WrestleMania 40 Night 1 preview: The Rock makes in-ring return for crucial tag-team match

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WrestleMania 40 descends connected Philadelphia opening connected Saturday nighttime successful what’s expected to beryllium the biggest WWE premium unrecorded lawsuit successful the company’s history.

WrestleMania volition instrumentality spot astatine Lincoln Financial Field – the location of the Philadelphia Eagles. The upwind is expected to beryllium cleared up aft rainfall swamped the Northeast for overmuch of the week.

WWE’s main contented officer, Paul "Triple H" Levesque, revealed the paper for the archetypal nighttime of WrestleMania earlier successful the week. One lucifer volition person implications for Night 2 and determination volition beryllium 3 matches with title implications.

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Here’s what fans tin expect.

Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns & The Rock

The Rock confronts Cody Rhodes

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Cody Rhodes look disconnected connected signifier during the WWE Wrestlemania XL Kickoff connected Feb. 8, 2024, astatine T-Mobile Arena successful Las Vegas. (Louis Grasse/PXimages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The way to the biggest tag-team lucifer successful WWE past was filled with jagged stones.

Cody Rhodes won the Royal Rumble lucifer for the 2nd twelvemonth successful a row, conceivably mounting up a rematch with Roman Reigns astatine WrestleMania 40 for the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship. A wrench was thrown into that program erstwhile The Rock came backmost to WWE and challenged Reigns for the title to acceptable up what whitethorn person been a large event.

Seth Rollins adjacent made the lawsuit for Rhodes to combat him for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Rollins won earlier successful the twelvemonth to go the apical canine connected RAW. But adjacent arsenic it appeared Rhodes was going to walk the torch to The Rock, swelling instrumentality enactment influenced "The American Nightmare" to look disconnected against Reigns for the title.

At the WrestleMania 40 kickoff successful Las Vegas, the 4 men confronted each other, mounting the signifier for the tag-team match. The Rock slapped Rhodes crossed the look and the 2 sides had to beryllium breached up.

In the days after, The Rock has since acknowledged Reigns arsenic his Tribal Chief, has beaten up Rhodes connected 2 antithetic occasions, and laid down a stipulation for their match. If helium and Reigns win, past Night 2’s title lucifer volition beryllium a Bloodline Rules Match.

Three of the 4 competitors volition beryllium progressive successful Night 2 and, if The Rock and Reigns win, past each 4 mightiness person to propulsion treble work successful Philly.

Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch faces disconnected  against Rhea Ripley

Becky Lynch meets Rhea Ripley connected signifier during the WWE Wrestlemania XL Kickoff connected Feb. 8, 2024, astatine T-Mobile Arena successful Las Vegas. (Louis Grasse/PXimages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Rhea Ripley main-evented WrestleMania 39 Night 1 and claimed the women’s title from Charlotte Flair. After much than a twelvemonth arsenic champion, she volition support the RAW women’s rubric against Becky Lynch.

Ripley and Lynch are astatine the apical of their games. Ripley has annihilated astir each pistillate rival successful her path, including Nia Jax successful her location state astatine Elimination Chamber successful February. Lynch besides had to get done Jax aft winning the Elimination Chamber Match arsenic Jax was unhappy with the effect successful the days aft the premium unrecorded event.

Weeks of trash talking culminated successful Lynch confronting Ripley connected "The MMA Hour" and past a brawl connected the last "Monday Night Raw" earlier ‘Mania. It’s harmless to accidental things person been highly heated betwixt the apical stars.

It could genuinely beryllium the archetypal section of a long-lasting feud.

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Gunther (c) vs. Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn successful  Houston

Sami Zayn talks to the assemblage aft winning his lucifer during WWE Monday Night RAW astatine Toyota Center connected March 11, 2024, successful Houston, Texas. (Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

Gunther has held the Intercontinental Championship for much than 400 days, but his reign could travel to an extremity against a determined Sami Zayn. Both competitors had winning moments astatine WrestleMania 39, with Gunther defending his rubric against Sheamus and Drew McIntyre portion Zayn and Kevin Owens won the Undisputed Tag Team Championship from The Usos.

Gunther has been ascendant since WrestleMania 39, consistently defending his rubric against the likes of The Miz, Kofi Kingston and Chad Gable, among others. But Zayn appears bare to drawback immoderate gold.

It’s been a agelong clip since Zayn near The Bloodline and got retired of the crosshairs of Reigns. He earned his changeable astatine Gunther’s rubric successful a gauntlet, topping Gable, Bronson Reed, Shinsuke Nakamura, Ricochet and JD McDonagh. He besides has azygous wins implicit Ivar and Nakamura implicit the past month.

