Cody Rhodes pins Roman Reigns to win the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship at WrestleMania 40

The main event of WrestleMania 40 Night 2 between Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns was cinema and time, for most WWE fans, it had a happy ending.

For over a year and facing the threat of Bloodline Rules, Rhodes managed to overcome everything with the help of some WWE legends and pin Reigns to win the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship for the first time in his career.

He finished the story.

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Cody Rhodes wins

April 7, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Cody Rhodes wins the Undisputed Universal Championship at WrestleMania XL on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

But it took a lot to get there. He and Seth Rollins lost to Reigns and The Rock during Night 1, meaning bloodline rules would be in effect for the main event on Night 2. Rhodes had as much help as Reigns in the match .

Rhodes released a new entrance video and alongside his wife, Brandi. Rhodes also had the help of a live drum line to welcome him to the ring. Then it was gone.

It was a total fight. Reigns put Rhodes through the announce table and was frustrated that he couldn't put Rhodes away earlier, even after hitting the finishing move of “The American Nightmare” – the Cross Rhodes – just to taunt him.

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Cody Rhodes walks up the ramp

April 7, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; New WWE Universal Champion Cody Rhodes during Wrestlemania XL Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

After a spear, a Cody Cutter and a Cross Rhodes, Jimmy Uso superkicked Rhodes to save his cousin. Jey Uso then came back to tie. Jimmy and Jey fought their way up the entrance ramp. Jey then threw Jimmy off the stage and through a table on the floor. Reigns was in disbelief.

Reigns hit another spear but couldn't put Rhodes away. He was furious and directed his anger at referee Charles Robinson. Rhodes tried to capitalize on Reigns' anger and hit two more Cross Rhodes moves on Reigns. But it was Solo Sikoa who disrupted the match this time.

Sikoa hit a Samoan Spike on Rhodes then combined the move with a spear from Reigns. But just when Captain America thought his was over when the Avengers were down, WWE's own version assembled.

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John Cena came out and eliminated Sikoa. It was a rematch of Sikoa's squash against Cena at Crown Jewel. But just as Cena was making attitude adjustments on Reigns and Sikoa, The Rock squared off against Cena.

It had been 11 years since Cena defeated The Rock at WrestleMania 29. This time, “The Final Boss” hit rock bottom on Cena. And just when The Bloodline thought they had control. The bells rang. The lights went out. And The Undertaker appeared.

“Taker chokeslammed The Rock and when the lights went out and back on, the ring was cleared of any disruptors. Reigns and Rhodes remained.

Rhodes blocked a spear and hit the Cross Rhodes again.

This time, Rhodes pinned Reigns for 1-2-3. His hand was raised as the new undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

Rhodes was then met in the ring by Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, LA Knight and others.

He thanked Bruce Pritchard and Paul Levesque, shook Nick Khan's hand and hailed a new era for WWE.

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WrestleMania 40 Night 2 Results

Damian Priest parties

Damian Priest reacts after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship during night two at Lincoln Financial Field on April 7, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

  • Drew McIntyre def. Seth Rollins (c) for the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Damian Priest def. Drew McIntyre (c) for the World Heavyweight Championship after cashing in.
  • Pride def. The final testament in a street fight in Philadelphia.
  • LA Knight def. AJ Styles.
  • Logan Paul (c) def. Kevin Owens and Randy Orton for the United States Championship.
  • Bayley def. Iyo Sky (c) for the WWE Women's Championship.

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