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Money in the Bank HITS
Smackdown Money in the Bank Match: The Pay Per View got started with a huge bang as the “Up-and-Com
ers” version of the Money in the Bank ladder match was off-the-charts good. A number of innovative, and creative spots we haven’t seen before were seen here, and everybody worked really hard to create a unique match that the “All-Stars” version was going to have a hard time competing with. My pick going into this match was Dean Ambrose, but I wasn’t disappointed to see Damien Sandow win here. There was an excellent story told, at the end of the match, between Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, punctuated by excellent commentary from JBL and Michael Cole. If you missed this match, it is absolutely worth going out of your way to see.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler: Although I felt the finish to this match was a little bit predictable (while watching the PPV with my girlfriend, I said “this is about the time AJ is going to come out and cost Dolph the match about 5 seconds before her theme music started playing), it was still an excellent, hard-hitting match, on par or better than their match at WWE Payback. The right person won here, as frustrating as that is as a Dolph Ziggler fan. As big as his moment was winning the championship by cashing in his Money in the Bank contract was, I feel his moment will be bigger yet when he finally defeats Del Rio “beyond all the odds”. The fans were solidly behind Ziggler in this match, and that helped this match progress along at a very quick, hard-hitting pace.
John Cena vs. Mark Henry: It’s hard for me to say this wasn’t my favourite match of the night, because it was easily the best Mark Henry match I’ve ever seen. Henry worked so hard here, and looked like an absolutely dominate monster. If this is the end of the line for Mark Henry, he went out on an incredibly high note, and if it isn’t, this new, reinvigorated Henry is going to be be a dominate force on Monday Night RAW that you cannot afford to miss.
“All-Stars” Money in the Bank Match: With this much star power, it’s impossible not to put this match on any “hit list” out there. And, in my opinion, this was the match of the night. It was absolutely brutal, and bloody. And because of WWE’s policy against blood, and having not seen people bleeding on every show for the past several years, when something did go wrong, it really stood out, and show how badly these guys wanted to have a Money in the Bank match to be remembered. Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, and Daniel Bryan all received monstrous ovations from the sold out Philadelphia crowd, and they were hot during the entire match. Rob Van Dam looked like he turned the clock back 10 (or more) years, and put in a performance that will be remembered. And, again, the right guy won here. Orton is on the verge of stepping back into the main event picture, and with a heel turn to freshen his character, I think we’re in for another awesome run in the “Age of Orton”. Another match you should really go out of your way to see, and enjoy.
Overall Show: Money in the Bank was a really solid Pay Per View offering that left me feeling like I got my money’s worth. I was disappointed that the Sheild vs. The Usos was pushed to the pre-show, but given how long both the Money in the Bank ladder matches went, I understand why they did so for time-constraints. All three of the “main event” matches absolutely delivered, and several great performances were turned in. It was news-worthy in that Damian Sandow will soon be given a shot in the main event scene, Paul Heyman turned on CM Punk which will further the feud between Punk and Lesnar, Mark Henry had the match, and performance of his career, and the All-Star Money in the Bank match should rank highly among the best editions of the match ever. I highly recommend ordering a replay, if you haven’t already seen the event.
Money in the Bank Misses
Chris Jericho vs. Ryback: It seemed like these two didn’t quite gel in the ring. It’s hard to have a good match with everyone, and Ryback is still finding his footing as a heel, so this one kind of fell flat for me. It wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t what I was expecting, either. I know there has been a lot of uproar on the internet about the finish of this match being a roll-up, but I don’t see what the problem with that is. Finishers don’t have to be used to exclusively finish matches, especially from a heel. Often-times the element of surprise (this match can end at any time, any way) is lost, so this was a nice throw to that. Not the best match in the entire world, though.
The Miz vs. Curtis Axel: I want, really badly, to like Curtis Axel. I loved Mr. Perfect (he was one of my childhood idols long before it was “cool” to say you were a Mr. Perfect fan). But he’s just so…..plain. And the miz “suffers” from being the most unlikeable human being on planet Earth. So, as such, this match really never got off the ground for me. I found myself waiting, and watching the clock, to see when it would end, so we could move on to bigger, and presumably better things. Dud.
AJ vs. Kaitlyn: Both of these girls were my favourites coming out of the Diva’s NXT season, and both have worked really hard over the past couple of years. AJ’s star has fallen considerably when you consider her position in the company a little more than a year ago, and Kaitlyn hasn’t really caught on either. When her music hits, you don’t get the feeling you’re about to see a great women’s match, or necessarily even an entertaining women’s match. They gave the girls lots of time to work with, but it felt like the match never left first gear. These two “hate” each other, but they were wrestling a match at half-speed. Another dud I was more looking forward to ending than to seeing what happened.
Brad Maddox’ introduction as RAW General Manager: This was crap that should have been left on the cutting room floor of a WWE Superstars episode. Absolutely rotten at it’s absolute worst. Maddox went from having great delivery, and being dynamic (some compared him to an nWo-era Eric Bischoff) to losing his place, stumbling through his lines, and having no ring presence whatsoever. And the video montage for Vickie? I actually paid to watch that? Uuugh.