Best Ways to Handle Damien Sandow's Character After Money in the Bank

Anthony MangoFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2013

Mr. Capital in Depository Financial Institution (photo courtesy of
Mr. Capital in Depository Financial Institution (photo courtesy of

Now that Damien Sandow has become the new Mr. Money in the Bank, what is the next step his career is going to take?

One would assume that he would be booked as one of the more important, dominant people on the roster, but that isn't necessarily the case.

Many times in the past, the person who wins the briefcase ends up going through a string of losses. The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, Daniel Bryan and several others found themselves struggling to stay at the same level or rise higher before cashing in their contracts.

Supposedly, WWE's mentality for doing this is to "bring [the wrestler] down to build him back up," according to this report by Marc Middleton, which is also why Randy Orton was losing beforehand.

Although we've only seen one match that Sandow has wrestled since his big win, he did actually lose it, only to be followed up with being attacked by Cody Rhodes.

However, I wouldn't panic just yet, for those who are already worried history will repeat itself.

WWE cannot and should not book Sandow to go on a losing streak if they are determined to make something out of the man.

Sandow has yet to truly get a firm standing as a singles competitor. His feet were wet with his short feud against Sheamus, but primarily he has wrestled as a part of the Rhodes Scholars team and against jobbers during his debut.

Right now, the focal point should be giving the Intellectual Savior of the Masses several months of midcard to upper-midcard feuds with people who can put him over, such as Kofi Kingston, The Miz and Rob Van Dam.

The key to this, though, is that they need to be actual feuds. It would serve no purpose to have Sandow merely get random victories over roster members that mean nothing at the moment. How many times can Sandow beat Zack Ryder, Ted DiBiase, Santino Marella and R-Truth before nobody cares?

That is why the first stepping stone is to naturally continue this feud with Cody Rhodes in an attempt to put both of them in a better spot.

Such a feud will matter to both men and give the audience the viewpoint that they actually mean something, rather than just being the same type of filler that we see when World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio faces off against someone like Sin Cara.

After several months of being successful and coming out on top of his feuds, Sandow should be prime and ready for his cash-in and actually look like he is worthy of a World Heavyweight Championship reign, rather than someone who is out of his league.

Where would you like to see Sandow go from here? Is he doomed to take a step down or destined to keep rising? What feuds would you like to see him participate in?

Tell us your ideas in the comments below!

Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its YouTube podcast show Smack Talk. You can follow him on Facebook for more.