Cody Rhodes isn’t flinching when it comes to threats to his WrestleMania 40 main event bout.
With WrestleMania season fast approaching, many fans expect Cody Rhodes to yet again headline the event as he seeks to dethrone Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, a task he was unsuccessful at in the main event of WrestleMania 39.
Despite Cody being the leading candidate for the spot, The Rock could potentially throw a spanner in the works, as the Hollywood superstar previously mentioned that plans were in place for him to face Reigns at Mania 39. Appearing recently on Busted Open Radio, Cody has now had a chance to respond to the potential of The Rock taking his spot, and it appears he isn’t too concerned.
“Nobody has asked me about The Rock. I think they’re scared to ask me or they don’t want to be rude. I’ll say this about The Rock. Coming on Pat’s show [The Pat McAfee Show], which I was watching live because I love Pat and then SmackDown. The Rock did for sports entertainment so much, and continues to do so much by being the biggest star in Hollywood, that I’m able to be at the level that I’m at because I can stand on shoulders like those of The Rock’s. He could have come on there and run me down and I would still have the highest respect for The Great One. He’s honestly a model superstar for anyone who wants to supersede expectations. With that said, no matter what he said, anyone who asked me or confronted me on it. I’m not flinching. I’m not flinching. I feel if The Rock and I were in the same room, he would expect nothing less from me. If you think it’s somebody else, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure you know it’s me. That’s the same attitude The Rock had when he was climbing the ladder. I don’t care who it is. If that happens to be The Rock. If it happens to be anybody. A wonderful superstar like LA Knight, a stellar performer like Sami Zayn. Line them up and I’m going to do everything I can to outrun them. I mean that with the utmost respect. I wasn’t shook at all by Rock’s big day out. What I would say is: not flinching. If Rock is part of WrestleMania 40, that would be outstanding, it’s The Rock, but I don’t think he’ll be in my spot,”-Cody Rhodes
The Rock made a surprise appearance during the September 15th episode of Friday Night SmackDown, however with the SAG-AFTRA Strike now seemingly reaching a tentative agreement, it’s unclear as to whether his schedule will allow for further dates.
As for what’s next for Rhodes, the American Nightmare is set to team with Jey Uso during tonight’s episode of RAW as they seek to reclaim the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles from the Judgement Day ahead of their WarGames match at November 25th’s Survivor Series.
As always, we’ll aim to provide any further updates on the plans for WrestleMania 40 as soon as we hear more.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription.