Rock had his last true hurrah in his three-year storyline with John Cena that spanned three installments of WrestleMania from 2011 to 2013. He put the franchise player over and raised his hand in the end, effectively passing the torch.
Anything after that for The Brahma Bull would have been the icing on the cake. His quick squash win over Erick Rowan at WrestleMania 32 was a pleasant surprise, but he hasn’t competed otherwise because he can’t afford getting hurt due to his Hollywood commitments.
If Rock vs. Reigns was going to happen, it would have years ago. They can still make money together in 2023, but that ship sailed earlier this year when they couldn’t come up with something unprecedented for the feud, per Rock in his interview with Pat McAfee.
In short, he has nothing left to prove. Beating Rock would only add to Reigns’ already-iconic legacy, but the focus now should be on making more stars and cementing Rhodes as the full-time face of WWE.
The company has one chance to produce a monumental moment with whoever unseats Reigns as champion after almost four years. Rhodes checks all the boxes, and WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia is the place to pull the trigger.
Rock vs. Reigns does not need a title on the line, and WWE can hold off until WrestleMania 41 if it so chooses. Regardless of whether that family affair materializes or not, Rhodes vs. Reigns is the WrestleMania main event that will actually alter the landscape forever.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham “GSM” Matthews, has specialized in sports and entertainment writing since 2010. Visit his website, WrestleRant, and subscribe to his YouTube channel for more wrestling-related content.
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