“Then why book Cody to Win the Rumble”: Dwayne Johnson Always Planned to Face Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 40 (Reports)

Dwayne Johnson's WrestleMania 40 clash as Cody's rumble win is questioned amid reports of a planned showdown with Roman Reigns.

"Then why book Cody to Win the Rumble": Dwayne Johnson Always Planned to Face Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 40 (Reports)


  • WrestleMania 40 features a highly anticipated match between Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Roman Reigns, a clash of WWE legends.
  • The Rock reportedly pushed hard for the match, potentially influencing WWE's decision-making amidst external controversies.
  • Fans express discontent over The Rock vs. Roman Reigns match, questioning Cody's involvement after his abrupt exit.
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In the world of professional wrestling, excitement reverberates as reports unveil Dwayne Johnson’s intricate design for WrestleMania 40, a monumental clash against Roman Reigns. Tied to a substantial stock payday hinged on specific milestones, including his anticipated return to the ring, insiders hint at the meticulous orchestration of the 51-year-old’s vision.

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As reports swirl and anticipation intensifies, fans anxiously await confirmation of this colossal showdown, poised to unfold on the grandest stage.

Major WrestleMania 40 Update: The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns

WrestleMania 40 is gearing up for a massive showdown as Dwayne Johnson faces off against Roman Reigns. The WWE legends finally crossed paths on the Road to WrestleMania 40, with reports indicating that The Rock had his sights set on a clash with Reigns from the get-go.


In a recent WWE SmackDown episode, Cody Rhodes surprised everyone by stepping back from challenging Reigns at this year’s Showcase of the Immortals and instead introducing The Rock.

Word has it that The Rock pushed hard for this match, possibly even vying for a win, though that remains unconfirmed for now.

As per EWN, the buzz around The Rock’s involvement in the main event was inevitable, tied to his $30 million stock options payout as a recent TKO board member, contingent on specific financial milestones. It includes his return to the ring this year.

Dwayne Johnson and Roman Reigns

Reports suggest The Rock was advocating for this match even before news of the latest Vince McMahon scandal broke. Insiders speculate that this could work in WWE’s favor, helping them steer away from the negative media attention surrounding the company.

Wrestling aficionado Dave Meltzer shared insights on The Rock’s relentless push for the Reigns match on the Wrestling Observer forum. He revealed (TJR wrestling), 

“Dwayne pushed super hard for it. Read last week’s issue and this week’s. The card changed when Punk & Brock were out and all the dominoes fell. Dwayne already wanted it and they felt they now needed it as well. Felt this was better to change the news flow away from Vince.”

The Rock’s return to the ring and Reigns’ dominance undoubtedly set the stage for a clash of titans. However, not everyone in the WWE fanbase seems thrilled with the booking of the Rock vs. Roman Reigns matchup. 


The Fans Express Discontent Over The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns

Dwayne Johnson and Roman Reigns
Wrestlers, Dwayne Johnson and Roman Reigns

Fans are expressing disappointment over the impending showdown between The Rock and the 38-year-old. The surprise appearance of The Rock during a segment with Cody Rhodes and Reigns left many scratching their heads.

Cody’s decision to back out of challenging Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship further fueled fan frustration. One fan took to social media, asking why Cody was booked to win the Rumble if this was the outcome. He commented, “But then why book Cody to win the rumble.”



Anticipation for the event is growing, but fan discontent highlights the challenge of catering to diverse preferences in professional wrestling.


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