When Cody Rhodes returned to the WWE at number 30 during the Royal Rumble, many people presumed that we had finally seen the emergence of the man to beat Roman Reigns and end his 950+ day reign on top. The company built months of TV around the end of The Bloodline and even had The Usos lose their Undisputed Tag Team Titles to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn as the first step in toppling the dominant group. Yet, Roman Reigns came out on top following Solo Sikoa interference in a move that left the majority of fans stunned.
Many will have wondered what the thought process behind having The Tribal Chief retain his titles in the main event of WrestleMania, with some even speculating over whether the decision had been changed last minute. However, as Dave Meltzer writes in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the result of the ‘Mania main event was in fact decided on months in advance with the report describing it as ‘always the plan’.
“Reigns winning was always the plan, although it was kept secret and almost nobody knew.”-WON.
As for what’s next for the pair, Cody Rhodes was set up to feud with Brock Lesnar moving forward following an angle on Raw while it’s currently unknown who will step up to face Roman Reigns next.
As always, we’ll aim to update you on both Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes as well as future plans for the two as we hear more.