WrestleMania 40: The Rock, John Cena involved in ‘best’ WWE event

(BBC)Fans watching WrestleMania were thrilled as iconic WWE characters returned for the company’s biggest box office event.

The Rock, John Cena and The Undertaker were in the ring for the two-day show, which saw Cody Rhodes end Roman Reigns’ three-year title streak on Sunday.

Viewers described being left “speechless” by the Philadelphia event.

WWE’s chief content officer Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque said it was “the biggest WrestleMania of all time”.

The Rock, also a board member of TKO – the company formed when WWE merged with UFC – said Saturday night was the “highest selling single night” in the history of WWE.

Before his defeat, Roman Reigns also confirmed his ongoing treatment for leukaemia.

Roman was first diagnosed almost 20 years ago and told reporters he is on oral chemotherapy which he says he expects to remain on “my entire life”.

He previously announced in 2018 he was taking a break for treatment, before returning to the company in 2019.

“That’s just a part of my personal battle,” the 38-year-old said. “Thank God, I’m still able to perform.”

But he was beaten by Cody Rhodes in the culmination of the bloodline saga – one of WWE’s biggest storylines – and Cody says “what we do next has to be extremely special”.

The Rock, real name Dwayne Johnson, made his return to the event, which was held in Philadelphia, more than 25 years after his wrestling debut.

He partnered with Roman Reigns to take on Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins in a tag-team match in the main event of the first night.

At 51, “he’s still moving like a cruiser-weight,” says fan Joe Clarkson, 22.

“I thought he was absolutely fantastic and can clearly still run a main event scene in the WWE,” says Joe.

“Considering all the build-up that went into this and him not performing since 2016, a lot of pressure was on his shoulders to deliver and that main event was absolutely fantastic.

“It was 45 minutes of pure cinema.”

Fans took to social media to praise him, with one on X saying “The Rock is the GOAT of WWE” and another commenting that his entrance to the ring was “the greatest” in history.

Getty Images/WWE Cody Rhodes holds the winner's belt aloft after his victory. Cody is a 38-year-old white man with bleached blonde hair. He wears red, white and blue trousers and is shirtless, exposing his muscles. He's pictured surrounded by the WrestleMania audience in front of the event staging, which is lit green.

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