Miz-ter Money in the Bank: An In-Depth Look at the Outcome

Bleacher ReportContributor IJuly 19, 2010

Close the books on Money in the Bank, the results are in. And what a show it was! It was, in my opinion, one of the best PPVs of the year so far.  Here’s the run down, match by match…

Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Big Show vs. Matt Hardy vs. Christian vs. Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler

Outcome: Kane wins

This match was a great opener for the show. I had a feeling either this or the tag team match would be the opener.  Although, there was never a moment in this match where I felt, “OMG, he’s totally gonna win right here,” about anyone. In case you were wondering, ladder matches turn me briefly into a twelve year old girl, that’s why I might have said that. There were some great moments, however. There was Big Show grabbing his ladder and quite possibly swearing because he couldn’t get it into the ring, Kofi Kingston doing his boom drop onto Drew McIntyre on the Spanish announce table (poor guys, they always just wait to get shafted). Also, the great pile of ladders on top of Big Show (and one thrown in out of nowhere, loved it) onto which were a plethora of choke slams from Kane. In the end, was there any doubt that The Big Red Monster would be able to win this match? He may not have been one of my first picks but I believe in my previous slideshow after stating who I thought would win (Drew McIntyre) I said, and I quote, “Or maybe I’m completely off and it’ll be either Big Show or Kane.” I consider that a win on my part and one point for me.

Diva's Championship Match

Diva's Champion Alicia Fox vs. Eve Torres

Outcome: Alicia Fox retains

I continue to be unimpressed and, to be quite frank, bored by the current Diva’s division in the WWE. This match did nothing to change that. I also predicted this one, quite easily, actually. They needed to give Fox a legitimate win over a competitor to help establish her.

Unified Tag Team Championship Match

Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty vs. The Usos

Outcome: The Hart Dynasty retains

What I said about the Diva’s division goes also for the tag division, or lack thereof. While this match had some potential, it did not live up to what it could have been. Although, I saw a glimmer of hope for the future of these tag teams as I was mildly entertained as opposed to the usual bored to sleep. Maybe there’s hope for the tag team division of WWE, only time will tell.

Just to keep score, I’m currently three for three with my predictions, can we keep it going?

World Heavyweight Championship Match

World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger

Outcome: Rey Mysterio retains

Ah, the first match I got wrong. I really felt that Swagger needed this win to reestablish himself as a dominant force on Smackdown. I mean, sure he’s got that ankle lock, but I feel he needs the title. This match was a pretty good one. You have the great technical style of Jack Swagger going up against the freeform, high octane offense of the Master of the 619, Rey Mysterio. Then we saw shades of the late, great Eddie Guerrero with Rey’s boot removal before the fateful ankle lock. I was really surprised to see him retain. But, then… Of course…

Kane cashes in his Money in the Bank contract

Outcome: Kane defeats Rey Mysterio

We have a new World Heavyweight Champion, my friends. Oh yes, the Big Red Machine, Kane. This is a long overdue title for Kane. Besides this, Mysterio needed time off to finally fully heal from pain he’s been feeling since before Wrestlemania.

Women's Championship Match

Women's Champion Layla vs. Kelly Kelly

Outcome: Layla retains

Yes, I did get another one wrong. That makes me currently three for five (I don’t count Kane as one), which I think is fairly respectable considering my lack of experience with the WWE. Remember what I said before about the Diva’s division? Well, copy and paste that here. Although I would like to add this… Mmmm, Kelly Kelly, me like the way you look. That being said, the WWE needs to get their act together and sign some Diva’s who can actually wrestle and not only the ones who are pleasant to look at. Remember the days of Trish Stratus, Chyna, Mickie James, etc? Why would they get rid of Mickie James, quite possibly their most talented Diva? Because she was late for the bus? She wants to sing, too? Chris Jericho is in a band. Chris Jericho hosts a game show. I don’t see you releasing one of your most talented superstars in Chris Jericho because he’s got some other stuff going on the side. Right now I don’t see one Diva on the roster (besides Phoenix, who is injured) that is good in the ring. Figure it out, WWE. You’re boring me.

Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Randy Orton vs. John Morrison vs. Evan Bourne vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. US Champion The Miz vs. Mark Henry

Outcome: The Miz wins

This match made me believe in Santa again. This match made me believe that if I lost a tooth, a fairy would leave me a coin. This match made me believe that dogs and cats could live together in harmony. This match turned me into a child. If you can’t tell, I was pleased with this match, although I may be overhyping it a bit. There didn’t seem to be a dull moment in this match, exactly what a MitB match is supposed to be. We had Evan Bourne and John Morrison jumping all over the place, climbing everything possible, Edge and Jericho who are never to be trusted, the World’s Strongest Man kicking ass and taking names, even a crazy French Canadian beauty in a red skirt trying to steal the victory. Greatest moments include, but are not limited to: Mark Henry pushing over both ladders full of stars; Edge and Miz attacking Morrison in the rungs of the ladder with Edge turning on Miz; drop kick and two finishers taking down Mark Henry; Maryse trying to steal the show and victory from her beau, Ted DiBiase; Evan Bourne climbing Mark Henry’s shoulders on the ladder; Evan Bourne almost nabbing the briefcase while Chris Jericho dangled helplessly from the rungs below (I really thought this was it); and, of course, The Miz pushing over The Viper, Randy Orton, to steal the victory, the briefcase, but most importantly, his moment. After winning the match, The Miz went on the microphone (of course) to tell us, “You are all living in my moment,” I really thought he was going to tell us to get out of his moment now. But, he went on, concluding with, “I am a future WWE Champion.” Now, I don’t know what you guys think but I can see The Miz being the guy who waits with the briefcase for a while and gloats about how he’ll find the right moment, stringing us along all the way to his WWE Championship.

WWE Championship Steel Cage match

WWE Champion Sheamus vs. John Cena

Outcome: Sheamus retains

If you didn’t think that Nexus was going to come and interfere with this match then you’re either stupid, you’ve been living under a rock, or you have way too much faith in the WWE to keep things fresh. Now, I have to say this was an entertaining bout from the get go. I found myself saying to myself, “Come on, you can climb out! Go, he’s down!” But they never do what you tell them to, do they? When Nexus did show up I loved the cajones on the referee who threw the cage keys into the crowd. Pretty ballsy move, dude. Can you say souvenir for a fan? But of course Nexus would try to keep both stars from escaping, failing to contain Sheamus who can’t seem to get a clean win by himself. Something I found rather intriguing though was when John Cena took Darren Young’s Nexus armband. Could this represent him taking down one of them, as he promised? Or, could this be the beginning of a heel turn?

I was thoroughly pleased with this PPV event. I’d even go so far as to say it may have been on par with, possibly better than, Wrestlemania XXI (which I found to be an utter disappointment, except for the HBK vs. ‘Taker match). What do you think? How did you like this event? Where do you think WWE is going with Kane? The Miz? Cena/Nexus? How about the lead in to Summerslam? Let the comments fly.

(This review is dedicated to the lovely Miss Andrea Billittier, as I had to leave her graduation party fairly early to watch the PPV. Love you!)