Cody Rhodes Thought Brock Lesnar Would “Start Swinging” Prior To Handshake

Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar, SummerSlam 2023

After winning the rubber match Cody Rhodes wasn’t expecting the response he got from Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.

The rivalry between ‘The American Nightmare’ and ‘The Beast Incarnate has raged since the Monday Night Raw following WrestleMania. Rhodes drafted in Lesnar as his partner to go up against Roman Reigns and The Bloodline, but didn’t expect the attack he ended up receiving.

With the two men picking up a win a piece, they went in to ‘The Hottest Show Of The Summer’ where Cody Rhodes managed to pick up the win in the third encounter. After it happened, the gloves came off and many expected more action.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Rhodes admitted he was expecting the exact same.

As I saw him taking his gloves off, I sincerely thought he was going to start swinging. Then we went head-to-head, and it felt like we were a millisecond away from starting up again. So I didn’t anticipate that handshake coming.

“The Torch Isn’t Passed. You Have To Take It”

Continuing on, Cody Rhodes made it clear it’s not something you expect from Lesnar, but clearly it was a mark of respect for what had happened over the last six months.

When I saw his hand, I was grateful. That’s not something he does. Again, this run has consistently surprised me. The torch isn’t passed. You have to take it.

However, whilst many would expect a post-match embrace after something like that, there wasn’t any more to come from Lesnar. When Rhodes got backstage, he realized that his opponent had done everything he needed to do in front of the crowd.

I came to the back, there was a nice ovation in the Gorilla Position, but Brock was nowhere to be found. I didn’t see him the rest of the night. The way I see it, we didn’t need to speak. Brock left it all in the ring.