The WWE has done it again.
Thanks to a few thrilling matches, the WWE put on an amazing show at Money in the Bank 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The night started off with a bang, as eight wrestlers battled in a captivating ladder match. Dolph Ziggler eventually won the match, but not before Christian and Cody Rhodes displayed some incredible moves.
After that, Sheamus retained his World Heavyweight Championship by beating Alberto Del Rio in fairly boring fashion. CM Punk also retained his WWE Championship, finishing off Daniel Bryan in front of guest ref AJ.
In the main event, John Cena became Mr. Money in the Bank by defeating Kane, Chris Jericho, Big Show and The Miz. It was an incredible match, with all men performing some amazing feats for the fans. Eventually Cena hung on, wrestling the briefcase away from Big Show and bashing him over the head with it.
|1. Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow, Tyson Kidd, Christian, Santino Marella, Tensai, Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara to earn the World Heavyweight Championship contract.|
|2. Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.|
|3. Primo and Epico defeated Titus O'Neil and Darren Young.|
|4. CM Punk defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship .|
|5. Ryback defeated Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks.|
|6. Layla, Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka defeated Beth Phoenix, Natalya and Eve.|
7. John Cena defeated Kane, Chris Jericho, Big Show and The Miz to earn the WWE Championship contract.
It was botch-mania early in the Money in the Bank ladder match. As the fine folks at Ring Rust Radio pointed out, Sin Cara was the main perpetrator.
Despite the early struggles, it turned out to be one hell of a match. Bleacher Report's Brian Mazique was one of the many who was impressed.
This #WWEMITB match is actually pretty awesome— Brian Mazique (@BrianMazique) July 16, 2012
Sheamus started out shaky in the World Heavyweight Championship, as Wrestling News Source stated.
The Twitterverse wasn't too thrilled with Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio. This fan summed up the general reaction.
Sheamus and Del Rio is boring, this is why I didn't wanna see it. #MITB— Melvin Blitzny (@Heelprince) July 16, 2012
The tag-team match between the Prime Time Players and Primo and Epico was defined by the incessant ramblings of AW. Fan Dena Centenero was one of many who weren't amused.
Please god, someone rip that mic from AW's face— Dena Centenero (@WrestleDena) July 16, 2012
Before the WWE Championship match, Daniel Bryan walked out in a hideous jacket, and ESPN's Robert Flores thinks he knows where he got it.
Someone went to the thrift store. Aheemmm... Daniel Bryan.#MITB— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) July 16, 2012
AJ was the guest referee for the championship match, but she was knocked out of the match early. As The Sun reporter Rob McNichol observed, her exit was a bit fishy.
Erm, isn't AJ a wrestler? One little bump to the outside and we are supposed to believe she needs treatment? #MITB— Rob McNichol (@RobMcNichol) July 16, 2012
To nobody's surprise, AJ returned before the end of the match, which CM Punk won in thrilling fashion. WrestlingINC.com has the details:
Immediately following Punk vs. Bryan, the giant Ryback went toe-to-toe with Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks. Bleacher Report's Graham Mirmina couldn't have been more stoked.
OMFGGGG! CURT HAWKINS AND TYLER REKS ARE ACTUALLY GETTING AN ENTRANCE... ON PAY-PER-VIEW!! YES YES YES! #MITB— Graham Mirmina (@SAVE_US_GSM) July 16, 2012
Unfortunately for Graham, Ryback destroyed them both in a matter of minutes. As Dave Simon pointed out, it was actually his toughest match thus far.
Before the final match of the night, six divas got in the ring to duke it out. I've got to agree with WWE Comedy's in-fight analysis.
With the five superstars entering the ring for the final match, the people at Ring Rope Rebellion didn't think it would stack up with the other big matches from the night.
In the end, it was just as entertaining, though. Cena is the 2012 Mr. Money in the Bank, and announcer Joey Styles thinks CM Punk could be in trouble soon.
After Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler attempted to cash in his World Heavyweight Championship contract. Unfortunately, he failed miserably, as Sheamus quickly finished him off with the Brogue Kick.
That was just one of many highlights on the night. For more, check out Bleacher Report's official WWE page.