Appearing as a guest on The Pat McAfee Show, The Rock confirmed he will be competing at WrestleMania while describing his game plan to prepare.
Speaking on the possibility of facing Roman Reigns, a match that has not been confirmed as of time of writing but certainly appears to be in the works following a recent segment on SmackDown, Rock stated:
“When I do go back to the ring at WrestleMania, the most important thing is the training camp, which has already started. I have multiple rings set up. Over in Hawaii, I have a ring set up. I have a ring set up on the west coast. We’re full on in camp.
From the second Roman Reigns said years ago, ‘I’m the head of the table and I’m the head of this bloodline,’ that’s when our story began. It’s converging now. It’s converging to WrestleMania. I understand the passion, which we are going to address.”
When asked if he expected the reaction that fans have given since, which includes “We Want Cody” trending over the weekend on social media, Rock acknowledged the company looking to keep their “finger on the pulse” before adding:
“Ultimately, what the fans want, and what they’re saying, and sometimes, oftentimes, as you guys know, in sports and entertainment and anywhere, regardless of the vertical of business you’re in, there is a wave of noise that happens right out of the gate that you want to pause for a second, let’s not make any rash decisions, let’s wait to see how it all shakes out and see from there. It was just a matter of waiting. Now, was not surprised at it, I did expect it.
Here is the fun part about this, I’ve known Cody for a long time. He’s a buddy of mine. Dusty Rhodes and my dad used to team together in Florida, we used to go to the Rhodes house all the time when I was growing up. We’re tight in that way. I love Cody, I love his passionate fans.”
The former WWE Champion, known for his often scathing promos during his heyday, proceeded to cut one (at least partly in jest) on fans he referred to as “Cody crybabies”:
“At the end of the day, you have the Cody crybabies and the Cody fans and Cody himself. There is a clear distinction between the three. The Rock says this, the Cody crybabies, for every ten tweets, they’re shoving a chicken McNugget in their mouth, every 20 tweets they’re shoving two McNuggets up their a–.
The Rock says this, all you have to do is sit back, know your role, shut your mouth, and enjoy the ride the Rock is going to take your candy a– on. Hashtag that. Hashtag, shut your b—h a–es up, hashtag Cody crybabies. That’s the fun part of what we do. It’s awesome.”
The Rock, Cody Rhodes, and Roman Reigns are set to be a part of the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff press conference starting at 7 PM Eastern on 2/8.