Friday, July 22, 2011

My thoughts on Money in the Bank

Money in the Bank

Hello wrestling fans. I just wanted to post the results and of course my thoughts about each match. First off, I believe the whole CM Punk situation just had this vibe going around the arena. WWE Money in the Bank was probably the best WWE pay per view I've seen in a while. I say the best because most of the matches were good matches. Here are the results:

Daniel Bryan
The first match was SmackDown's Money in the Bank ladder match featuring Kane, Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Sin Cara, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Cody Rhodes. Everyone in this match was on top of their game. No one slacked off. This was a really good match, with each superstar with their own highlights. Sin Cara started cleaning house, until Sheamus powerbombed him onto a ladder on the outside. If you see closely, you can see the paint covered crack on the ladder right before it "breaks" when Sin Cara lands. He was brought to the back by the EMTs. So he'll be out of action for a while, hence his suspension. An awesome high spot was Sheamus and Kane doing the Doomsday Device on Bryan, paying homage to The Road Warriors since they were in Chicago that night. Just as Sheamus was about to grab the briefcase, he was chokeslammed by Kane onto another ladder. Rhodes, Bryan, and Barrett ganged up on Kane and ends with Gabriel delivering his 450 splash from on top of a ladder. Then Bryan gains the upper hand, by kicking Barrett off the ladder to grab the briefcase. Yes, it is true. Daniel Bryan (The American Dragon Bryan Danielson) is now the Money in the Bank winner with a contract for a World Championship title match at any time for one year.

Kelly Kelly defeated Brie Bella to retain her WWE Divas Championship.

Mark Henry defeated Big Show. Henry did a great job playing the heel, constantly beating on the injured leg of Big Show's. Henry is getting a big push to being a top heel for WWE SmackDown.

Alberto Del Rio
Raw's Money in the Bank ladder match was next, featuring The Miz, Alex Riley, Jack Swagger, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston. It seems like these guys wanted to top SmackDown's ladder match, because this match had some awesome high spots. First Riley flips over the top rope onto Swagger and Miz, and then Truth flips over the top rope onto them. Finally Mysterio and Kingston were on opposite turnbuckles jump off, landing on top of the guys. Then Bourne delivers his finisher Airbourne from the ladder, landing on top of everyone. Bourne and Miz end up reaching for the briefcase, but Del Rio pushed the ladder from under them, causing Miz to land and hurt his right knee. There's a point in the match where there are four ladders in the ring and all seven superstars are all on top reaching for that briefcase. Each man falls off one by one, when out of nowhere, The Miz returns hopping on one leg but is cut short by Mysterio. The fans at the arena were not pleased by that, booing Mysterio for stopping Miz and almost grabbing the briefcase. Mysterio and Del Rio go back and forth for the briefcase, on top of the ladders, but Del Rio unmasks Mysterio and causes all the ladders to fall. Del Rio quickly puts the ladder back in place and grabs the briefcase. He's officially Raw's Money in the Bank ladder match winner. But of course, you already knew that.

For those who follow The Wrestling Fans Review blogs site, know that I'm a Christian fan. I must say, I am not happy with how he became World Champion. A stipulation in the match was that if Randy Orton was disqualified, he would lose his World Championship title. Christian ends up spitting on Orton's face, making Orton so angry that he kicks Christian below the belt and loses the match and his title. He then gives Christian the RKO on top of the Spanish announcers table, and then follows up with another RKO. To be honest, it seemed that they were trying to break the table but couldn’t. I don’t like this ending because Christian's debate was "I can beat you Randy!" and winning the title by disqualification doesn’t prove that he can. I feel like it doesn’t make Christian look good at all. It was a cheap way to win.

CM Punk
Finally we get to the main event of the night and from the moment CM Punk's music started, the fans went wild. The match started out slow with John Cena shadow boxing and surprisingly chain wrestling with Punk. I don’t think anyone was sitting down this whole match. It was very suspenseful, keeping everyone on their feet. Cena had the upper hand for the most part, but Punk did not want to stay down. They're later joined by Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis. McMahon signals for the time keeper to ring the bell. Just as Laurinaitis starts running down to the bell, Cena clotheslines him and tells McMahon that he didn’t want to win that way. He goes back into the ring and Punk catches him with the GTS and gets the 1, 2, 3. I was completely shocked. I believed Cena was going to win, not get fired of course, and Punk would leave like he said he would. Vince then calls for Alberto Del Rio to cash in his contract but gets kicked by Punk before the match ever started. So CM Punk is now the WWE Champion and he jumped over the railing, on to the fans and left the WWE with the prestigious yet ugly looking WWE Championship.

On that note, it was a good pay per view event with a few surprises and good matches. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for WWE now that there's no WWE Champion and Vince McMahon being fired. We shall see next week on Monday Night Raw.

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