Friday, 20 July 2012

WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Review

WWE Money in the Bank took place in the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Last year's event was the best PPV WWE had done in years, so will this year be up to that standard? Let's review.

The Pre-Show match was between the team of Kofi Kingston and R-Truth and the team of Hunico and Camacho. The match was decent enough with R-Truth eventually getting the win
Winners: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth                                                             Predictions: 1 for 1

The event officially starts with the World Heavyweight Championship MITB match between Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dolph Ziggler, Lord Tensai, Santino Marella, Sin Cara and Tyson Kidd. The match starts with Tensai being dominant.Some of the other highlights include Rhodes doing a disaster kick on Kidd but hitting Sandow instead; Christian spearing Sandow onto the ladder; Rhodes getting distracted by Vickie Guerrero so that Ziggler can hit the Zig Zag on Rhodes; and Tensai powerbombing Sin Cara onto a ladder then throwing Ziggler over the announce table. The end comes when Christian and Santino are fighting over the briefcase and Christian pushes Santino. Ziggler then comes out of nowhere and pushes Christian off the ladder to claim the briefcase. This was a funny fun match and a great way to start the PPV. As for Ziggler, I personally think that he doesn't need the briefcase but it's just he needs to get him to the main event level.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler                                                                                     Predictions: 1 for 2

After a backstage interview with Sheamus, we get the return of The Miz. AAAWWEEEESOOOMMMEEE!!!!! Sorry, I'm a big fan of The Miz, who has been away fliming The Marine 3. Miz announces that he is entering himself into the WWE Championship MITB match. Hell, yeah! I like this bit as it looked like it was going to be a shit match with only 4 people in the match. The Miz has made the match more interesting with 5 people now in it.

The next match was the World Heavyweight Championship match with Alberto Del Rio challenging Sheamus. Sheamus takes control in the early going before a distraction by Ricardo "Virgil" Rodrigeuz gives Del Rio the chance to get the momentum, focusing on the arm that he injured on the previous Smackdown. Sheamus gets a slight reprieve with a swinging neckbreaker and the match goes back and forth for a little while after that. Del Rio sends Sheamus into the corner and tries a flying kick but misses. This gives Sheamus the opportunity to hit the White Noise followed by a Brogue Kick to get the win. Afterwards, Del Rio doesn't take the loss well and destroys Sheamus. Dolph Ziggler comes out in order to cash in his newly-won MITB contract and Del Rio and Ziggler argue for a while before Ziggler hits him with the briefcase. This gives Sheamus the opportunity to Brogue Kick Ziggler's head off and prevent the briefcase being cashed in. This was a good match and I can see a feud between Sheamus and Ziggler developing over the summer.
Winner: Sheamus                                                                                            Predictions: 2 for 3

We get a bonus tag team match between Epico and Primo and The Prime Time Players (MIllions of Dollars, Millions of Dollars!) with Kofi Kingston and R-Truth on guest commentary. We also get AW mic'd up as we listen to them give encouragement to The Prime Time Players and give verbal abuse to their opponents. Epico and Primo start to be dominant over Darren Young before Epico starts to get beat on. Primo gets the hot tag and does an impressive springboard into a corkscrew splash for a 2 count.  Primo Darren Young then gets rolled up by Primo to get the win. Afterwards, The Prime Time Players get into a standoff with Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
Winners: Epico and Primo                                                                             Predictions: N/A

