Damien Sandow was the surprise winner of the 2013 Money in the Bank Ladder match. The win led to Cody Rhodes turning on his long-time friend and partner in one of the highlights of Sandow’s career.
Despite this, when WWE was going head to head with Monday Night Football in October 2013, The Intellectual Savior of the Masses was forced to cash-in his contract on John Cena.
Damien Sandow recently spoke to WINC’s Daily Podcast where he revealed the reason behind his failed Money in the Bank cash-in.
“Yeah, I wasn’t happy about it, but I talked to a very high-ranking official, not Vince, but in the family. And pretty much, ‘look, we’re going up against Monday Night Football and the World Series. We need this. You have three segments.’ OK, so I knew what I had to do.”
“In the long term, I was frustrated, but in the immediate, I had to worry about going on TV and get the ratings up, and we did. Point-blank, we did, and to me, it was past that what they did because you come back, everyone’s hugging you, saying what a great job you did, and then two weeks later, there’s nothing for you. That was just like, ‘OK, whatever.’ So yeah, I was a little bit upset about it, but then you’re dressing up as someone new every week.”
Damien Sandow’s match against John Cena was sadly the height of his career. Following his loss, he was pushed back down the card before finally being released.