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Cody Rhodes was wronged by WWE

Cody Rhodes was poised for a WrestleMania showdown with Roman Reigns, but external factors and WWE's decisions have left fans and Rhodes feeling wronged.

Harsh Chopra
Last updated: 08.02.2024
Cody Rhodes was wronged by WWE

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Cody Rhodes was poised for a WrestleMania showdown with Roman Reigns, but external factors and WWE's decisions have left fans and Rhodes feeling wronged.


In the aftermath of the latest SmackDown episode, Cody Rhodes finds himself in a state of betrayal by WWE. The highly anticipated clash between him and Roman Reigns, set for WrestleMania 40, took an unexpected turn. Despite winning the 2024 Royal Rumble, Rhodes's path to championship glory was derailed by unforeseen circumstances. As tensions rose, The Rock's involvement further complicated the narrative, leaving fans disillusioned and clamoring for answers. The backstage shock and fan outrage underscore the need for clarity and fairness in WWE's decision-making process. As speculation mounts, a WrestleMania 40 Kickoff Press Event promises resolution, but only time will tell if Cody Rhodes will reclaim his shot at glory.


This is the feeling of the entire WWE universe after the latest episode of SmackDown which took place in Birmingham Alabama. For a year the main event of WrestleMania 40 was supposed to be Cody Rhodes vs Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. The fans had recovered after the loss at WrestleMania 39 because they knew another opportunity would be coming next year. However on SmackDown it felt like Cody Rhodes would no longer challenge Roman Reigns at WrestleMania.


Let’s talk about how Cody Rhodes was wronged by WWE

Cody Rhodes has been wronged by WWE

The WWE and more specifically The Rock has wronged Cody Rhodes in a big way. WWE has been building towards Cody Rhodes vs Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship for almost a year since WrestleMania 39. And after Cody Rhodes won the 2024 Royal Rumble it was almost clear that it would be Cody Rhodes vs Roman Reigns. However certain things happened outside the Wrestling world that had a direct impact on the product. And to make it all worse, CM Punk got injured at the Royal Rumble and all the plans changed. Still  it was advertised on SmackDown that Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns would come face to face.


The WWE fans were excited to see this showdown and finally for Cody Rhodes to choose Roman Reigns for WrestleMania 40. Everything was going so well until Cody Rhodes said that he wants the Championship from Roman Reigns but not at WrestleMania 40. The next thing that he said made the WWE universe upset as he brought out The Rock and Roman Reigns and The Rock faced off to close the show. The WWE fans showed their anger on Twitter and more specifically on YouTube where the video of Roman Reigns confronting The Rock has over 400,000 dislikes which is the rarest of rare occasions. The news is that The Rock used his executive power of being in the TKO Board of Directors and he pushed for the match against Roman Reigns this WrestleMania. The plans changed after CM Punk was injured. The backstage reaction from the WWE superstars was that of shock when this was happening.


Cody Rhodes worked 2 years building to this moment and the WWE fans are fully on his side. Then suddenly the plans to change will anger everyone. It looks like even Triple H was not in a position to do anything about this. The high ranking officials of TKO would favor this match more because it makes them more money. WWE have announced a WrestleMania 40 Kickoff Press Event where all 3 superstars will be there. All the doubts will be cleared on 8th February in Las Vegas. WWE must have seen the amount of anger that this has caused and there is still a way to fix this and that is to add Cody Rhodes to this match and make it a Triple Threat at WrestleMania. Through this The Rock will face Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes can finish his story at WrestleMania 40. It will be a win-win for everyone.

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