The Rock Calls Out Cody Rhodes While Inducting Lia Maivia Into The WWE Hall Of Fame

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The Rock Calls Out Cody Rhodes While Inducting Lia Maivia Into The WWE Hall Of Fame: The announcement that Paul Heyman, who was without a doubt the most prominent member of the 2024 class, was the first person to be officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame came as a pretty major surprise to those that watch the show.

However, if they had known that the final induction would devolve into one last angle between The Rock and Cody Rhodes before their main event tag team battle at WrestleMania 40 Night 1 the following day, it could have been less startling to them. Maybe it would have been less surprising.

 

The Rock Calls Out Cody Rhodes While Inducting Lia Maivia Into The WWE Hall Of Fame

Ofelia “Lia” Maivia, the matriarch of the Anoa’i family, was inducted into the Film and Television Hall of Fame with the help of a video package that was voiced by Ana Tuisila, who had previously portrayed her on the NBC comedy “Young Rock.”

 

After taking over Polynesian Pro Wrestling from her late husband, “High Chief” Peter Maivia, and becoming one of the first female promoters in the wrestling industry, the package detailed Maivia’s multiple triumphs, including the 1985 Honolulu supercard A Hot Summer Night. All of these accomplishments were included in the package.

 

The first indication that certain portions of the induction would be in character was the imagery and narration that associated Maivia with WWE’s Bloodline stable. Another indication was that The Rock would enter to his full “Final Boss” theme.

 

During his speech, The Rock highlighted various prominent stars of the 1980s who appeared on Maivia’s performances. Eventually, he settled on the name Dusty Rhodes with a sudden sense of gravity. This was while he was addressing his grandmother’s career as a promoter.

 

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Cody Rhodes, Dusty’s son, was present in the audience and got up in reaction to The Rock’s direct address. The Rock then proceeded to address Cody Rhodes directly. The Rock made a small promotional video for Cody, in which he informed him that the events that take place between them at WrestleMania are not professional but more personal. After that, he went on to make one final promotion for WrestleMania before sending the Philadelphia audience home for the evening.

 

In the main event of the night, which takes place on Saturday, The Rock and his cousin, Roman Reigns, who holds the title of Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, face off against Cody and Seth Rollins, who has the title of World Heavyweight Champion. Cody then challenges Reigns for the title on Sunday. Heyman, who Reigns referred to as his “Wise Man,” was the recipient of his induction earlier in the evening.

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