WWE’s 2013 Money in the Bank pay-per-view was one of the best in the history of the event, but there were several disappointing results from the top stars in the company.
All of the following wrestlers were expected to do great things in Philadelphia, but came up short.
There was no member of the WWE roster that had more momentum coming into Sunday’s Money in the Bank ladder match than Daniel Bryan, but he was unable to capitalize on that and win the briefcase.
Bryan was a favorite to walk out of Philadelphia victorious, but with five of the toughest competitors in the sport vying for the same prize and the unwarranted interference by Curtis Axel, Bryan was left on the back burner.
Despite losing the match and failing to live up to the expectations of becoming victorious, Bryan doesn’t look too weak coming out of this PPV because of the factors that went into the loss.
John Cena's selection of Bryan as the No. 1 contender on Monday's Raw helped ease the pain of the loss, though.
Mark Henry and John Cena
Coming into Sunday’s Money in the Bank PPV, Mark Henry was the top heel in the WWE and the most feared man on the roster. With defending champion John Cena physically scared of the behemoth, the stage was set for Henry to win the championship he deserved.
One submission win for Cena later and all the momentum the monster had created was thrown out the window.
The WWE could have done itself a favor by just giving Cena a clean pinfall victory, but the fact that the champion was booked to tap the toughest man in the company out is a testament to the awful planning that can plague PPVs.
Henry deserved so much better than to be tossed aside like Ryback, but just as every other top heel that has ever stepped in front of Cena has felt the wrath of the company’s top draw, the World’s Strongest Man was handed his career’s toughest loss.
Chris Jericho and Ryback
Chris Jericho is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but when he strolled out to the ring with half of his light-up jacket not working, it was a sign of what was about to happen in the ring.
As great as Y2J is, he couldn’t get Philadelphia to care about Ryback.
Jericho didn’t look to be as excellent in the ring as he typically is, and there was nothing that Ryback was doing that would help the case. While the match was adequate, the build to the bout was flat-out awful and no one cared.
Instead of the crowd picking sides in this match and getting loud, the Money in the Bank patrons sat on their hands until the end. Instead of blaming the performers, though, the fans must blame the creative team for a terrible job on this feud and Ryback’s character overall.
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