Cody Rhodes was always WWE’s choice to win the Royal Rumble if the Rock plan didn’t materialize

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There was a lot of speculation that the Rock could headline WrestleMania 39 against Roman Reigns. Though WWE had put in a lot of effort to get the Rock for the mega event, the plan did not materialize due to the Hollywood star’s busy schedule and movie commitments. 

However, there was also speculation about Cody Rhodes winning the Royal Rumble. And it did happen as the American Nightmare entered at the number 30 spot to script the historic win. Speaking on the Wrestling Observer, Dave Meltzer explained that WWE had always thought of Cody Rhodes to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 if they could not get the Rock. There was a belief that Sami Zayn could also be headlining WrestleMania but it was ruled out. 

“That is the plan or at least was the plan as of Wednesday or Thursday … whether they will change it or not … even when we were talking about I already knew it was not Roman and Sami at WrestleMania which is probably why they didn’t talk about it so much last week … guess we’ll find out I haven’t heard anything tonight you know one way or the other … and if it is going to change, it wouldn’t be tonight anyway … it would probably be before TV on Monday if they were going to make a change in direction, and they may not because once you have that kind of Rumble win … kinda like the rule thumb is that the guy is got to get the shot … I mean that was the long-term decision they went with you know … they wanted Dwayne and, obviously there was the Austin talk, but it was … Cody was always in the mix, I mean, I was always told if it’s not Dwayne, It’s going to be Cody … you know, for the match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania.”

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