WWE Money in the Bank 2012: The Top 6 Mistakes Made
Wrestling pay-per-views are not cheap. They cost more than going to the movies, getting a couple of decent seats at a MLB game and nearly the price of a brand new video game.
If fans are going to shell out a lot of money, it should be expected that the shows they pay for live up to their potential and get them excited about the current product and future story lines.
In theory, a satisfied customer will then order the next one.
No show can be perfect, but sometimes WWE just makes glaring mistakes. It would actually be odd if they didn't make a few every show, and Money in the Bank 2012 was no exception.
Here are the top six mistakes that WWE made during the event.
No. 6: Sheamus Gets the Best of Ziggler... Again
Internet fans everywhere jumped for joy when Ziggler won the Money in the Bank match. It looks like he may finally be on his way to the main events.
As great as his win was, at this point in time, it's a little hard to get excited about the prospect of Sheamus vs. Ziggler, as the Celtic Warrior has already beat Dolph multiple times lately.
Lucky for Ziggler, he doesn’t need to fight fairly. Like nearly every Money in the Bank winner before him, he’ll most likely cash in when his opponent is down.
It would have been nice to have Ziggler have his night, instead of failing to cash in later in the show. It added a little bit of excitement and was a nice tease, but it just made Ziggler look weak again, which is not what he needs if they’re going to finally get serious about pushing him.
No. 5: Beth Takes the Pin
Complaining about the Divas division has been too easy the past few years, but still when something doesn't make sense it's okay to ask why.
The most dominant female in the Divas division was pinned in about three minutes in a six-woman tag match.
First of all, there was no real reason to have the match on the show, and second of all why should Beth have been the one to take the pin?
By defeating the former champion so quickly, Layla gained nothing from the win. The announcers didn't make a big deal of it as it was quickly forgotten. More importantly, who can Layla feud with next? Unless Sara Del Ray is going to join immediately or Kharma somehow comes back as a heel, there was no reason to job Beth out again.
If only WWE would ask themselves how the outcome of a match could best serve the overall story, we wouldn't have nonsense like this.
No. 4: Paying to Watch Ryback
For four consecutive pay-per-views in a row, fans have had to pay to watch a Ryback match.
Never mind the fact that WWE gives these things out for free on a weekly basis, but now Ryback's squashing of his opponents is becoming a staple on their big shows.
Ryback is kind of over, sure. But fans aren’t clamoring for him yet. He’s still getting a healthy share of “Goldberg” chants every time he comes out.
That’s not good.
I understand the philosophy of trying to bring the crowd down a little in between big matches, but can’t WWE figure out a different way to do it?
They say he has an undefeated streak (as long as you agree to forget about Skip Sheffield), but what’s his win total at? Why should we care when he beats jobbers if there’s not some sort of goal or record that he’s working his way to?
Worse yet, WWE sacrificed a pretty talented tag team to Ryback. Why should fans care about tag title matches on a show when one man can destroy one of the only teams in the division by himself?
No. 3: Punk Doesn't Take the Main Event
Punk taking a backseat to Cena in matches was getting ridiculous a few months ago. Now it’s just sad.
Rock vs. Cena in the main event? Absolutely, it makes sense.
Brock vs. Cena? Yep, I’m cool with that too.
Laurinaitis vs. Cena? That’s really stretching it.
You could say this is all part of the story. Maybe, maybe not. But even so, do you think WWE really planned this story out months ago when they kept putting Cena in the main event over Punk?
This is the same company that said that Hornswoggle was the anonymous general manager all along.
There are so many questions to ask:
Why would a No.1 contender’s match go on after the actual title match? Why would a company bury their own champion? Why would wrestlers want to fight for a title when they are not even going to be in the most prestigious match on the show if they win?
In all of the incompetence that TNA and WCW have (had) shown throughout the years, they never had as long a stretch as this—where their own world champion did not close out the show.
WWE may have some very minor short-term gain in trying to send the crowds home happy with seeing Cena in the top spot, but they’re doing long-term damage to their top title by not featuring it like they should.
No. 2: The Miz Returns Too Soon
The Miz’s return was not awesome, it was actually pretty mediocre.
It’s understandable why WWE brought the Miz back now. His movie has finished shooting, and next week RAW will be on three hours every week.
They’re going to need all the talent they can get.
The problem is that he came back way too soon for us to have forgotten about how lousy his push was in the last year.
Miz was jobbing to everyone after he lost his title, and then he had a moment at WrestleMania where it looked like things may have changed for the better.
Then he went right on back to looking up at the ceiling, while on his back, at the end of every match.
WWE should have instead built up his return and made him seem like a star. A former world champion is coming back!
A series of vignettes could have accomplished this. Instead, he shows up unannounced and loses his first match back.
No. 1: Cena Wins Money in the Bank
Get ready for Cena vs. Punk: The Summer Sequel
Well, we’re right back where we were one year ago with the Summerslam main event. The problem is that it’s nowhere near as hot as it was last year.
Punk was still riding high off of his famous promo at this time last summer, but now he's cooled off considerably. Even if the storyline is good, there's no way they can top last year's feud. At best it will be some pretty good leftovers from the fridge.
With RAW going to three hours, it would be a great time to shake things up and give some new acts a shot. Instead, we’re destined to see a rerun of the feud from last year.
Good luck trying to hold off Monday Night Football by giving fans the same main feud that they have already paid to see multiple times.
Don’t get me wrong, the alternatives were not very appealing either. Big Show or Kane winning would have ended the show with a thud. Chris Jericho already lost his feud with Punk, and Miz hasn’t been built up enough to be a believable threat.
Don’t feel bad for WWE, though, they’ve put themselves in this position.
With the 1,000th RAW fast approaching, WWE is sending a statement that they’re in rerun mode. Maybe if you are flipping channels in a few months and come back things will be different.
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