Cody’s run

So hang on, Cody did a bunch of good competitive title defences to make him look like a deserving TNT champ and then did a decisive clean job when the time was right to someone they were trying to elevate?

It’s almost as if this was the plan all along and the people complaining about his push were wrong

Perish the thought…

As noted in the comments, it does seem like the classic Rocky III comeback story.