Cody Rhodes Thinks 3/8 WWE SmackDown Is When The Rock Saw Who He Was As A Player

Cody Rhodes reflects on the build to WrestleMania XL.

On the March 8 episode of WWE SmackDown, Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins came through the crowd to confront The Rock & Roman Reigns, officially accepting their tag team match for WrestleMania XL. One month prior, Cody stepped aside and seemingly passed off his WrestleMania match against Roman to The Rock, but an audible was called based on fan reaction to go with Cody vs. Roman at WrestleMania Sunday and the tag team match at WrestleMania Saturday.

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Speaking to Jimmy Traina on the SI Media Podcast, Cody was asked if there was a moment that stood out to him on the build up to WrestleMania, and he recalled the March 8th episode of WWE SmackDown.

"There was a moment, in the ring, live, happening in real time where Seth and I came down through the people to confront the Tribal Chief and Final Boss. I got a big kick out of seeing them see us. I've given a lot of respect to The Rock, and will certainly continue to do so, but I think he didn't know who I was as a player. I think in the moment, he saw, 'Geez, they're all doing the WOAH. He's signing autographs on the way down here.' It's a different type of individual than perhaps he maybe saw a picture online or one clip. We base so much off GIFs and social media. That moment, right before I slapped him, and I brought that slap, that moment was a nice moment amongst myself and Seth and our place in all this," said Cody.

Cody slapping The Rock was a return of favor from The Rock slapping Cody at the WrestleMania XL Kickoff event, which is when the audible ran and the play was called to have Cody vs. Roman at WrestleMania XL Sunday.

The Rock confronted Cody on the Raw After Mania and said their story is not finished.

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