Next is the WWE Championship match between Daniel Bryan and CM Punk?! Great, it looks like the show will end with the John Cena Show. AJ is the Special Guest Referee for this match and it's no disqualification. Nothing really special happened until Bryan pushes Punk into AJ and sent her flying off the apron. AJ receives medical attention at the back and referee Chad Patton takes over. This is when the competitors decide to utilise the no-disqualification stipulation and Bryan brings out a kendo stick. Punk tries a springboard flying clothesline but Bryan hits Punk in the abdomen with the kendo stick. Bryan keeps on hitting Punk with the kendo stick. Punk begins a comeback and tries for the GTS but Bryan counters it into a roll up for 2. A little while AJ comes back out and orders Patton to the back. She then proceeds to grab a chair and leave it in the middle of the ring for Bryan and Punk to fight for it. Bryan manages to grab it and destroys Punk with it, only getting a 2 count. Bryan doesn't take the count well and pleads with AJ. Punk does a roll up, which gets 2. Punk uses the chair on Bryan. Punk puts the chair inbetween the middle and top turnbuckles and AJ stops Punk from throwing Bryan into it and this gives Bryan the opportunity to dropkick Punk into the chair. Bryan goes for the kendo stick but AJ puts her foot on it, preventing him from using it. Punk misses with a Macho Man elbow drop and Bryan applies the LeBell Yes Lock, putting the kendo stick  across Punk's face. Punk gets out of it and hits the GTS but Bryan kicks out at 2. Punk puts Bryan onto a table and attempts another Macho Man elbow drop but Bryan pushes Punk onto the turnbuckle. Bryan attacks Punk in that position before he is pushed onto the turnbuckle. Punk then does a back suplex sending both guys through the table and Punk pins Bryan to get the win. I enjoyed the match and it was interesting to see AJ's role in this match. I don't get what her position is. I think she is angry with both of them and is completely fucking up their minds. A part of me still feels that AJ is helping a third party but we'll wait and see over the next month.
Winner: CM Punk                                                                                           Predictions: 3 for 4

A squash match is next as Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks  get fucked up by Ryback. Hawkins and Reks actually put Ryback down and double team him for a bit. Unfortunately for them, that plan doesn't last long as Ryback gets back the momentum with a powerslam and fucks up Hawkins,throws him out of the ring and hits Reks with the Shellshock for the usual victory. It did its job, which was filler.
Winner: Ryback                                                                                               Predictions: N/A

We get another filler match as Divas Champion Layla, Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka take on Beth Phoenix, Natalya and Eve Torres. Natalya and Tamina start the match. Beth and Kaitlyn get tagged in and Kaitlyn slaps her then Eve when she gets tagged in. Kaitlyn gets dominated for a while before Layla gets the hot tag. Beth attempts a Gorilla Press Slam but Layla reverses it into a roll up which Natalya breaks up. Natalya, Kaitlyn and Eve get sent flying out the ring and Tamina super kicks Beth into a Lay-Out by Layla to give her team the victory. The match wasn't that bad although it would be nice if they had a bit more time.
Winners: Layla, Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka                                                    Predictions: N/A

The main event is the John Cena show the WWE Championship MITB match between Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kane, John Cena and The Miz. Big Show starts fucking everyone up and this gives Miz the chance to climb the letter. Cena stops that from happening. Show continues to be dominant before his opponents join forces to send Show out of the ring and Cena AA's him through the Spanish Announcers table. Everyone else then proceeds to bury Show under a pile of ladders. Some of the other highlights include Miz and Jericho suplexing Kane onto a ladder; Cena AA'ing Kane on top of Miz; Show rising from his grave of ladders then proceeding to give Jericho a ladder sandwich; Show getting his Special Edition ladder (on sale at; and Jericho stopping Show from getting the briefcase with a steel chair. Jericho almost gets the briefcase but Miz goes up the ladder and fight it out. Jericho punches him down the ladder and thinks he has the briefcase. Unfortunately, Show climbs up the ladder and hits Jericho with theWMD then on the Miz to send them both off the ladder. Cena then climbs the ladder and starts to use briefcase to hit Show in the head. The briefcase handle breaks, coming off the hook holding it up while Cena is doing this, giving him the victory. It looks like the ending was slightly botched as I think the plan was for Show to fall off the ladder, leaving Cena all by himself to grab the briefcase. Despite that, it looks weird having Cena with the Money in the Bank briefcase. The question is, what will he do with it?
Winner: John Cena                                                                                            Predictions: 4 for 5

I thought that Money in the Bank was a good event. The slight problem is that it will be compared to last year's, where it deemed to be one of the best PPVs WWE have done in years. It's not as good as that but it still had some good matches such as the World Heavyweight Championship MITB match. However, I'm getting sick to death with every event ending with the John Cena. With the exception of the Royal Rumble, Cena has always ended the show "overcoming the odds" against the heel of the month. We'll wait and see if Summerslam will continue in that trend.

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