Damien Sandow is at an exciting point in his career.
Here he is, the Money in the Bank briefcase holder for a guaranteed shot at the world heavyweight title, and the face of WWE -- John Cena -- just became the world heavyweight champion.
As a superstar on the rise, you can't ask for a better opportunity to crack the main event.
During a phone interview Monday, Sandow, largely in character, didn't let on any excitement about this fact, but he spoke about cashing in against Cena.
"My strategy will be to cash in when the time is right," Sandow said. "Whether it's a match at a pay-per-view or when people least expect it, I'm going to take it. [Mr. Money in the Bank] is without a doubt the most prestigious title I've held. There's only one way to go from here and that's world heavyweight champion."
Sandow is confident that he will become champion and not become a rare case where a Money in the Bank briefcase holder fails to win the title.
"Being champion has been my goal since I arrived in WWE," Sandow said.
With WWE's latest DVD-Blu Ray release, "Money in the Bank," out Tuesday, Sandow reflects on the range of emotions he felt when he found out he would first be part of this match.
"At first, it's excitement. You have an opportunity to win the Money in the Bank contract," he said. "Then, it's preparation. To prepare for a match like this, there is no rulebook. Everyone prepares for it their own way. No matter what, there is always an element of danger."
Sandow joins the likes of CM Punk, Rob Van Dam, John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and others as briefcase holders. The Intellectual Savior of the Masses chose Edge as his favorite WWE superstar to watch in the match -- "he's the ultimate opportunist."
Though Sandow chose his words wisely throughout parts of the interview -- when asked about fans approaching him and posing tough intellectual questions to try and throw him off his game, he replied, "Yes, but none have succeeded" -- he did open up a little about his history with WWE.
"I was in WWE for a few years, back in 2005-2006," Sandow said. "I was in a tag team and things didn't pan out. I'm not a tag team guy. Different circumstances arose and I was given the opportunity to show what I can do (as Damien Sandow) and once that happened, things turned out quite differently."
When asked about why it took so long to get that opportunity, he simply said: "Opinions vary, and that's all I'm going to say."
It will be interesting to see, with John Cena now in the picture, how Sandow's career shapes up in the next couple of months.
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