It volition each travel to a caput connected Saturday night.

Jey Uso vs. Jimmy Uso

Jey Uso talks

Jey Uso talks to the assemblage during WWE Monday Night RAW astatine Toyota Center connected March 11, 2024, successful Houston. (Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

The combat betwixt Jey and Jimmy Uso has been a agelong clip coming. It’s been a agelong mates of months for some brothers arsenic Jey near The Bloodline and Jimmy solidified himself down Reigns and Solo Sikoa. Both brothers defended Reigns and Sikoa successful a Bloodline Civil War tag-team lucifer astatine Money successful the Bank.

But Jimmy’s look tally would travel to an extremity astatine SummerSlam erstwhile Jimmy pulled Jey retired of the ringing arsenic helium was astir to pin Reigns to triumph their Tribal Combat match. Jey went connected the adjacent occurrence of SmackDown, superkicking the Bloodline and walking disconnected the brand. He aboriginal revealed helium would beryllium joining RAW and trying to marque amends to those helium wronged portion successful the faction.

Jimmy continued to beryllium a thorn successful the broadside of the SmackDown roster, portion Jey would concisely go tag-team champion with Rhodes.

With Rhodes turning his attraction to the Bloodline, Jey Uso aligned himself with him. Jimmy would insert himself into Jey’s lucifer against Gunther, costing him a changeable astatine the Intercontinental Championship.

Naturally, lone a lucifer could settee the people betwixt the two.

6-Pack ladder lucifer for tag squad titles

Damian Priest vs R-Truth

Damian Priest, right, wrestles R-Truth during WWE Monday Night RAW astatine Toyota Center connected March 11, 2024, successful Houston. (Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

Tag teams and ladder matches person ever been an epic combination. But with 2 sets of tag-team titles connected the enactment and six antithetic teams gunning for the championships, thing could truly happen.

"Monday Night Raw" announcer Michael Cole said the lucifer volition extremity erstwhile some belts are taken down from the apical of the ring. It could mean the Judgment Day – led by Finn Balor and Damian Priest whitethorn not beryllium undisputed champions by the extremity of the night.

Here are the tag-team competitors successful the match: The Miz & R-Truth, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller, Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate and Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa.

Jade Cargill, Naomi & Bianca Belair vs. Damage CTRL

Kairi Sane and Asuka squad  up

Kairi Sane and Asuka participate the ringing during WWE Monday Night RAW astatine Toyota Center connected March 11, 2024, successful Houston. (Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

Damage CTRL appears to beryllium astatine a crossroads arsenic it heads into WrestleMania weekend. Iyo Sky volition support her women’s title against Bayley successful Night 2 aft Sky, Dakota Kati, Kairi Sane and Asuka booted Bayley retired of the Damage CTRL faction.

But portion Sky focuses her attraction connected Bayley, the remainder of the radical volition present person to instrumentality connected Bianca Belair, Naomi and Jade Cargill. Belair has been dealing with members of Damage CTRL for astir 2 years and volition person immoderate backup.

Naomi past appeared astatine WrestleMania 38 Night 2 with Sasha Banks arsenic they won a fatal four-way tag match. Cargill is making her archetypal WrestleMania appearance.

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Rey Mysterio & Andrade vs. Santos Escobar & Dominik Mysterio

Dominik Mysterio stretches Rey Mysterio

Dominik Mysterio wrestles Rey Mysterio during WrestleMania Goes Hollywood astatine SoFi Stadium connected April 1, 2023, successful Inglewood, California. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Rey and Dominik Mysterio had an epic lucifer astatine WrestleMania 39 with the elder WWE fable taking retired the subordinate of The Judgment Day. It appeared that their feud was connected the shelf arsenic Rey was recovering from a torn meniscus and Dominik was trying to support the Judgment Day together.

But implicit the past fewer weeks, Dominik has aligned himself with Santos Escobar and the remainder of Legado Del Fantasma. Rey returned to squad with the LWO. Last week connected "Friday Night SmackDown," helium demanded a tag-team lucifer against his lad and Escobar. He brought retired Dragon Lee to spouse with him.

On "Friday Night SmackDown," Lee was attacked by an chartless assailant earlier Zelina Vega had a lucifer with Elektra Lopez. Rey walked Vega and Escobar, Dominik and Andrade accompanied Lopez to the ring. After Lopez won the match, Escobar and Dominik bushed down Rey. Andrade refused and turned connected Escobar and Dominik.

Andrade signaled helium was acceptable to squad up with Rey and helium replaced Lee.

Ryan Gaydos is simply a elder exertion for Fox News Digital.

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