WWE Money in the Bank, like the match that it was named after, was filled with promise as a pair of Money in the Bank matches and the highly anticipated payoff for the AJ-Bryan-Punk angle were on tap.
With many of the expected results coming to fruition by the end of the pay-per-view, Money in the Bank's status quo in 2012 was the complete opposite of the riveting spectacle of 2011's Money in the Bank—widely regarded as the best pay-per-view of 2011.
AJ stood, rather irrelevantly, during what was a very good match. Her failure to make a big move was a disappointment for fans who ponied up the dough to see the payoff for what has been a compelling angle.
AJ stood at the epicenter of interest for fans who have been sucked in to the soap opera love triangle between AJ, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.
Instead of a tangible payoff, fans only received more indecision from AJ, who skipped her way all the way to the bank in an angle still too be continued.
We very well could have seen the two worst Money in the Bank matches in history. Participants in the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE Money in the Bank match clunked through a series of spots.
The big spot of the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank match saw Tyson Kidd, rather awkwardly, power bomb Dolph Ziggler from a ladder after a unique springboard.
John Cena won his WWE Championship Money in the Bank after accidentally pulling off the chord while striking Big Show with it.
For the signature matches of a pay-per-view to come up short, it only dampers the brand value and prestige of an otherwise important match.
The WWE knows they're going to have three hours to fill with primarily in-ring content. Each pay-per-view they air multiple unannounced matches with no build, making it impossible for fans to get emotionally involved and thus taking away from the pay-per-view.
The WWE dedicated weeks of TV time building up a love triangle between AJ, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan that ultimately had no payoff, yet they aired three matches that could have benefited from minimal pre-match storytelling.
Come-down or not, a pay-per-view would only be enhanced if everything it had to showcase came off as relevant.
Had it not been for the Money in the Bank matches—which weren't very good to begin with—this pay-per-view would have come off as unnecessary.
Dolph Ziggler winning the Money in the Bank match, while a new development, seems overdue. John Cena carrying around a Money in the Bank briefcase pretty much guarantees an 11th WWE Championship reign for the top star.
Is that really a new development?
The fact that the WWE charged fans to tune into an event with no real plot twists or justification for the high price tag will only hurt future pay-per-views going forward.
Most everything about the tag team match between the Prime Time Players and the team of Primo and Epico was entertaining, even the sideshow antics from AW during the match.
In the past several weeks, the Prime Time Players have been booked to exit matches early in true heel fashion, which is OK given their status as heels as they prepare to challenge the tag team champions.
But to have the surging young team lose cleanly to Primo and Epico further dilutes the tag team title picture, as the No. 1 contenders are made to look weak.
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