WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Results: Questions Answered and Lessons Learned
Money in the Bank 2012 is in the books and many questions lingering from the build up have been answered with authority, while others—well—still linger.
Who will win the World Heavyweight and WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder matches?
Will AJ affect Daniel Bryan or CM Punk?
What will the filler matches be?
What other titles are on the line?
Fans learned the answers to these questions and learned many more lessons in the process. Here are the 13 key developments.
Is the Tag Team Division Back on Track?
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth are the current tag team champions.
The PrimeTime Players—Darren Young and Titus O'Neill—are the number one contenders.
Fans have been watching this feud slowly build.
So why in the heck would the WWE put the champs against Hunico and Camacho on the pre-show and PTP against Primo and Epico on the card?
There is no viable explanation for this.
WWE dropped the ball.
Lesson learned: The tag team division is still not where it needs to be.
Are Hunico and Camacho Worthy Tag Team Competition?
Hunico might be one of the more underrated superstars on the roster.
He definitely carried his team.
With some work, the team of Hunico and Camacho can resemble The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher). Mosh was the quicker guy with better moves and Thrasher provided the power spots. Mosh also did most of the talking.
The headbanger shtick worked as a tag team but couldn't take them any further as individuals. Same goes for the current gangster personas of Hunico and Camacho.
Worthy? Sure, for a pre-show, non-title match.
Lesson learned: Hunico is legitimate. The team could be something soon, but they aren't there yet.
Did the World Heavyweight Money in the Bank Match Deliver?
Well, I wouldn't say it far exceeded expectations, but it easily met them.
There were power spots and high-flying spots.
Fans received basically what was expected from each competitor, and the result was pretty much foreseeable as well.
Lesson learned: Even with its predictability, it was still a good match.
Did Tyson Kidd Make the Most of His Opportunity?
Tyson Kidd seemed to be one of the biggest dark-horse candidates for winning the World Heavyweight Money in the Bank ladder match.
So did he deliver, or fall to the way side?
First, he took a ton of punishment via the ladders. Then he nearly wins (had it not been so early, it might have been more believable).
After tons of battling, Kidd produced the craziest stunt of the match.
That's making the most of an opportunity to shine.
Lesson learned: The kid—Tyson Kidd—is for real.
Will There Be Any Feuds Post WHC MITB?
Dolph Ziggler won the match to earn the right to challenge Sheamus.
Cody Rhodes and Christian have already feuded.
Tensai, Tyson Kidd, Damien Sandow and Santino Marella aren't doing much of anything at the moment.
Will anything carry over?
The way Tensai and Kidd battled in the weeks leading up to and during Money in the Bank leads me to believe this one isn't over.
I think Marella versus Sandow makes perfect sense, but I don't see it happening.
Lesson learned: Outside of Ziggler and Kidd, the World Heavyweight Money in the Bank match didn't do too much for anyone else.
Is the WWE Championship Money in the Bank Match Really Only Four Superstars?
Quick slide, quick answer: No!
The Miz is back!
Finally, the WWE has given him something to do. Not only that, but he shoots right back to the top of the game (hopefully).
Lesson learned: The WWE is full of surprises/The Miz is back!
Will There Be a Cash in Tonight?
With the WWE Championship MITB featured last, the only cash-in possible would be Dolph Ziggler on Sheamus.
Naturally, it happened.
Ziggler came out post-Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio to utilize his contract, but Sheamus ended those intentions with a quick Brogue Kick.
Lesson learned: Ziggler won't get a cheap cash-in victory at Money in the Bank.
Will We See Ryback?
Of course Ryback made his typical, unannounced handicap match appearance.
At least this time it was against Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins.
This is good for two reasons: Ryback is getting more legitimate competition and Reks and Hawkins are getting air time (not to mention pay-per-view time).
Lesson learned: Ryback is finally moving up.
Will the Divas Title Be on the Line?
The WWE Divas Championship was not on the line.
There was zero build up for any semblance of a match, and Beth Phoenix versus Layla is played out.
Yet, the divas were still featured.
Of course, the majority of the match saw Layla and Phoenix duking it out anyway. Naturally, the entire match lasted less than 10 minutes.
Lesson learned: The WWE is not giving up on the Divas division.
Who Will AJ Pick?
AJ has been caught up in recent months between infatuation for CM Punk and leftover feelings for Daniel Bryan.
At Money in the Bank, she had a chance to reveal who she supports.
But she didn't.
She went both ways in fair fashion.
Lesson learned: The "AJ is crazy and confused" angle isn't over just yet.
Will CM Punk Versus Daniel Bryan Be the Match of the Night?
Daniel Bryan challenged CM Punk for the WWE Championship with AJ as the special guest referee.
Oh yeah, and it was no disqualification.
The match was perfect.
The two got technical inside and out of the ring. They used the ropes, they used weapons, wicked kicks, submissions and more. The bout was a mastery of talent at its finest.
The best part? AJ hardly got involved.
I'm not sure there's many out there that would be disappointed with this feud seeing one more battle.
Lesson learned: Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are truly two of the best in the business and should be around for a long, long time.
Can Super Cena Be Stopped?
The Big Show entered the match as the unstoppable force—John Cena left the match with the moniker.
Once again, Cena outdid his competition, delivering impressive Attitude Adjustments along the way.
Four former champions—one awesome, one the best in the world, one a weapon of mass destruction and one the devil's favorite demon—and a plethora of ladders couldn't stop Cena from winning.
Lesson learned: The speculation was accurate—CM Punk and SummerSlam are next on the list for Cena.
Was the PPV Too Predictable?
Dolph Ziggler or Cody Rhodes were predicted to win the first match. Ziggler did it.
Hunico and Camacho stood no chance.
Alberto Del Rio stood no chance.
The divas match was the bathroom break.
Ryback beat two guys.
CM Punk retained.
AJ is still crazy.
John Cena won.
Lesson learned: Too predictable? Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!