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The Rock, Reigns defeat Rhodes and Rollins at WrestleMania 40

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Bloodline features the family of one of the greatest wrestling families of all time. And it was on display on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia.

The Rock and Roman Reigns defeated Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins in the main event of the first of two nights during the biggest event in wrestling of the year. With the win, the Reigns and Rhodes main event on Sunday night will be “Bloodline Rules.”

Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns (Photo by WWE)

As a result, Rhodes will attempt to finish the storyline with all the odds against him. Not only could The Rock be ringside and used, the other members of The Bloodline could also interfere in the match and the referee cannot do anything about it.

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Rhodes and Rollins had previously won their battles with The Bloodline in house shows. They first won their match against Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, Illinois on March 23rd.

The following night, Rhodes and Rollins won again against the same Bloodline members. This time; however, it was at a house show at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois.

Rhodes and Rollins were a combined 4-0 against Uso and Sikoa leading up to this WrestleMania. The previous wins two wins came at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana on March 9th, then the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 10th.

The Rock made his first match appearance in eight years as he defeated Erick Rowan at WrestleMania 32 in six seconds. It was his first long match since April 2013 when John Cena defeated The Rock to win the Championship at WrestleMania XXIX at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The former Champion said that this storyline could lead to not only a return now but into the future. Does that mean a main event with Reigns in the future? We’ll have to see how the storyline goes.

The original plan for WrestleMania 40 was to have Reigns and The Rock main event it. However, due to backlash from the fans, the storyline changed.

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“There were talks two years ago that I would return at WrestleMania 39,” The Rock said in the Media Scrum after the match. “It dove-tailed into that and it was a nice story. It didn’t shake out how we anticipated and that’s ok. I had said back then to the people that we were negotiating with that maybe it’s time to put the pencils down and revisit when it feels right. I think from when we put the pencils down a year and a half to two years ago before WrestleMania 39 and the clear shift of the selling of the company, it made a holistic look at doing WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia with a lot of things coming together. Sure, with the agreement and deal, I’m not worrying about that. 

“My thoughts were could I come back and add real value this time around? And not, coming back for hot shots (one night), it’s fun. It’s fun for the fans. But I wanted something more substantial, something we could build upon. These past 2-3 months, I think we have been laying the groundwork not only for building for WrestleMania this weekend but beyond that. I think building for the future and what that could look like.”

This was just Reigns’ second match of the year. He previously competed at the Royal Rumble when he won a Fatal Four Way for the WWE Universal Championship when he defeated AJ Styles, LA Knight, and Randy Orton.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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