WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Results: Biggest Winners from Crucial PPV

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Money in the Bank has developed into one of the most important pay-per-views on the WWE schedule. Since two championship contracts are handed out, it often projects the direction of storylines for the next couple months.

Sunday night was no different with several superstars receiving a nice boost. Let's take a look at the three biggest winners from the marquee event and take a look at where things might be headed for each of them moving forward.

 

Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler has deserved a major push for months and it appears the time has finally arrived. He outlasted seven other superstars to gain control of the World Heavyweight Championship briefcase, much to the pleasure of his growing legion of fans.

Judging by his actions toward Chris Jericho on Raw, it would make sense for Ziggler to feud with him heading into SummerSlam. It seems like Jericho's entire job since coming back has been playing whatever role it takes to help put other superstars over.

That's the type of elite feud Ziggler really needs to prove he can't handle himself atop the card before he's given an extended title reign. He's one of the WWE's most talented rising stars, so this is really just the beginning for him.

 

John Cena

Did John Cena need another high-profile victory? Of course not, but he got it anyway. He was in typical dominant form en route to a win over Big Show, Jericho, Kane and The Miz. It was his first Money in the Bank match and he won it with relative ease, in typical Cena fashion.

He announced on Monday night that he will be cashing in the briefcase to take on CM Punk at the 1,000th episode of Raw next week. Although that could be the development of an angle, it seems like a legitimate claim since the WWE wants to make the show unforgettable.

Beyond that, it wouldn't be surprising to see another feud with The Rock develop before next year's WrestleMania. The first one was a monster success, and Rocky will be there next Monday, likely to set his sights on the WWE Championship.

 

Ryback

This spot could have easily gone to CM Punk or Sheamus, but Ryback is worth keeping an eye on. He has moved past local enhancement workers and has now started beating actual WWE superstars, which means he passed the first big test.

Getting a gimmick like his to succeed takes time, so it's good to see the creative team slowly bringing him along instead of trying to do it all at once. At Money in the Bank, he defeated Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins in a handicap match.

Looking ahead, I would expect him to receive his first true match at SummerSlam. It's time to move beyond the squashes and see if he can handle his own in a back-and-forth affair. If he does, then it will be time to seriously start considering him for a midcard title run.