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Here’s WHEN Cody Rhodes found out he LOST the WrestleMania XL main event slot

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In a surprising turn of events that has sent ripples through the WWE universe, Cody Rhodes, once poised to headline WrestleMania XL, found himself sidelined from the main event slot.

This development has sparked a flurry of speculation and disappointment among fans who had eagerly anticipated Rhodes’ crowning moment at the pinnacle of WWE’s showcase event.

WWE News: The Revelation Before SmackDown

Cody Rhodes, affectionately known as “The American Nightmare,” was informed of the significant change to WrestleMania’s main event before his appearance on the recent edition of Friday Night SmackDown, according to a new report from Fightful Select.

Despite the widespread shock among the WWE community upon hearing the news during the broadcast, Rhodes was not caught off guard.

He had been made aware of WWE’s decision to pivot towards a blockbuster match featuring The Rock against Roman Reigns before travelling for SmackDown, marking a dramatic shift in the event’s headline attraction.

WWE News: Inside the Decision

The decision to replace Rhodes with a match between The Rock and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40 was not made in isolation.

WWE talent, including The Rock, had already been booked for an upcoming press event in Las Vegas on February 8, hinting at the company’s direction for its marquee event.

However, the clarity regarding The Rock’s involvement in WrestleMania plans remained ambiguous until recently.

Fan Reaction and Support for Rhodes

The announcement has elicited a mixed reaction from the WWE fanbase, with many expressing their support for Cody Rhodes.

His journey back to WWE and the buildup to what many believed would be his moment to shine at WrestleMania XL had garnered immense fanfare.

The sudden change in plans has not only disappointed Rhodes’ supporters but also sparked a backlash against WWE’s creative direction.


  • When did Cody Rhodes find out he was not in the WrestleMania XL main event?
    • Cody Rhodes was informed before the recent edition of Friday Night SmackDown.
  • Who replaced Cody Rhodes in the WrestleMania XL main event?
    • The Rock vs. Roman Reigns match replaced Cody Rhodes’ anticipated main event slot.
  • How has the WWE universe reacted to the change in WrestleMania XL’s main event?
    • The reaction has been mixed, with significant support for Cody Rhodes and backlash against WWE’s decision.
  • What does the future hold for Cody Rhodes in WWE?
    • While uncertain, Cody Rhodes’ journey in WWE continues to attract significant fan interest and speculation.
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