On the September 2 edition of Raw, Cody Rhodes made the mistake of telling COO Triple H that what is best for business is Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.
Triple H booked Rhodes to face Orton later in the evening's broadcast with the added stipulation that the young star would lose his job if he lost the match.
With enormous pressure on him to succeed just days from his wedding, Rhodes delivered a fine performance. Unfortunately, a missed Disaster Kick was answered with an RKO. Orton would win the match, and Rhodes was out of a job.
Attempts by Cody's brother Dustin (under his Goldust moniker) and his father, Dusty, to get Triple H to reconsider his decision proved futile. Goldust fell just shy of defeating Orton, while Dusty was knocked out by Big Show on the orders of Stephanie McMahon.
On the September 23 episode of Raw, Cody and Goldust hopped the guard rail and assaulted The Shield before being led away by security.
This past Monday on Raw, the entire Rhodes clan confronted Triple H and Stephanie and were informed that they have one last opportunity for not only Cody to regain his job but also for Goldust to earn a roster spot.
All they have to do is defeat the WWE Tag Team champions, The Shield's Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, this Sunday at Battleground.
If they do not, not only will Cody and Goldust be out of a job, so too will be family patriarch Dusty.
Reigns and Rollins have been among the in-ring MVPs for WWE this year. Their matches, often times also involving United States champion Dean Ambrose, have stolen their fair share of Raws, SmackDowns and pay-per-views.
At a time when wrestlers are focused on high spots, Cody and Goldust are very much old school. They are solid, believable workers focused on in-ring psychology and only doing things that make sense in the context of the match and the story they are telling.
The announcement earlier this week that the WWE Tag Team Championship would not be on the line in the match seemingly points to Cody and Goldust winning the match, and employment, but the creative team is known for throwing curveballs at its fans to keep them guessing.
While the outcome of the match is somewhat unpredictable, what is not is the quality of match fans will be treated to when these four immensely talented individuals take to the ring this weekend.
Official Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to win jobs with WWE, only to continue to be toyed with and manipulated the following night on Raw.