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The Rock, Roman Reigns Beat Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins at WWE WrestleMania 40

Photo credit: WWE.com Undisputed WWE universal champion Roman Reigns and The Rock defeated Cody Rhodes and world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins in a tag team match on Night 1 of WrestleMania 40 on Saturday night. By virtue of Reigns and The Rock winning, Sunday’s Night 2 main event between Reigns and Rhodes will be wrestled

The Rock, Roman Reigns Beat Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins at WWE WrestleMania 40

Picture credit score: WWE.com

Undisputed WWE common champion Roman Reigns and The Rock defeated Cody Rhodes and world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins in a tag staff match on Evening 1 of WrestleMania 40 on Saturday night time.

By advantage of Reigns and The Rock profitable, Sunday’s Evening 2 major occasion between Reigns and Rhodes shall be wrestled beneath Bloodline Guidelines, that means something goes.

This match wasn’t quick on notable moments, beginning with The Rock’s entrance:

WWE @WWE

The FINAL BOSS of #WrestleMania.@TheRock has come again to Philadelphia to staff with @WWERomanReigns towards @CodyRhodes & @WWERollins within the largest tag staff match in @WrestleMania historical past! pic.twitter.com/z1sMsm9asR

The Rock formally made his return to the ring after eight years after Reigns tagged him in to face Rollins:

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EIGHT YEARS IN THE MAKING.@TheRock is again within a WWE ring competing at #WrestleMania XL! pic.twitter.com/1QIbnz0oM3

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Some mid-match shenanigans went down, although, when The Rock—in his function as a member of WWE homeowners TKO board of administrators—ordered the referee to not depend anybody out.

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The FINAL BOSS calls for NO referee counting outdoors the ring on this major occasion at #WrestleMania XL! pic.twitter.com/py3cR5mMSN

The Rock additionally received away with a transparent low blow:

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The FINAL BOSS is asking the pictures at #WrestleMania XL as @TheRock continues to combat soiled! pic.twitter.com/t14KxOjd0W

Other than the Rock’s strong-arming of this match, one other recurring storyline was Rollins’ injured left knee, which he clearly favored, particularly after staggering outdoors the ring at one level. That shall be one thing to observe when The Visionary defends his World Heavyweight Champion belt Sunday versus Drew McIntyre.

That additionally got here into play when The Rock put Rollins right into a sharpshooter, which Rhodes broke up with a giant slap:

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Has @TheRock met his match towards @CodyRhodes & @WWERollins at #WrestleMania XL? pic.twitter.com/cza3zlfEDT

Shut calls and massive moments had been there on each side.

Rhodes hit Reigns with a shoulder deal with off the highest rope adopted by a Rollins splash, however that wasn’t adequate:

Reigns and The Rock locked Rhodes in a guillotine, however Rollins broke it up with a Stomp:

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JUST IN TIME!#WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/gV34Vi1myP

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One of many largest moments of all of them occurred when Reigns by chance speared The Rock, resulting in Rollins and Rhodes hitting pedigrees and going for a double pin. Nonetheless, the heel pair received out simply in time:

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ROMAN REIGNS JUST SPEARED THE ROCK!!!!!#WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/YoOt0F6dvJ

All hell began breaking unfastened.

The Rock tried to hit Rhodes with a Rock Backside via the announce desk, however The American Nightmare reversed it and landed considered one of his personal. Quickly afterward, Reigns speared Rollins via the barricade:

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THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE.
THROUGH THE BARRICADE.#WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/Ugifiju9di

It wasn’t meant to be for Rhodes and Rollins, although.

The American Nightmare tried his greatest to complete off Reigns with a pair of Cross Rhodes finishers. He went for a 3rd, however The Rock stopped him in his tracks by slapping him along with his strap.

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Reigns tagged in The Rock, who landed the Rock Backside and Folks’s Elbow for the victory.

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BLOODLINE. RULES.@TheRock simply pinned @CodyRhodes at #WrestleMania XL and tomorrow night time’s major occasion shall be Bloodline Guidelines! pic.twitter.com/RbQPaGAUZF

After Rhodes misplaced to Reigns in the principle occasion of WrestleMania 39 resulting from interference from Solo Sikoa, The American Nightmare spent the subsequent 12 months attempting to get one other shot at The Tribal Chief and the Undisputed WWE Common Championship.

Rhodes gained his second consecutive males’s Royal Rumble match and all indicators pointed towards a WrestleMania rematch with Reigns, however on the primary episode of SmackDown after Royal Rumble, The Rock returned and Rhodes seemingly stepped apart.

At that time it appeared as if WWE was poised to go together with Reigns vs. The Rock at The Present of Reveals, however one other curveball was thrown on the WrestleMania Kickoff press convention in Las Vegas with Cody selecting Reigns as his opponent.

After Rhodes introduced his resolution and each he and Reigns took pictures at one another’s households, The Rock shocked the WWE Universe by slapping Rhodes throughout the face and turning heel within the course of.

The Rock later formally joined The Bloodline and pledged his allegiance to Reigns by acknowledging him as The Tribal Chief.

At Elimination Chamber in Perth, Australia, Rhodes laid down a problem to The Nice One, stating that he wished to face him in a singles match at or earlier than WrestleMania, however Rock had different concepts.

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He made a problem of his personal within the type of himself and Reigns towards Rhodes and Rollins with a particular stipulation. If The Rock and Reigns gained, then Reigns vs. Rhodes can be fought beneath Bloodline Guidelines; but when Rhodes and Rollins gained, then The Bloodline can be barred from getting concerned in Reigns vs. Rhodes.

Whereas Rhodes was on their own in his battle towards Reigns and The Bloodline final 12 months, he gained an unlikely ally this 12 months within the type of Rollins, who was as soon as his largest rival.

Rollins has an extended historical past along with his former Protect stablemate in Reigns, and through the construct towards WrestleMania, he made it clear that he felt taking down Reigns and The Bloodline was obligatory as a way to protect the way forward for the wrestling enterprise.

A win on Evening 1 of WrestleMania probably would have given Rhodes an enormous benefit on Evening 2, however with Reigns and The Rock beating Cody and Rollins, The American Nightmare will virtually definitely should take care of The Bloodline throughout his title match.

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