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Cody Rhodes Speaks Out on Unexpected Handshake from Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2023

11 months ago By Sports Desk
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In an unforgettable moment that left fans around the world talking, Cody Rhodes and Brock Lesnar took centre stage at SummerSlam 2023. However, it wasn’t just the match that created a buzz – it was what happened afterwards.

The Unexpected Embrace

SummerSlam 2023 will go down in history not just for the fiercely competitive battle between ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar and ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody Rhodes, but for an unscripted moment that followed the bell. A gesture that many believed was out of character for Lesnar. After seventeen minutes of intense action, Rhodes came out victorious. But what transpired post-match became the talk of the wrestling community.

In a surprising turn of events, Brock Lesnar, who is not known for showing respect to his opponents, offered Cody Rhodes a handshake. The gesture wasn’t only unexpected by the fans but also by Rhodes himself.

In a recent conversation with Sports Illustrated, Rhodes opened up about the shocking moment that took place between the two wrestling superstars. “As I saw him taking his gloves off, I sincerely thought he was going to start swinging,” Rhodes confessed.

The atmosphere was tense. The two, fresh off a rigorous bout, found themselves locked in a stare, their faces mere inches apart. “We went head-to-head, and it felt like we were a millisecond away from starting up again,” Rhodes recalled. The uncertainty and the adrenaline, combined with Lesnar’s past antics, certainly contributed to Rhodes’ initial scepticism.

However, what followed was nothing short of extraordinary. “So I didn’t anticipate that handshake coming. When I saw his hand, I was grateful.”

A Rare Gesture from The Beast

Brock Lesnar, with his storied career, is not known for moments of public respect or acknowledgement, especially after a loss. This made the gesture even more impactful. For many, it symbolized a moment of genuine respect between two professionals at the top of their game.

Rhodes continued, “That’s not something he does. Again, this run has consistently surprised me.” The unpredictable nature of the sport is evident, and this moment was a testament to the authentic moments that can arise even amidst scripted storylines.

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

Rhodes’ journey in WWE has been one of consistent determination and proving his mettle against some of the best in the business. His victory against Lesnar wasn’t just a win; it was an affirmation of his position in the industry. And as he eloquently put it, “The torch isn’t passed. You have to take it.”

In wrestling, as with any other sport or entertainment, moments like these transcend scripted storylines and resonate with audiences on a deeper level. They offer a rare glimpse into the genuine respect, camaraderie, and sportsmanship that lies beneath the surface.

And while fans will continue to dissect the match’s highs and lows, it’s the unexpected handshake that will linger in memories for years to come.

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