SmackDown ended last night (Feb. 2) with Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes pausing his pursuit of the WWE Universal championship so Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson can main event WrestleMania 40 with Roman Reigns.
Wrestling fans online have been in a state ever since.
Not everyone, of course. The angle has its supporters and defenders, and WWE has time to win over those that are on the fence... and maybe even some of those that hate it today.
They're definitely going to promote the hell out it. Toward that end, here's the info for the Reigns/Rock (and more!) press conference coming our way on Thurs., Feb. 8:
The Rock and Roman Reigns set for iconic face-off at WrestleMania XL Kickoff!
STAMFORD, Conn., February 3, 2024 –WWE, part of TKO Group Holdings (NYSE: TKO), today announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Roman Reigns will face off at an open-to-the-public fan and media event – WrestleMania XL Kickoff – live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Thursday, February 8 at 4 p.m. PT.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. PT. This non-ticketed event, delivered by Pizza Hut, is free for all to attend.
Fans and media will hear from both The Rock and Roman Reigns, as well as WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque. Onsite interview opportunities for media will immediately follow the event with both participants, Cody Rhodes, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley.
Building on the anticipation for the already-record-breaking WrestleMania XL, Thursday’s event will be hosted by Monday Night Raw commentators Michael Cole and Pat McAfee, and stream live on WWE social and digital channels as well as Peacock.
VIP experiences for WrestleMania XL Kickoff through exclusive partner On Location are available for purchase at https://onlocationexp.com/wrestlemaniaxlkickoff.
WrestleMania XL takes place across two nights on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET live from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and stream live on Peacock in the U.S.
Based on the online reaction to last night's closing segment, and the ongoing Vince McMahon sex abuse scandal that became the focus of the post-Royal Rumble presser, this should be a very interesting afternoon in Vegas -- especially for the main eventer who's also a member of the TKO Board of Directors.