WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff has shared his honest thoughts on Cody Rhodes losing at WrestleMania 39.
The result of the Cody Rhodes vs Roman Reigns WWE Undisputed Universal Championship WrestleMania main event was a controversial one, with Solo Sikoa interfering to help Reigns retain his gold.
Many fans were outraged at the result, believing that WrestleMania 39 was the perfect occasion to dethrone Reigns, and crown Rhodes.
Speaking with Jon Chuckery, Bischoff noted that he believes having Reigns will was the right move, providing WWE has a plan:
“I think it’s absolutely the right decision. Having Cody chase that title, yes. If, giant ‘if’ fluorescent colors, fireworks, or anything else you can think of to draw attention to the word ‘if’ in this context; if they have a plan.
“Look at what they did with The Bloodline storyline. That was a phenomenal storyline from a storyteller’s point of view.
“The character development, the art of each of the characters, the layers in the story, the defined arc within that story, all of it was as good as anything I’ve ever seen in professional wrestling.
“From a technical point of view. I thought it was amazing, really amazing.
“Now, if they can, however, they ended up with that incredible storyline, six months, eight months leading up to WrestleMania, whoever that team was, if they can replicate anything close to that level of success over the next 12 months, that is absolutely the best decision.
“On the other hand, if they don’t have a really great plan, then it could be a lost opportunity, but we won’t know until we know.”
Roman Reigns returned to SmackDown on Friday’s show, making his first appearance for the brand since WrestleMania.
Here are results from the Friday, May 12 episode of WWE SmackDown:
AJ Styles def. Edge, Rey Mysterio in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Bobby Lashley def. Austin Theory, Sheamus in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Grayson Waller appeared in a backstage segment with Adam Pearce and announced the winner of the Styles vs Lashley main event would appear on his Grayson Waller Effect talk show next week
Cameron Grimes def. Baron Corbin
Roman Reigns made his first appearance since WrestleMania 39 and said that Solo Sikoa has stepped up, but the Usos are a problem and that they embarrassed him
Paul Heyman then announced Reigns and Sikoa would be challenging Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez def. Bayley & Dakota Kai to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Former NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly made their SmackDown debut backstage, setting up a match against the Brawling Brutes for next week
Bianca Belair appeared for a ‘celebration’ in her hometown of Knoxville, but was interrupted by a returning Asuka who spat mist in Belair’s face
AJ Styles def. Bobby Lashley in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
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