Let's get one thing straight. When it comes to the feud between Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, the blue briefcase is the reason for the feud, not the object of the feud.
This is one of those cases (no pun intended) where the rivalry stands alone, that the war of words and the fodder between the two is enough to keep this going for a while. But in the end, there must be a winner and loser. At some point, Sandow will cash his case in (the new one he revealed on SmackDown) and possibly become champion.
I said possibly. While his attempts were thwarted by Rhodes Friday night on SmackDown, I do not see him trying to change history until SummerSlam or afterward. And by then, there could be a whole new set of circumstances to deal with .
What if there is a new champion?
Odds are Alberto Del Rio may be a man without a belt after the pay-per-view. Does this mean Christian or someone else may be holding gold when The Intellectual Savior of the WWE comes calling? Pretty much so. And if that is the case, then will it be Christian for certain who will be the center of Sandow's attention?
Here are the four who will factor into whether or not Sandow becomes a world titleholder.
1. Alberto Del Rio
It is quite possible the Mexican Aristocrat could be holding gold when Sandow wants a shot at the title. We saw on Friday night that face or heel means nothing to Sandow when it comes to wanting a crack at taking home gold.
There is a feeling I get that Christian will be the new world champion at SummerSlam. And Ricardo Rodriguez will be front and center to aid in the title change.
While Christian's "One Last Match" mantra has been a hit of late, Sandow could be the one who ends the veteran's run with the title in hand. It makes sense to transition Sandow from Captain Charisma, but at the same time, it also makes sense to keep the title on him for a few months.
3. Rob Van Dam
This is another one of those situations where a returning superstar did not come back to the WWE to sit on the sidelines and collect dust.
Van Dam did not deserve to win Money in the Bank, but he does deserve a chance to unseat Del Rio or Christian or anyone holding the belt. And in my opinion, the contrasting styles of Sandow and RVD makes for an interesting feud.
4. Cody Rhodes
Ideally, this is the scenario we want to see. Rhodes beats Christian or Del Rio for the title and Sandow tries to cash in his chance at gold. But like last season when John Cena failed to capture the title, Sandow is denied his chance.