Following his defeat by "The Beast Incarnate," Brock Lesnar, at WWE's Night of Champions, Cody Rhodes shifted his focus onto a new adversary: Dominik Mysterio. This decision was sparked by a confrontation between the two on the June 5 episode of "Raw." The self-proclaimed "American Nightmare," Rhodes, challenged Mysterio to a bout at the upcoming Money in the Bank event scheduled for July 1.
When Mysterio took a cheap jab at Rhodes, the challenge was accepted on Mysterio's behalf by Rhea Ripley.
Road Dogg's Anticipation for Match
Brian "Road Dogg" James, the WWE Senior Vice President of Live Events, recently weighed in on this impending face-off on an episode of "Oh...You Didn't Know." Expressing his excitement for the match, he said, "This match writes itself.
Don't overthink it, but yeah, it's going to be a good one. Talk about crowd participation." James's enthusiasm stems from the strong audience responses both Rhodes and Mysterio have been receiving, though from different ends of the spectrum.
Rhodes is revered as one of WWE's beloved babyfaces, consistently pulling in high merchandise sales and crowd cheers. Mysterio, on the other hand, has become a top heel, often facing the wrath of jeering spectators. Even with just a four-week build-up, James is optimistic that the live audience at London's O2 Arena will passionately engage with the match.
James also shared his thoughts on other bouts on the card, notably the Finn Balor versus Seth Rollins match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship title. "If you're a betting man, put your money on Finn Balor," he advised.
However, James doesn't see Money in the Bank merely as a series of individual matches. For him, it's an opportunity to craft longer-term narratives, particularly for the winners of the Money in the Bank briefcases. He expressed, "It's one of my favorite premium live events of the year just from a vantage point of a lead writer kind of thing.
This event really can make a person and have a great story… If that's the right person, and it's the right person buddying up against the champion, I think that's storytelling. What a huge opportunity to tell a great story for the next nine months."