Originally Posted by TempestH
Because Cody was being pushed back then and was booked so far above the rest of the midcard.
Yeah, I get that but if they went into the match making it clear Cody was underestimating Gabriel until mid way through the match when he decides to 'get serious' and still have some difficulty (because of Gabriel doing some damage when he was half assing it) it could be justified.
You could also have Gabriel (via pre taped vignette) saying he's going to go all out and show things he's never done before to beat Cody and have him actually do just that, possibly hitting a move that forces Cody to do a rope break rather than kick out (e.g. The Hurricane DDT) or busting out some of the submissions he used in his heel run obstinately to 'throw Cody off his game'