With a wild Money in the Bank pay-per-view out of the way, it’s time for the WWE to prepare for their go-home show to the 1,000th episode of RAW.
As much as the PPV should have been the payoff for most of the top storylines in the company, it is clear that the WWE used Money in the Bank as a holdover for their preparation leading up to RAW’s 1,000th episode next week as well as for SummerSlam in August.
Let’s just hope WWE doesn’t mail this episode in like they did last week.
Will RAW disappoint tonight?
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV
When: Monday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Full Money in the Bank Results
WWE Champion CM Punk def. Daniel Bryan in a No Disqualification Match.
John Cena won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship Contract.
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio.
Dolph Ziggler won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Championship Contract.
Divas Champion Layla, Kaitlyn & Tamina def. Eve, Beth Phoenix & Natalya.
Primo & Epico def. The Prime Time Players.
WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston def. Hunico & Camacho.
Ryback def. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks.
The Briefcase Boyz
With another amazing duo of Money in the Bank ladder matches saving the solid show, the WWE has a new set of briefcase boys: John Cena and Dolph Ziggler. No surprise there.
Question on Everybody's Mind: When will they cash in?
While Ziggler’s cash-in should come in typical fashion (i.e. cashing in after the champion has just won or lost a hard-fought battle), Cena’s cash-in has the potential to be something totally different.
Hype Meter: 5-out-of-5 interesting briefcase angles
Fans will love Zig-Zag’s cash-in as long as he wins gold, so the WWE is in a good position there. With that said, the company has a unique chance to make something special happen with Cena’s briefcase.
As much as certain fans will hate it, the best way for Cena to cash in his briefcase and remain a face would be to tell CM Punk that he is cashing it in at SummerSlam, just like Rob Van Dam did to Cena at ECW’s One Night Stand.
Rumor Mill: Vince McMahon’s Plans for 1,000th RAW (WrestleZone)
WWE Title Drama
With Daniel Bryan losing on the big stage yet again, the feeling has to be that this story is over and the WWE will be moving these stars onto bigger and better things. Right?
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is the love triangle over?
In all honesty, and judging from A.J.’s look after Punk won the match last night, there is still at least one more chapter to be written in the book of crazy. Whether or not it ends up with Bryan as WWE champion is something that continues to be very unlikely.
Hype Meter: 4-out-of-5 General Hospital scripts
The match between Punk and Bryan was amazing and the entire battle for the past few months has been one of the best in recent memory. Love or hate the infusion of A.J., but more casual fans care about Punk and Bryan now than ever before.
This is working, so why stop?
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