WWE wants to protect former champion despite having him ‘job’ to top name

Cody Rhodes will be taking on Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

Six days before the biggest match of his life, he had to face Reigns’ cousin Solo Sikoa – a man who has not been pinned in singles action.

While Rhodes won the match and ended Sikoa’s streak, WWE still managed to protect the Samoan superstar. Before the match, Paul Heyman cut a promo saying that Solo’s job was to injure Cody and ensure that he is not 100% by the time he faces Reigns at WrestleMania 39.

Per Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, the company is still protecting Sikoa despite him doing the job to Cody Rhodes. He stated that the angle was planned in a manner that a loss to Rhodes would not harm Sikoa as Heyman made it clear that Solo wasn’t aiming to win.

”That was that. That was, that was basically the way that he could lose. Because they’ve already told you ahead of time he wasn’t trying to win. So it was basically the promo was to protect solo because he was going to do the job,” said Meltzer

WWE WrestleMania 39 is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Below is the current announced card, along with some of the rumored matches and related footage from RAW:

Host: The Miz

America The Beautiful singer for Night 1: Becky G

America The Beautiful singer for Night 2: Jimmie Allen


Undisputed WWE Universal Title Match
Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns (c)

WWE United States Title Match
John Cena vs. Austin Theory (c)

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles Match
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. The Usos (c)

SmackDown Women’s Title Match
Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair (c)

RAW Women’s Title Match
Asuka vs. Bianca Belair (c)

Triple Threat for the WWE Intercontinental Title
Sheamus or Drew McIntyre [or both] vs. GUNTHER (c)

Hell In a Cell
Finn Balor vs. WWE Hall of Famer Edge
Rumored to be The Demon vs. Brood Edge.

Brock Lesnar vs. Omos

Rey Mysterio vs. Dominik Mysterio

Logan Paul vs. Seth Rollins (Night 1)

Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai, IYO SKY) vs. WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Becky Lynch & WWE Hall of Famer Lita


Bobby Lashley vs. Bray Wyatt
Unconfirmed as of this writing.

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