WWE Money in the Bank 2012: PPV Sets Up Raw 1,000 to Be Biggest in History
World Wrestling Entertainment's latest pay-per-view (PPV) Money in the Bank 2012 has perfectly set up Raw 1,000.
By not having any shockers and sticking to a predictable script, the stage has been set for Raw 1,000 to be one of the most memorable experiences for wrestling fans in the history of the company. MITB itself was more a means to an end (Raw 1,000) than your average PPV because of the magnitude and anticipation behind Raw 1,000.
Money in the Bank 2012 sparked a renewed interest in the following night’s WWE Raw—about 4.8 million people tuned in to see the aftermath of the event. This number isn’t even remotely close to the possibility of a projected seven million viewers for Raw 1,000.
While people’s interest were piqued for the night after event, there is going to be unprecedented attention paid to a star studded three-hour Raw 1,000 lineup that will include the return of The Rock, a Degeneration-X reunion, the proposed wedding of AJ and Daniel Bryan and the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and John Cena.
It only makes sense that Cena will use his MITB briefcase to take on Punk at Raw 1,000. It’s the perfect stage. It’s the ultimate cable television event and the biggest event of his already huge career. Cena and Punk are easily the two biggest draws in the WWE today. Pushing a feud between the two that begins with an epic bout on Raw 1,000 is just smart business—it’s pretty exciting too.
There’s also that little thing about those cashing in the briefcase always winning the championship. Cena has been victim to this in the past, losing his title and being vocally against the briefcase as a means to capturing a title.
Wouldn’t it be fitting if he were the first to lose after cashing in the case?
Money in the Bank saw the end of Daniel Bryan’s push. However, the ensuing proposal on Raw the following night will be the beginning of a different kind of push for Bryan. The timing is perfect. Something big is going to come of Bryan’s wedding plans, something that’s going to define his character for the foreseeable future.
The Raw 1,000 card has been stacked of meaningful things to look for in the aftermath of Money in the Bank. Unknown and surprise events will likely steal the show as the three-hour spectacle graces millions of television sets across the country on July 23.
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