WWE Money in the Bank 2012: Results and Grades for Each Match
Money in the Bank rolled in tonight, promising to bring us new title contenders for both the WWE and World Heavyweight championships. We were treated to a couple title matches and the crowd favorite ladder matches.
How did the nights matches go at Money in the Bank? Did they deliver or did they leave us wanting more?
Here are the full results and grades for each match on the show.
Kofi Kingston and R Truth vs. Hunico and Camacho
The Youtube preshow was pretty entertaining to start off with, as the WWE Tag Team champs Kofi Kingston and R Truth defeated Hunico and Camacho.
The match had great action. Kingston and Truth both had great showings, Camacho was impressive and as I usually say, Hunico looked great. Hunico needs a push, but that may have to wait until a cruiserweight division returns.
There were some nice spots, like the hurricanranas that Kingston put on Hunico and the power moves of Camacho. I am a big fan of Hunico and Camacho as a team, so hopefully we continue to see them.
World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Match
Despite a couple of noticeable botches (Sin Cara and Dolph Ziggler, Tensai powerbomb on Santino,) the "SmackDown" Money in the Bank ladder match was amazing. Lots of crazy spots were complimented by hard bumps and the winning of the match by Dolph Ziggler.
Tyson Kidd and Sin Cara had some nice high flying spots. Ziggler and Cody Rhodes did a nice job "vulturing" ladder climbs. Christian and Santino Marella did their jobs and performed well. Tensai was okay, but his best redeeming value was the manhandling he did at the end of the match.
The only person who was not really noticeable in the match was Damien Sandow. He had some nice moments, but I almost forgot he was in the match at points.
All in all, it was a great way to kick off the pay-per-view. My favorite spot was Tensai tossing Ziggler over the announce table. Ziggler had huge hang time.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
This title match between del Rio and Sheamus was pretty solid, but nothing we haven't seen out of them before. Del Rio isolated the arm and Sheamus prevailed.
Del Rio got good heat from the crowd, thus proving his worth as a top heel. Both men worked a solid match, proving that Sheamus is a pretty good wrestler.
Dolph Ziggler tried to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, but was Brogue Kicked before the match could start. I was really hoping Ziggler would win the belt, but it definitely provides for a future feud.
Primo and Epico vs. the Primetime Players
For the filler match, we got a tag team match between the Prime Time Players and Primo and Epico. It was a solid match with some nice spots throughout.
Although I thought the ending of the match was bush league, as Primo won with a roll up, the overall match was solid. I think Darren Young is a solid worker, but Primo and Epico are great. Unfortunately, they don't get much of a crowd reaction.
In the end, the No.1 contenders were beaten, which makes little to no sense. Are Primo and Epico the No.1 contenders now?
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
It was not the technical masterpiece that most of their previous matches were, but it was an entertaining brawl with powerful strikes, chair shots and kendo sticks.
When AJ was taken out of the match early, I figured she would be back to play a factor in the match. In her absence, there was impressive brawling and some "hardcore" elements.
As was telegraphed, AJ came back to the ring. She provided a chair, but that was about it. Her presence took away from the match, as it slowed down the action.
In the end, CM Punk won with a back suplex through a table. I was happy AJ counted the three and didn't screw anyone over. Solid match, even though it wasn't their best "technical" match.
Ryback vs. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks
This was actually a non-squash match for Ryback and to be honest, it was fun to watch.
Ryback actually faced adversity in the match as Reks and Hawkins beat him down for a bit. In the end, Ryback pinned Reks and continued his dominance.
Layla, Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka vs. Beth Phoenix, Natalya and Eve Torres
The crowd was not into this, even though it was a decent showing my the ladies.
Layla finished Beth Phoenix with a neckbreaker, and Phoenix's slip to obscurity continues. It's a shame how they book Natalya and Phoenix, as they are the best two females in the company in terms of wrestling skills.
WWE Championship Money in the Bank Match
It wasn't nearly as entertaining as the earlier ladder match, but it wasn't horrible.
There were some good moments on the ladder with guys duking it out. Cena putting Big Show through the Spanish announce table was a nice spot.
All in all, it was not the most impressive match. It was okay, but the match was missing flyers and guys who could have provided exciting spots.
No surprise, Cena won here, as if he really needed it.
On the whole, this was not the best pay-per-view of the year, but I enjoyed Money in the Bank.
The match of the night was probably the World Heavyweight Championship ladder match. It had the most exciting spots and provided us with an intriguing winner in Dolph Ziggler.