Just a mere two days after the Night of Champions, Cody Rhodes, his arm in a sling, walked into the squared circle with a determination that roared louder than the Albany crowd. On the May 29 Monday Night RAW episode, Rhodes declared his intentions - not just to the Beast, Brock Lesnar, but to everyone: he doesn't tap out.
Rhodes, weathering the aftermath of a vicious encounter with Lesnar in Jeddah, reminded everyone inside the arena and at home of his unwavering perseverance, saying: "I didn't tap out because that's not the man I want to be."
To no one's surprise, Rhodes, once again, challenged Lesnar to another match while mocking Lesnar for already planning out their vacation from the WWE.
Rhodes then bravely said that Lesnar is afraid of him, which marked the end of his promo.
The open challenge echoes the spirit of the gritty persona Rhodes has embodied since his return.
The next step in Rhodes' journey is likely getting a win over Lesnar but we don't know exactly when that's going to happen. The next PLE will be on July 1 at the Money in the Bank followed by the SummerSlam on August 5.
Afterward, Rhodes is free to resume his feud against The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.
In the meanwhile, The Head of the Table will see The Bloodline storyline develop further following his loss with Solo Sikoa at the hands of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at the Night of Champions. The loss marked the start of the downfall of The Bloodline after The Usos thwarted their own kin.
With Rikishi expected to join the fray, the recent events present an intriguing wrinkle in the narrative of The Bloodline.
Could this hint at the beginning of the end of Reigns' reign as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion? Speculation runs rife, and one name, in particular, rises to the surface - Jimmy Uso.
His superkick landed square on Reigns' chin, presenting a plausible conflict for Money in the Bank that could extend all the way to SummerSlam.
Between Rhodes' feud against Lesnar and the implosion of The Bloodline, the two participants of the WrestleMania 39 main event will be busy handling their own business before they eventually go against each other for another rematch at WrestleMania 40.
The implications for the upcoming events are tantalizing. Each wrestler's respective narratives weave an intricate tapestry, blurring the lines between championship battles and personal vendettas. Rhodes could well cash in his opportunity against Reigns at SummerSlam as well, offering an intriguing possibility of Lesnar doesn't accept Rhodes' challenge although that's highly unlikely.
As Reigns stares down at his crumbling stable with Rhodes fixing his gaze on the daunting Beast, the WWE universe holds its collective breath.
We teeter on the brink of an era marked by defiance, an era that could be defined by one statement: Cody Rhodes does not tap out.