The fans continue cheering but there’s a whole new level to the cheering, and even some ‘U-S-A’ chanting going on as Cody Rhodes walks out. He already has a microphone in hand but he doesn’t speak straight away, looking around at the arena.
Cody walks down the ramp and begins to talk, immediately addressing Aries in the ring.
Cody Rhodes: Austin Aries, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, A Double- the WWE Champion!
The fans cheer loudly as Cody slides into the ring. He looks at Aries, before looking at the WWE Championship on Aries’ shoulder. He reverts his gaze back to Aries, before continuing to speaking.
Cody Rhodes: We’re both coming off a huge night in SummerSlam. You beat Chris Jericho, against doctor’s orders, and we all know how difficult that is. So firstly I must congratulate you. I- on the other hand- well I beat Wade Barrett. I proved that the United Kingdom is all about numbers. Without backup, each and every single member of that group, they wouldn’t be anywhere near where they are now.
The fans cheer in agreement as another USA chant begins.
Cody Rhodes: But tonight, my focus has changed. Last night, when I beat Wade- I got the number one contendership to the WWE Championship. I became next in line for a shot at that title on your shoulder. That’s a title I’m planning on taking from you.
And trust me; I know it’s not going to be easy, I know it’s not going to be a walk in the park. I know that I’m going to have to bring my triple A game to beat A Double. But despite the fact you won last night, you’re still not 100% and even if we have to wait the required thirty days in order to face, you won’t be 100%.
Effectively Austin, what you are- is a giant moving target.
The fans give a mixed reaction with Cody’s fans cheering and Austin’s fans booing.
Cody Rhodes: And out of respect, I’d wait for you to be 100% but as you know, that WWE Championship does crazy things to people. My number one contendership unfortunately doesn’t give me the power to book a match. It doesn’t give me the power to name the place where I face you. Because if I did… I’d choose tonight.
And I wouldn’t even wait for the main event; I’d demand a referee get out here right this second. We’d put on a masterpiece for this very crowd to open up Monday Night Raw tonight!
The fans go insane.
Cody Rhodes: Respect is the thing I thrive on. I’ve had to work hard to prove that I’m a changed man. I did that with the United States Championship but that title on your shoulder, that title and its entire legacy- that runs through my blood.
My father only held a World Championship- the NWA World Championship- three times. It’s his proudest moment in his wrestling career- in fact; it’s the proudest moment of my entire family’s wrestling career. But the one title that always eluded him was that one sitting on your shoulder.
You see, you do everything for yourself Austin- I do everything for nobody other than my family. For my father ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes.
The fans explode with cheers and an American Dream chant begins to thunder throughout the arena. Cody smiles and waits as the fans calm down.
Cody Rhodes: For my brother Dustin- otherwise known as Goldust.
The fans explode once more, and a Goldust chant is heard. That takes Cody aback a little. He smiles once more as the fans calm.
Cody Rhodes: Monday Night Raw never fails to amaze me- we just got a Goldust chant. You’re welcome brother.
The fans explode as Cody smiles to the camera. Another Goldust chant is heard as Cody returns his eyes to Aries.
Cody Rhodes: It’s been a dream of mine for my entire career to hold that title Austin. And I’m putting you on notice. Whenever our match occurs, whenever we go one-on-one with that WWE Championship on the line, you can throw absolutely everything you have at me- but it won’t stop me.
Cody takes a step forwards, getting into Aries’ face.
Cody Rhodes: I’m going to be the next WWE Champion, I promise you that.
The fans explode with cheers, although there are boos in the arena too. Cody drops the microphone and smiles as the two men stare each other down.
JR: This match I’m greatly looking forward to. Austin Aries and Cody Rhodes at Money in the Bank for the WWE Championship, can you say blockbuster.
JR: What King?
King: You said to say blockbuster.
JR: Still bitter I see. Well when we come back we will have a Diva’s match to kick off the show!