Rock Vs. Roman Reigns is a match that WWE fans have been waiting for for years. However, Dwayne Johnson’s Hollywood projects have had a hard time getting anything to stick. A match between two members of the Anoa’i family could still happen, but with a twist.
The Rock and Roman Reigns are two of the most prominent wrestlers of the modern era, and given their personal history, a match of this magnitude would certainly require a big stage. However, it’s entirely possible that won’t happen at WrestleMania 40.
Royal Rumble 2024 could be the best event for The Rock vs. Roman Reigns. The show will take place in Florida, the hometown of both stars. The match may also not happen at WrestleMania 40 as the SAG-AFTRA strike approaches and Dwayne’s Hollywood responsibilities may pile up. This could also be the best debut for Roman’s eventual Mania opponent, Cody Rhodes.
Cody Rhodes could win next year’s Royal Rumble and end up facing Roman again. Meanwhile, the Tribal Chief could defeat his cousin to gain momentum heading into Mania, and if Cody defeats Roman, The American Nightmare will become an even more important hero.
Why didn’t The Rock vs. Roman Reigns happen at WrestleMania 39 despite being “locked in”?
As it turns out, the long-awaited fantasy match for the aforementioned members of the Anoa’i family was supposed to take place at WrestleMania 39. However, changes in the company affected the preparations.
While on The Pat McAfee ShowThe Rock reported that his match with Roman Reigns had been discussed for 2022 and had been “blocked.” He said Nick Khan brought him and Vince McMahon together and saw the potential of the fight. However, they were unable to complete the negotiations. However, he hinted that this could happen next year.
“We can host the match, but what can we do for the fans in the business? … WrestleMania is not the end, but the beginning of something more. We got close, but couldn’t figure out what it was. So we put down our pencils. There will be a merger soon and it will happen eventually. WrestleMania is coming to Philadelphia.”
What were Cody Rhodes’ plans if The Rock vs. Roman Reigns happened at WrestleMania 39?
Dave Meltzer reported that a second world title was scheduled for the first night of Mania 39. Stars who were in contention for him included Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre.
It would be interesting to see if Dwayne Johnson ever faces Roman Reigns in WWE.