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Money in the Bank Review
While Sunday's Money in the Bank card wasn't as deep as it could have been, there were certainly some great moments and entertaining matches.
Dolph Ziggler secured the world heavyweight championship contract to open the night, Sheamus retained his title against Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk defeated Daniel Bryan to keep the WWE championship and John Cena closed the night by securing the Money in the Bank contract for Punk's championship.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What Grade Does Money in the Bank Deserve?
While it certainly didn't live up to the level of last year's Money in the Bank, which ended with CM Punk defeating Cena for the WWE championship in his hometown of Chicago, the 2012 edition of the event was solid. Even if there weren't many classic moments that fans will always remember, there were four very good matches and the booking decisions were largely correct.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Because Money in the Bank was so good in 2010 and 2011, we had high hopes, and although it may not have lived up to them completely, the consensus was that Money in Bank was a strong seven on a 1-10 scale.
The SmackDown ladder match was fantastic and Ziggler winning was the perfect ending. The Punk vs. Bryan match was probably one of the WWE's best this year as well.
Cena winning was expected and that ladder match wasn't the best by any means, but it was entertaining and helped round out the night.
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There was plenty to talk about during the aftermath of Money in the Bank, as AJ accepted a proposal from Bryan on RAW and Cena made his decision regarding when he would cash in his contract. Those two moments, as well as the return of Rey Mysterio and a great segment between Ziggler and Chris Jericho ensured the 999th RAW was a very good one.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is John Cena's Cash-In Being Handled Correctly?
The WWE tried to tease that Cena would cash in on Punk after Big Show beat the WWE champion down following their match, but those who have grown accustomed to Cena knew better.
The popular thought was that he would announce a match against Punk at SummerSlam ahead of time, much like Rob Van Dam did to Cena at One Night Stand several years ago. Cena announced they would have a match on next week's 1,000th RAW instead, however, which should headline a stacked show.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
While the majority of the panel drank up the WWE's RAW 1,000 Kool-Aid, there is no question that Cena's cash-in could have been handled in a much better manner.
I totally understand Cena's character is that of a role model and a guy who does everything the right way, but he has been the exact same guy for about six years and could stand to change a little bit. I'm not going to suggest that he should turn heel, but he would benefit from some added edge to his character.
Cena choosing to cash in his contract in a match rather than doing it against a vulnerable champion was painfully obvious, and part of the reason why people have rebelled against him.
Had the WWE decided to have another Punk vs. Bryan match at SummerSlam with Punk retaining and then had Cena cash in the way most Money in the Bank winners have, it would have made Cena seem a bit more ruthless and he would have gained more support because of it.
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RAW 1,000 Preview
The 1,000th episode of RAW has been advertised by WWE to the max over the past couple of months and it will finally commence this coming Monday.
There are a ton of potential returns to look forward to, and RAW will officially move to three hours permanently. Rather than putting a lot of time into Money in the Bank and SummerSlam, all of WWE's efforts have gone toward RAW 1,000 in hopes that it can help kick start the show's rating moving forward.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What Will Be the Best Part of RAW 1,000?
The three main things that we already know are going to happen for sure are Punk vs. Cena for the WWE championship, the AJ and Bryan wedding, as well as a confrontation between Brock Lesnar and Triple H with regards to the COO's SummerSlam challenge.
All of them are certainly intriguing for one reason or another, and they figure to dominate the majority of the three hours that RAW will be on the air on Monday.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
This is a tough call, since all three of those things have the potential to be great, but the Lesnar/Triple H situation is drawing us in most. The Punk vs. Cena match is going to be good, but a cash-in at SummerSlam following a Punk match would have been better.
Also, it's obvious that somebody is going to crash the wedding and our money is on Kane. He never really got closure with AJ and has no other storyline in place currently.
Lesnar and Triple H have been on the back-burner lately, so there is a lot of building left to be done. Also, Paul Heyman and Shawn Michaels are likely to get involved in some capacity, so there are endless possibilities.
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