related to the 30th anniversary of RAW. In an update on The Rock’s status for Wrestlemania 39, Meltzer stated the following…
“We were told that unless he changes his mind in the next few days, since a deadline for Mania plans is coming, that he’s indicated he won’t have time to get into the kind of shape [ring shape] he feels he needs to be in to do a main event match with Roman Reigns, but kept the door open for something in the future. Of course it is a possibility that it’s something being kept a secret from everyone.”
The Rock is expected to be “heavily involved” in promoting the re-launch of the XFL next month.