Hours removed from what may have been the WWE’s pay-per-view of the year, the wrestling world is still abuzz over Money in the Bank.
Christian finally won back the World Heavyweight Championship after Randy Orton was disqualified, while Mark Henry made his case for being the being the baddest man in professional wrestling.
In the surprise of the night, Daniel Bryan bested seven other superstars in the SmackDown Money in the Bank match to win a guaranteed shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.
Alberto Del Rio moved one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming the WWE Champion by winning Raw’s Money in the Bank match, but CM Punk threw a wrench in his plans by beating John Cena and evading Del Rio’s attempt to cash in his newly won Money in the Bank contract.
With two new champions, two new Money in the Bank winners, and the future of the WWE Championship in question, I bring you what I hope will be a regular feature after WWE pay-per-views, the Superstar Stock Report.
After coming out to one of the biggest pops in recent memory, CM Punk went on to capture the WWE Championship after a solid match with John Cena. CM Punk successfully evaded Del Rio’s attempt to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and escaped into the crowd, taking the WWE Championship with him and leaving the WWE Universe shocked.
It’s anyone’s guess what CM Punk will do next, but it’s safe to assume everyone will be watching and waiting for the Second City Saint’s next move.
The World’s Strongest Man made a powerful statement in his victory over the Big Show. While many are cautious about how Mark Henry’s latest monster push will go, one could only hope that Mark Henry continues to be the monster that SmackDown desperately needs.
Alberto Del Rio
Crazy eyebrows aside, Del Rio showed his worth in winning Raw’s Money in the Bank match. While CM Punk embarrassed him by escaping before he could cash in his Money in the Bank contract, it is only a matter a time before Del Rio’s destiny is fulfilled.
In the shocker of the night, the American Dragon Daniel Bryan overcame the odds and won SmackDown’s Money in the Bank match.
As the feud between Christian and Randy Orton remains unfinished, expect Daniel Bryan to continue his rivalry with Cody Rhodes before cashing in his Money in the Bank contract at SummerSlam or Night of Champions.
SmackDown Money in the Bank Participants
With the exception of the suspended Sin Cara, everyone from Heath Slater to Sheamus gave it their all in what was the match of the night.
Just as with the Elimination Chamber matches, the SmackDown Superstars showed why SmackDown is the WWE’s must watch show.
Despite putting on an a good match with CM Punk and giving the Chicago native everything he had, it was a slip by Vince McMahon that would give CM Punk the opportunity he needed to beat the WWE Champion.
CM Punk’s victory means that John Cena is fired, but anyone who has been a fan of the WWE for more than a year knows that John Cena isn’t going anywhere. Anyone else looking forward to seeing Juan Cena at house shows?
After spitting in Randy Orton’s face, Christian was on the receiving end of a low blow, which by the rules of the contract Christian’s lawyers drew up, gave Christian his second World Heavyweight Championship.
There would be no time to celebrate though, as Christian was savagely beaten by the Viper after the match. Look for the feud between Christian and Randy Orton to continue until SummerSlam, where it will hopefully come to an end.
Last week, the Viper reminded us he had trouble controlling his anger, and at Money in the Bank we saw the consequences of this for both Randy Orton and Christian.
Their increasingly stale feud will likely continue into SummerSlam, where either Randy Orton will turn heel or some new blood will be injected into the World Heavyweight Championship picture. Maybe the Viper can find his next prey in the American Dragon?
Raw Money in the Bank Participants
While the Raw Money in the Bank match had a nice finish with Alberto Del Rio demasking Rey Mysterio to take the briefcase, the rest of the match was average aside from the expected high spots.
Alberto Del Rio should get a nice push out of winning the Money in the Bank match, but the rest of the competitors will be relegated to the mid-card for the time being, with no real standouts in what will be a forgettable Money in the Bank match.
The Big Show
After being stretchered out and feigning injury for the second time in a short while, it remains to be seen whether Big Show will remain in action or take an extended break as was reported after he was run down by Ricardo Rodriguez.
Detractors of the Mexican high flyer now have more ammunition as the WWE announced Sin Cara would be suspended for 30 days due to a Wellness Policy violation.
While many Superstars have been suspended and returned to have fruitful careers, it will be interesting to see how the WWE handles the returning Sin Cara’s push.
Being Triple H’s “guy” must have its advantages though, and this while likely be little more than a slap on the wrist for Sin Cara.
Kelly Kelly and The Bella Twins
Scott Stanford got my hopes up during the Countdown to Money in the Bank preview show when he said that two titles would be defended at the event. I thought the WWE Universe would be spared another Divas match until I heard Kelly Kelly’s music and was subjected to another substandard match.
The Bellas claimed on Twitter that the feud was just beginning, but I pray for all our sakes that we never have to see another match between Kelly Kelly and a Bella.