Friday, February 23

Clash Unlikely For Elimination Chamber in Australia

The Rock vs. Roman Reigns, if it happens, won’t be taking place at Elimination Chamber. This is a WrestleMania match.

Highlights

  • WWE is dismissing the idea of Roman Reigns versus The Rock happening at any event other than WrestleMania.
  • The rumors of a Reigns vs. Rock match at Elimination Chamber in Australia are not accurate.
  • This development raises questions about Cody Rhodes and his storyline, as it’s unclear if he will have a title match at WrestleMania or if Roman Reigns will continue to hold the title for a long time.


Any rumors that WWE might be thinking about Roman Reigns versus The Rock ahead of WrestleMania 40 won’t be surprised to learn that WWE is squashing the idea of holding that match on any premium live event that isn’t their annual Showcase of the Immortals event. In the ongoing saga of a potential clash between The Head of the Table and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, recent developments cast doubt on the rumored scenario at Elimination Chamber in Australia.

Following The Rock’s appearance on the New Year’s Day episode of Raw, speculation surged about when the much-anticipated rumored matchup would occur. Some fans, invested in Cody Rhodes resuming his storyline against Reigns at WrestleMania 40, hoped for a Reigns vs. Rock showdown at Elimination Chamber in Perth, with a subsequent rematch against Rhodes in Philadelphia. That’s not likely.

Roman Reigns Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Raw March 20, 2023 Cropped

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Dave Meltzer’s sources, those who want the match early to appease Rhodes will be disappointed. Meltzer wrote:

Regarding the Reigns vs. Rock match, while I presume it’s WrestleMania (and could possibly be a three-way with Rhodes but I don’t think that will come out until many weeks from now), what we did have confirmed is the Australia rumors aren’t accurate. Reigns is not even scheduled for the show. He’s never been advertised and there are no plans for him for that date right now.

It makes sense that WWE wouldn’t put this high-profile of a match on anything but their highest-profile show. To not have The Rock vs. Reigns at WrestleMania would seem like a squandered opportunity, especially if The Rock was willing and available.


What About Cody Rhodes And Finishing His Story?

This development raises questions about Cody Rhodes and the trajectory of his storyline. Can he maintain momentum until WrestleMania 41 to conclude his narrative? Or, will WWE drop the idea of him capturing the title altogether? If they go with Cody winning from Reigns at WrestleMania 41, does that mean Roman holds onto the the title for another 420 days?

The alternative for Cody might be wrestle for the title at SummerSlam. He’s already been in the main event of WrestleMania. It might not be necessary to run that match back just to have him win on the grandest stage of them all. So too, it might be a lot to ask of the WWE Universe to stay invested in Reigns’ title run if he’s rarely on programming and not defending the championship.

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