Sunday, 15 July 2012 15:55
Welcome to our live coverage of WWE's Money in the Bank from the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix. We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's show, as well as last night's Strikeforce show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
KOFI KINGSTON & R-TRUTH VS. HUNICO & CAMACHO
This was the pre-show non-title match. Longer than usual. Finish saw Kingston knock Camacho into a DDT by R-Truth for the three count. Before the match Hunico started doing stomps to air which they claimed he was attacking Little Jimmy and getting the ire up on R-Truth.
WORLD TITLE MONEY IN THE BANK MATCH: DOLPH ZIGGLER, DAMIEN SANDOW, SIN CARA, CHRISTIAN, CODY RHODES, TENSAI, TYSON KIDD AND SANTINO MARELLA
Ziggler won a crazy match. This was the train wreck of all train wrecks. Ziggler, Rhodes, Christian, Sin Cara and Kidd all took crazy bumps. There were two botched spots early (Sin Cara with Ziggler, Tensai with Marella) but from that point on it was a pretty incredible match. A lot of bumps off the ladder but not as many dangerous ladder spots. Tensai power bombed Cara on a ladder bridging the table and apron in the same spot as with Sheamus last year. Tensai also threw Ziggler over the announcers table and Ziggler took the kind of a bump that looked totally out of control. They also did a spot where Marella was afraid of heights.
Sheamus interview. He was talking about cars and how he's fine driving a beat up klunker, he wants a car that gets the job done.
The Miz is back. New haircut. Miz said he was off filming a movie and that he's now a movie star. He's been overlooked for far too long. Miz is adding himself to the Money in the Bank match.
SHEAMUS VS. ALBERTO DEL RIO FOR THE WORLD TITLE
If they are going with this match so early, I have a feeling Punk vs. Bryan may go really long because normally they'd put some prelims in. Actually, just got word it's scheduled to be long, but not really long.
Sheamus won clean with the White Noise and Brogue kick after Del Rio missed an enzuigiri. Del Rio worked on Sheamus' left arm most of the way. Good match, not as good as the Jericho match on Smackdown this week.
Ricardo Rodriguez jumped on Sheamus back allowing Del Rio to kick Sheamus and Del Rio and Rodriguz were putting the boots to him after the match.
Dolph Ziggler came in to cash it in. Ziggler and Del Rio argued and Ziggler hit Del Rio with a briefcase shot. He gave the briefcase to the ref but Sheamus laid out Ziggler with a Brogue kick. But since the bell never rang to start the match, he didn't officially cash it in even though he handed the briefcase to the ref.
Daniel Bryan interview. He called A.J. his future wife. He said she would have said yes if C.M. Punk didn't poison her mind. Josh Matthews brought up that she slapped him and he said that was intense desire and that Josh knows nothing about women.
R-Truth & Kofi Kingston are out in suits for an interview. They are out to watch a tag title contenders match.
TITUS O'NEAL & DARREN YOUNG VS. PRIMO & EPICO
Crowd was dead for this. The match was a backdrop for AW to talk while mic'd up at ringside. The only thing the crowd reacted to was AW's jokes and Rosa Mendes doing a dancing spot. Primo got a hot tag, did some nice moves and did a springboard into a gut buster by Young. But Primo still pinned Young with a front rolling cradle. O'Neal is still kind of green in a long match but the other three wrestled well, and them getting no reaction wasn't due to the work but due to the positioning on the card.
After the match was a confontation between the AW & The Prime Time Players and Kingston & Truth. R-Truth threw water all over AW and O'Neil and Young had to pull AW away. R-Truth blamed Little Jimmy for doing it. Even though O'Neal & Young lost, they made it clear they are still No. 1 contenders.
A.J. did an interview. She said even though C.M. Punk shattered her hopes and dreaems doesn't mean she doesn't think he's a great human being. She said Daniel Bryan was her first love, and you have a special place in your heart for your first love even when they are lying and using you. She then acted all nuts about being enraged at both of them.
C.M. PUNK VS. DANIEL BRYAN WITH A.J. AS REFEREE FOR THE WWE TITLE
So Cena goes on last. They went 27 minutes ending with Punk getting the win after a back superplex through a table. Because of the no DQ stips they used the table for the final spot, lots of chairs to the back and some kendo stick shots. A.J. was injured being knocked off the apron about 7:30 in. Antoher ref did the next ten minutes before A.J. came back, not selling the injury. Both got mad at A.J. for not counting three. The story is that you don't know where A.J. stands because she seemed mad that she didn't lead to the win. There were a couple of times, once for each, she blocked moves and smiled. The idea is she was mad because Punk won outright and took the finish out of her hands. Very good match.
RYBACK VS. CURT HAWKINS & TYLER REKS
They went longer than usual and Ryback sold more. I'm not sure that was a good thing. Crowd lost intensity but part of it was putting this so late in the show. Ryback pinned Reks with the Samoan drop, which they are calling shellshocked. Ryback tried to get the crowd to chant "Feed me more," and they really didn't.
LAYLA & KAITLYN & TAMINA SNUKA VS. BETH PHOENIX & NATALYA & EVE TORRES
Quick match. Nothing wrong with it. Snuka superkicked Phoenix and Layla pinned Phoenix with a superkick. Highlight was Phoenix press slamming Layla, who then turned it into a sunset flip.
JOHN CENA VS. BIG SHOW VS. THE MIZ VS. KANE VS. CHRIS JERICHO MONEY IN THE BANK MATCH
John Cena won a very good match. The finishing sequence saw Cena about to win when Jericho cllimbed up and choked him out. Jericho was about to win when Miz showed up. They were fighting on the top when Show climbed up (they used the monster ladder from the last time Show was in) and hit Jericho with the knockout punch, then hit Miz with it (Miz landed onthe ladder). He went to hit Cena, but Cena used the briefcase as a shield, then started hitting Shwo with the briefcase. The briefcase actually came off the hook while he was doing it so he "won" it a few seconds early, but Show a few more times, Show took the bump off the ladder and Cena won.
All the advertised matches delievered. Real good show.
Just got a note from backstage. They said twitter was blowing up with the idea that wasn't the finish, and while Cena got the briefcase a second early, it was the planned finish.