WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Results: Why MITB Was Largely a Disappointment
After a wildly successful Money in the Bank event in 2011, the WWE really missed their mark with the 2012 version.
While the event had a perplexedly lackluster buildup, the event itself was for the most part a disappointment.
Going into Money in the Bank 2012, arguably the most compelling story was the match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan with AJ as the special guest referee.
AJ's relationship with each fighter had this match built as the most anticipated of the night as well as perhaps the best from a talent perspective.
While Punk and Bryan didn't disappoint with their fight, the WWE failed when AJ left without picking a side.
Punk retained his title in a match that lived up to the hype, but the AJ mystery needed to end at MITB and having it drag on was unnecessary.
The Prime Time Players are the top contenders for the tag team titles currently owned by Kofi Kingston and R-Truth and there was a very nice feud between the two teams building for the event.
So why were the current champs placed on the pre-show match against Hunico and Camacho while the PT Players were put up against Primo and Epico?
There really seems to be no good answer to that question and the fact that Primo and Epico actually beat the PT Players only raises more questions.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth remain the unchallenged champions and the tag team division continues to fail to live up to the hype of the rest of the WWE.
While the ladder matches were definitely entertaining, they unfortunately were way too predictable and left fans wanting a little more.
With the world heavyweight championship, the WWE really missed a chance to put Tyson Kidd in the spotlight with a win.
Kidd had been on fire leading up to the fight, and although he came very close to winning, it would have been a very intriguing story had he walked away with the briefcase.
As anyone could have foreseen, the match came down to Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes, with Ziggler deservedly taking the title.
Ziggler earned his opportunity to challenge Sheamus after the Irishman defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain his belt.
Yet the WWE once again took the excitement out of it as Sheamus ended Ziggler's night immediately with a quick Brogue Kick before he could cash in his contract.
Money in the Bank 2012 culminated with another entertaining ladder match that unsurprisingly ended with John Cena taking the briefcase.
There was some excitement for a few brief moments that perhaps the ending was botched and Cena wasn't supposed to win.
However Dave Meltzer at F4WOnline.com cleared up any doubts, ensuring that Cena won as planned.
While it would have been extremely difficult to live up to the hype of last year's event, Money in the Bank 2012 turned into a major disappointment for the WWE.
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