Cody Rhodes def. Damien Sandow

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August 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Cody Rhodes grew up around wrestling rings. The son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes spent his childhood around his sports-entertainment heroes, learning from the best. So, when faced with the task of facing Damien Sandow at SummerSlam, it could be said that the now mustache-less Rhodes was born for this moment. And it was the former Intercontinental Champion who used his own keen intellect to defeat Mr. Money in the Bank Sunday night.

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One month ago, Rhodes and Sandow – who compared each competitor to Sherlock Holmes and Watson – shared a mutual admiration for one another. Team Rhodes Scholars were arrogant, ruthless and most importantly, they were the best of friends. Inside the STAPLES Center, however, they were the bitterest of rivals.

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The former tag team partners were very familiar with each other’s habits in the squared circle, resulting in a back-and-forth matchup that saw neither Superstar dominate for any consistent length of time. Near the beginning of the encounter, Sandow landed his Cubito Aequet maneuver, and followed up with a limb-twisting submission hold that was a hybrid between Ric Flair’s Figure Four Leglock and Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter.

Though anguishing on the canvas, Cody channeled the aptitude of his father during Dusty’s legendary wars with The Nature Boy. Seeking to avenge the betrayal at last month’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Rhodes powered out of the Figure Four variation and appeared newly energized. The multi-time World Tag Team Champion stormed back with a flawless top-rope missile dropkick. When Rhodes missed his signature Disaster Kick, a second attempt finally sent his opponent reeling after suffering a stiff boot to the jaw.

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From there, it was simply … elementary. Cody administered the Cross Rhodes and pinned the Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner. Yet even though Cody may have won the match, Sandow clutched his beloved Samsonite, still in possession of a World Heavyweight Championship contract. Under the bright lights of Tinseltown, the grandson of a plumber shined, cementing his destiny as anything but a common man.

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