The 2013 edition of the WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view was one of the best shows of the year because it featured so many unpredictable results and mark-out moments.
Wrestling fans were treated to amazing in-ring action and storytelling throughout the PPV, but it was the swerves and returns that made the WWE Universe love this event so much.
Rob Van Dam Returns to Philadelphia
Former ECW and WWE champion Rob Van Dam returned to Philadelphia as a member of the Money in the Bank All Star ladder match and proved to all the doubters that he had plenty left in the tank for another run at the elite level.
Van Dam is one of the most skilled in-ring workers of the last 20 years, and while there is no doubt that he isn’t the athlete he was in ECW, the 42-year-old high flyer showed that he still has the ability to put on a great show for the fans.
Seeing Van Dam back in the WWE is a great addition by the company.
While the arrest that eventually led to the former champion’s downfall in WWE, per the Ironton Tribune, will always have the company on guard, this is a more mature and wiser Superstar than the one that was wrestling seven years ago.
Paul Heyman Crosses CM Punk
Ever since CM Punk told Paul Heyman that he didn’t want him ringside during his matches anymore, the slow burn has been building toward the eventual bout between Punk and Heyman’s other marquee client, Brock Lesnar.
While Heyman had claimed that he knew nothing about Lesnar’s attack on Punk, the way the manager cost his former client a chance at the WWE Championship briefcase signals the blowup of the duo and the start of the official build for Lesnar vs. Punk heading into SummerSlam.
Watching Heyman smash Punk with the ladder was stunning, but watching him hit his former best friend in the head and bust him wide open was something most fans didn’t expect.
As hard as it was to believe at the time, what it foreshadowed made the moment even more special.
Damien Sandow Steals the Blue Briefcase
The most intriguing bout of the entire PPV was the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match. With every participant a serious contender to win the briefcase, it was Cody Rhodes that stole the show and looked destined for glory.
That was, until his former best friend Damien Sandow stole the victory and blue briefcase out from underneath his nose. The dastardly deed was a result few in the WWE Universe saw coming, but was an absolute stroke of genius.
Not only has the WWE planted the seeds for the now red-hot Rhodes to turn face, but the momentum Sandow gained by becoming a serious heel that will do whatever it takes to win is the perfect way to bring both superstars to the next level.
Sandow may have won the match, but both Rhodes and the Intellectual Savior are getting the same rub from the briefcase and the ladder match.
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