The wrestling world is abuzz after The Rock’s scathing remarks about Cody Rhodes fans, whom he dubbed “Cody Crybabies.”
Amid the anticipation surrounding The Rock’s return to WWE and his rumoured matchup against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40, another storyline has captured the attention of fans: the absence of Cody Rhodes from the main event picture.
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This unexpected twist has led to a wave of criticism online, prompting The Rock to address the controversy head-on during an appearance on the Pat McAfee show.
During the interview, The Rock affectionately expressed his admiration for Cody Rhodes but drew a clear distinction between Rhodes’ genuine fans and what he termed “Cody crybabies.”
“I love Cody. I love his passionate fans. Then there’s the other passionate fans of Cody, and they’re called the Cody crybabies,“ Rock said.
Reflecting on the fervent response, The Rock humorously illustrated the intensity of these fans’ demands. “It was the Cody crybabies,” Rock remarked. “These are grown-ass men (starts typing) Cody’s gotta finish his story. He has to finish his story now, it’s like wait a second, hold on. Dad, you want to go outside and play catch with me? Not now, Cody’s gotta finish it and I’m upset. The wife comes in. ‘Hey honey, do you wanna go have sex? Not now I’m finishing the story!”
Acknowledging the diverse landscape of fandom, The Rock emphasised the distinction between different segments. “At the end of the day, look. You’ve got the Cody crybabies and you have the Cody fans and then you have Cody himself and there’s a clear distinction between the three,” Rock asserted.
In a lighthearted but pointed conclusion, The Rock playfully addressed the vocal critics with a dose of humour. “Those Cody crybabies, the ones with every 10 tweets they’re shoving a chicken McNugget in their mouth. For every 20 tweets they’re shoving two McNuggets up their ass, The Rock says this. All you gotta do is sit back, know your role, shut your mouth, and enjoy the ride that The Rock is gonna take your candy asses on.”
Adding a touch of WWE flair, The Rock wrapped up his remarks with a series of hashtags. “So hashtag that. Hashtag shut your b**** asses up. Hashtag Cody Crybabies,” Rock quipped. He then concluded, “That’s the fun part of what we do. That’s wrestling. That’s pro wrestling. That’s WWE, and it’s awesome, and I can’t wait for this afternoon at T-Mobile.”
Rock humorously depicted these critics as overly invested individuals who prioritise Rhodes’ storyline over all else, to the point of neglecting personal matters.
Despite the playful tone, The Rock’s message was straightforward: sit back, enjoy the show, and refrain from unnecessary complaints.
In a characteristically bold fashion, The Rock concluded his promo with a series of hashtags aimed at silencing the dissenting voices.
He emphasised the entertainment value of professional wrestling and encouraged fans to embrace the spectacle rather than nitpick the storyline details.
Well, if The Rock is serious about his position, then he’ll need to add current World Heavyweight Champion Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins to the opposition.
During an appearance on Good Morning Football, Rollins said: “We don’t need ya. We’d love to have ya, but we don’t need ya, big guy.
“He can come in, he can get what he wants, he can take his little piece and then he can go back to Hollywood and do his thing because we got this thing,” Rollins continued.
The timing of The Rock’s remarks coincides with the WWE WrestleMania 40 Press Conference in Las Vegas, where he, along with Cody Rhodes, Roman Reigns, and other stars, is set to make an appearance.
This event is expected to provide further insight into the WrestleMania match-ups and storylines leading up to the grand event, including an unexpected meetup between former rugby league player Jordan Mailata, who currently plays American football as an offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.
Ahead of our historic double-header in Las Vegas, Jordan Mailata hung out with The Rock to talk all things footy and road-test the exclusive game ball for the Super Bowl.
The debate over Cody Rhodes’ absence from the WrestleMania 40 main event has intensified in recent days, with fans expressing disappointment and frustration over the sudden change in direction.
It’s a change that echoes what happened to CM Punk in 2012 when The Rock defeated him for the WWE Championship to main event WrestleMania 27 against John Cena.
Rhodes’ gracious response on social media has done little to quell the backlash, as supporters continue to rally behind him with the #WeWantCody movement.
As tensions escalate, the WWE WrestleMania 40 Press Conference in Las Vegas promises to shed light on the evolving narrative and set the stage for what is shaping up to be a memorable event or real-life American Nightmare.
Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? Or are you not flinching with the rest of the ‘Codyverse’ chanting #WeWantCody!