The Rock, Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes clashed at the WrestleMania 40 preview event (Picture: WWE)
The wrestling legend turned Hollywood megastar was in Las Vegas for the special event in front of fans and media on Thursday, with hints his dream match with cousin Roman Reigns would become official.
However, instead of The Rock stepping up to the Tribal Chief in a battle for their family’s honour, Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes confirmed he will challenge Roman for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
In furious scenes after the conference, Dwayne confronted boss Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque and ordered him to fix things, before further comments were censored on the broadcast.
Fans and media in attendance, revealed he had dropped an F-bomb, with some claiming he said: ‘I’ll slap [Cody’s] f**king teeth out of his mouth.’
WWE’s Jackie Redmond, who was interviewing Triple H at the time of the altercation, tweeted: ‘For those asking, @TheRock said he would “slap Cody’s teeth out of his mouth” but with expletives. 💣 #WrestleMania’
There had been some fierce backlash over the past week after it appeared Cody was stepping aside to let The Rock face Roman in Philadelphia in April, with a groundswell of support for the American Nightmare.
On Thursday, the champion named Dwayne as his pick, but the People’s Champ was met with a mixed response and a lot of ‘we want Cody’ chants.
He went onto show the full Bloodline – the Samoan Dynasty Family Tree – with his and Roman’s grandfathers at the top after making a blood oath.
Despite that lineage and his claims Rock versus Roman was the biggest WrestleMania main event ever, it didn’t go to plan.
The Rock took issue with Cody’s comments (Picture: WWE)
The Hollywood legend slapped the American Nightmare (Picture: WWE)
The cousins shook hands, but Cody came out onto the stage and described the situation was ‘bulls**t’, before exercising his right to pick his WrestleMania main event.
He insisted his two rivals’ grandfathers would be ashamed of Roman for what he’s become, which led to The Rock slapping him in the face to defend his family.
The three men, along with World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, were separated by officials as a brawl almost broke out.
Seth had also referenced The Rock’s recent appointment to the board of directors for WWE parent company TKO earlier in the conference, as the lines were blurred between fiction and reality.
Triple H has announced Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes for the WrestleMania 40 main event (Picture: WWE)
In the aforementioned backstage video after the event, Dwayne told WWE boss Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque that he need to ‘fix this’, as he and Roman left with Paul Heyman, suggesting an unlikely alliance.
Moments later, Triple H tweeted: ‘Decision made. @CodyRhodes gets the chance to finish his story when he challenges @WWERomanReigns in the main event of #WrestleMania XL.’
There is likely to be more twists in the tale, with The Rock sure to be involved in a big way as the build continues to April’s huge doubleheader.
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