Last week The Rock returned to Friday Night SmackDown to seemingly set up a match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Since then The Great One’s return has been met with significant backlash from Cody Rhodes fans who were hoping to see The American Nightmare finish the story at WrestleMania 40.

The Rock is set to meet with Roman Reigns face to face at the WrestleMania 40 press conference in Las Vegas later today, but he addressed the negative reaction ahead of the event during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show.

“I expected, we expected it because it’s right there & you go back & again you like to think ‘Hey I got my finger on the pulse’, we all try to keep the finger on the pulse, ultimately what the fans want & what they’re saying & often times, in sports, entertainment, anywhere, there’s a wave of noise that happens right out of the gate, that you just wanna pause for a second, let’s not make any rash decisions, let’s wait & see how it all shakes out & see what happens from there so just a matter of waiting, so now…was not surprised at it, did expect it but here’s the fun part, love Cody, love his passionate fans, then there’s the other passionate Cody fans & their called ‘Cody crybabies’, these are grown a** men, ‘Cody’s gotta finish his story’, it’s like..wait a second hold on, ‘hey dad you wanna go outside & play catch w/me?! Not now Cody’s gotta finish his story & I’m upset, wife comes in ‘hey honey you wanna go have s**, ‘not now Cody’s gotta finish his story!’”.

“The Rock says this, those Cody crybabies, the ones for every 10 tweets, they’re shoving a Chicken McNugget in their mouth, every 20 tweets, they’re shoving 2 McNuggets up their a**. All you gotta do is sit back, know your role, shut your mouth & enjoy the ride that The Rock is gonna take your candy a**es on. So hashtag that. Hashtag shut your b**ch a**es up. Hashtag Cody Crybabies. Yeah!”

Stay tuned for more updates on the WrestleMania 40 press conference later today.

H/T WrestleOps