How WWE changed its WrestleMania 39 plans for Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes will challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the main event of Wrestle Mania 39 in early April in Los Angeles. Rhodes first hinted that he finally wanted to become a WWE Champion the night after his WWE return Wrestle Mania 38, saying how the WWE title has eluded his entire family and that he intends to fix that. Multiple reports surfaced while Rhodes was out with a torn sternum that WWE finally wanted to split the WWE and Universal Championships back into separate titles after Reigns rejoined them at WrestleMania 38, but “The Tribal Chief” has continued to defend both as if their only title .

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer explained how WWE had to change its WrestleMania plans for Rhodes, but fell through after it was clear that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would not be able to wrestle on the show. Apparently he only had to compete for a ‘new’ title while Reigns was held up with ‘The People’s Champ’.

“If it had been Roman and The Rock, they would have created a championship on Saturday night that Cody probably would have won,” Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer radio (h/t WrestleTalk). “It was Cody, Drew (McIntyre) or (Seth) Rollins who would come out of that title. Because they want to go back to two titles.”

Cody Rhodes at The Rock Missing WrestleMania 39

Rhodes spoke with The daily mail recently about how he thinks WrestleMania will be better off with its current storylines instead of bringing in Johnson for a one-off against Reigns.

“With all due respect in the world to one of the GOATs The Rock, it looks like the options we have here within the roster are even better because of the stories happening,” explained Rhodes. “One story of finishing something that started in 1978 – seven years before I was even born – and another story of the tragedy of being welcomed into the Bloodline and what you saw unfold. I think with the amount of time between now and WrestleMania , it’s important that I keep my eyes straight on WrestleMania wrestling squarely for the WWE Undisputed Championship and as you hinted that might not be against Roman Reigns Now I don’t know if anyone can beat Roman Reigns, no way, but for me it’s about picking up the chip.

“I like the melodrama, I like the heaviness in these stories that develop in our industry, but I’m just a guy looking for a belt. I’m looking for a championship title belt, the most important in our world, the greatest of them all – not just in the WWE bubble but all bubbles – and be the first to say I did it as Rhodes, and it wasn’t Dusty Rhodes and it wasn’t Dustin Rhodes, it was Cody Rhodes, he continued.

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