In one of the co-main events of WWE SummerSlam 2023, Cody Rhodes defeated Brock Lesnar to end their feud.
After the match, Lesnar showed respect to Rhodes. The Beast shook The American Nightmare’s hand, hugged him and raised his arm.
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During the post-show press conference, Cody said he’s incredibly grateful for what Brock did for him. Cody said he looks up to Lesnar the same way his father Dusty Rhodes used to look up to Harley Race.
He said he has finally found his character, and who he truly is.
What Lesnar did for him, you have to earn it, and Cody said he thinks he has earned it.
Triple H said Brock doesn’t get enough credit for being one of the greatest of all time. He implied that Lesnar hugging Rhodes and showing him respect wasn’t scripted, and it was a “holy sh*t” moment for himself, as well as the fans.
Cody’s wife Brandi Rhodes tweeted the following after Brock put over Cody:
“Well bless my soul. I’m a Brock Lesnar fan now. 🤠”
On his podcast, current AEW commentator Jim Ross said Lesnar putting over Rhodes means that Cody is going to main event WrestleMania 40 in 2024:
“The exclamation point to that match was Lesnar reaching out, raising Cody’s hand, and shaking hands. You know it was just really a cool moment.
Cody’s on his way. All he’s building toward is the main event at WrestleMania next year in Philly, so I’m happy for Cody.”
Good Ol’ JR also congratulated WWE on the success of SummerSlam and said that AEW hopes to replicate that success on August 27th at All In at Wembley Stadium in front of over 80,000 fans:
“I’m glad [WWE] did well. My congratulations to them and we hope to be able to replicate some of those same traits over at Wembley Stadium.”
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