WWE Money in the Bank 2011 Results: Match-by-Match Breakdown
It's time for WWE's second annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view, but unlike last year's event, Money in the Bank is being headlined by one of the biggest matches in recent WWE history.
There is also an undercard featuring two Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, a World Heavyweight Championship Match, a Divas Championship Match and Mark Henry vs. The Big Show.
The card was loaded potentially great matches, but overall the show failed to deliver.
Read through as I breakdown every match of the night and give each one a rating.
As always leave a comment below with your thoughts on WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
Daneil Bryan Wins the Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The first match of the night is the Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match featuring Kane, Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Cody Rhodes, Sin Cara, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus.
There was a nice balance to this match, some high-flyers that provided for some great aerial spots but also a good number of heavyweights to keep everything grounded.
Sin Cara was taken to the back on a stretcher a little less than half way through the match, and while it's great to sell the "destruction" of a Ladder Match, Sin Cara is still a rookie getting over with the crowd, and it was a bad move to have him taken out of the match.
After a pretty good Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Daniel Bryan won. Bryan is one of the best pure wrestlers in the world today, and this means that within the next year, he will be in the main event scene.
It's not something fans say very often, but this was good booking by WWE.
On a scale of one to 10, this match gets a seven.
Divas Championship: Kelly Kelly def. Brie Bella
Surprisingly good for a WWE Divas match, but that doesn't mean it was a good match. At least we are now one pay-per-view closer to Kharma's return.
Kelly Kelly defeated Brie Bella to retain her Divas Championship in a very not surprising booking move.
On a scale of one to 10, this match gets a three.
Mark Henry def. Big Show
This match was exactly what one would expect this match to be. Two not very nimble, extremely large powerhouses, well, being powerful.
That, however, is not to say it was a bad match, just slow at times. We did see a top-rope leap from Big Show, which was interesting, but other than that it was all punches, kicks, slams and a whole lot of Bigfoot-type grunting.
Mark Henry defeated the Big Show but didn't exit unit he dropped a Vader Bomb onto Big Show's leg/foot area.
On a scale of one to 10, this match gets a 4.5.
Alberto Del Rio Win the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match starts a bit differently than the Smackdown one, with each Superstar starting the match with a ladder in hand.
Like the Smackdown Ladder Mactch, between Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger and The Miz, the match had a nice balance of high-flyers and heavyweights.
Evan Bourne had an awesome spot, a Shooting Star Press onto everyone else in the match from the top of a ladder. It was only one spot, but being that the entire match was just average, this spot was the highlight.
The match wasn't horrible, but certainly was not as good as the Smackdown Money in the Bank Match.
Alberto Del Rio would go on to become Raw's Mr. Money in the Bank after winning a just-all right Ladder Match.
On a scale of one to 10, this match gets a five.
World Heavyweight Championship: Christian def. Randy Orton
The second to last match of the night was the World Heavyweight Championship match between Randy Orton and Christian.
For one of the main events of the night, the match was nothing special. The stipulation was that if Randy Orton got disqualified, Christian would win the World Heavyweight Championship, and that is exactly what happened.
While it's great to see Christian win the World Heavyweight Championship, as he is more than deserving of a legitimate World title run, winning belt the way he did after the match he had with Randy Orton was less than amazing.
Christian provoked Randy Orton to get intentionally disqualified by spitting in Orton's face. Orton kicked Christian below the belt, and that was that.
Losing gracefully was not part of Orton's agenda, though, as after the match he hit two RKOs on Christian on the announce table.
On a scale of one to 10, this match gets a 6.5.
WWE Championship: CM Punk def. John Cena
The main event of the night was one of the most anticipated matches in WWE in recently history and maybe even history, period.
This match was not only the match of the night, but is a serious contender for match of the year.
Both John Cena and CM Punk obviously put everything they have into this match, and it absolutely showed.
CM Punk defeated John Cena after an amazing match, but the night didn't end just there.
Mr. McMahon came down to the ring and called for Alberto Del Rio to cash in his Money in the Bank. Punk clubbed Del Rio before he could cash in and ran out of the arena through the crowd with his WWE Championship.
Now that Punk has the WWE Championship, it should be interesting to see what happens next.
On a scale of one to 10, this match gets a 9.5.
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