WWE WrestleMania XL(40) 2024

WWE WrestleMania 40

WWE WrestleMania 40 is the 40th edition of WrestleMania series by WWE which is considered the biggest pro-wrestling event of the year. The show is scheduled to take place over two nights on April 6, 2024, and April 7, 2024, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. This is the second time that WrestleMania is taking place in Philadelphia as WrestleMania 15 took place at First Union Center(now called Wells Fargo Center) in 1999.

Promotion: World Wrestling Entertainment
Date: April 6 & 7, 2024
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field
Start Time: Pre-show – 6 pm ET, Main Show – 7 pm ET
Network: Peacock
Broadcast Type: Live

Roman Reigns(c) vs Cody RhodesWWE Championship
Iyo Sky(c) vs BayleyWWE Women’s Championship
Rhea Ripley(c) vs Becky LynchWomen’s World Championship
Seth Rollins(c) vs Drew McIntyreWorld Heavyweight Championship

Universal/WWE Championship: When Cody Rhodes came to WWE in 2022, he said he had returned to win the WWE Championship which was taken away from his father Dusty Rhodes in 1978 at Madison Square Garden. He won the men’s Royal Rumble 2023 and earned the right to challenge for Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns. His match at WrestleMania became his chance to “finish his story”, but he failed to beat Roman after outside interferences from The Bloodline. The Rock, former WWE Champion turned Hollywood star and entrepreneur, made an appearance on January 1’s Day 1 special RAW episode and asked if the fans wanted to see him sit at the Head of the Table – a reference to Roman’s Head of the Table moniker. He was later appointed to WWE Board of Directors on January 23, 2024. Cody won men’s Royal Rumble 2024 also and pointed towards Roman Reigns, signaling he would challenge him once again. However, on the following RAW episode, World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins tried to convince him to choose him to challenge at WrestleMania as his title is the workhorse title and termed the Universal title as the “Hollywood title” due to Roman not defending it often. Cody replied that he would think about it. On SmackDown February 2 episode, Cody confronted Roman and said his title was the one that was taken away from his father and his story would only finish by winning this title. Then, Cody added that he got counsel from many legends and someone very close to Roman, and that he would finish his story but not at WrestleMania. The Rock then made his entrance. Cody and The Rock hugged before Cody left the ring looking dejected. The Rock and Roman Reigns, real-life cousins, had a face off in the ring to close the show. The online wrestling community got behind Cody with “#WeWantCody” trending for days. WWE held WrestleMania Kickoff event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, on February 8. Rollins once again pitched his idea of Cody choosing him to face at WrestleMania XL before Roman said Cody had missed his chance and he had chosen to face The Rock at WrestleMania. The Rock also came out to present Ano’ai Mavia Family Tree and said that Roman vs The Rock is the biggest WrestleMania match of all time. They shook hands to agree to a match. Cody then came out and said it was not Roman’s choice to decide who he faces at WrestleMania. Cody then announced that he had decided to face Roman. Cody also said that neither Roman nor Rock had done any cooking for the last two years and their grandfather would be ashamed of them for casting Cody out of the WrestleMania main event like this. The Rock then stepped up and said Cody had disrespected his family. The Rock then slapped Cody. Seth Rollins got into The Rock’s face before Triple H, Nick Aldis and Adam Pearce tried to keep the situation from escalating further. Backstage, The Rock interrupted Triple H’s interview, brought up Cody insulting his family and told him to fix things. Triple H replied that Rock went out of the line. The Rock once again told Triple H to fix things or they would take matters into their own hands. Triple H tweeted and confirmed Roman Reigns vs Cody Rhodes match for WWE Championship as the main event of WrestleMania XL. On SmackDown February 9 episode, Triple H said it does not matter who sits at the Head of Table, but the decisions in WWE would only come through him.

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley formed Damage CTRL stable upon her return from an injury at SummerSlam 2022 with Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai. Iyo won women’s Money in the Bank ladder match in July 2023 in London. She cashed in the MITB briefcase against Bianca Belair to win WWE Women’s title. Kairi Sane joined the group in November 2023 when she returned to WWE. Asuka also joined the group a week later, reuniting with her former tag team partner Sane. Iyo, Asuka, Sane and Bayley faced Team Bianca in women’s War Games match at Survivor Series 2023 where Bayley was the one to be pinned to lose the match. Soon, the Japanese trio of Iyo, Asuka and Sane started sidelining Bayley from the major decisions and discussions of the group, and even stopped helping her out in matches. Bayley, however, helped out the group on important occasions. Bayley also envisioned that The Kabuki Warriors(Asuka & Sane) would win Women’s Tag Team titles and that she would win the women’s Royal Rumble 2024 to go on to win Women’s World Championship. Bayley did win the Royal Rumble match, making a record for the longest time a women’s Rumble match. She was about to make a decision on RAW January 29 episode for WrestleMania XL opponent when Nia Jax attacked Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and scared Bayley away. Bayley said she would announce her decision on SmackDown February 2 episode. On that night, Bayley found Iyo, Sane and Asuka laughing about her backstage with Iyo even saying “Bayley would be finished tonight”. Bayley confronted Iyo about this in the ring before The Kabuki Warriors attacked her. Bayley fought back before announcing that she was chosing to face Iyo at WrestleMania.

Women’s World Championship: After Bayley chose to face Iyo Sky at WrestleMania, WWE announced that the challenger for Women’s World Championship would be determined via Elimination Chamber match. Becky Lynch won the chamber match to set up her title shot at WrestleMania.

World Heavyweight Championship: After it was cleared that Cody Rhodes had chosen to face Roman Reigns, WWE announced that challenger for World Heavyweight Championship would be determined via Elimination Chamber match. Drew McIntyre won the chamber match to get the title shot.

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