Sunday, 14 July 2013 16:54
Welcome to our live coverage of WWE's Money in the Bank from Philadelphia.
A funny note is that Vickie Guerrero was fired on Monday and tonight she was doing the pre-game show.
ROMAN REIGNS & SETH ROLLINS VS. USOS FOR THE TAG TITLE
The pre-game show with this match aired on the PPV channel instead of the stale old version. This was the best pre-show match to date. Very good match building to a near fall with Jimmy splashing Rollins off the top rope for a great near fall with Reigns making the save. The finish saw Reigns tag in behind Jimmy's back and pin him with a spear.
WORLD TITLE MONEY IN THE BANK MATCH - DAMIEN SANDOW, CODY RHODES, WADE BARRETT, DEAN AMBROSE, FANDANGO, JACK SWAGGER, ANTONIO CESARO
They did a clever marketing thing, showing Ambrose and Fandango's ring entrance on the free pre-game show to tease you to buy it. When the PPV started, they redid the Ambrose entrance while Ambrose was in the ring.
Very good match. Sandow won when Rhodes had the match won and Sandow showed up and shoved Rhodes off the ladder and took the briefcase. Sandow was laid out almost the entire match. Right before the finish, Reigns, Rolins and the Usos were all brawling with everyone else on the floor. Rhodes tipped over the ladder and Ambrose went flying over the top into everyone on the floor. Rhodes then climbed until Sandow came up. At certain spots of offense was light but overall really good and some innovative spots. Ambrose was under a ladder with Swagger & Cesaro (who worked together throughout) picking up the ladder. Amborse skinned the cat to stand on the top of the ladder, and then Swagger & Cesaro tipped over the ladder and Ambrose fell to the floor.
Brad Maddox was out as the new General Manager of Raw. He said he can't fill the shoes of the legendary Vickie Guerrero, because he doesn't look good in high heels. People didn't even get the joke to groan at it. Maddox explained he put Vickie on the pre-game show. Showed Vickie and Vickie looked miserable. He thanked Vickie for accepting a secondary position and told people to thank her for her contributions to Raw. He wanted people to chant "Thank You Vickie." Nobody chanted except very few chanting "You've been fired." Maddox talked about how Philadelphia fans are known for being discourteous to their supertars. Then they did a Vickie music video. Seriously, this went WAY too long. Video showed all these humiliating things on Vickie over the years. Brad asked everyone to stand on their feet and give her a standing ovation. Far more people stood than you'd think. They figured having Miz's music interrrupt Vickie would make him a face because the segment dragged so much. Didn't seem to work.
CURTIS AXEL VS. THE MIZ FOR IC TITLE
Axel retained the title with an neckbreaker into a face plant. Match was worked better than average but crowd was pretty dead. Miz faked that Paul Heyman punched him, sold it by selling on the ground and the ref booted Heyman out. The idea was to keep the crowd from cheereing Axel and booing Miz. Instead, the crowd just didn't care about the rest of the match all that much except a few spots booing Miz. They booed Miz but not so much that it made it fun to watch.
A.J. LEE VS. KAITLYN FOR DIVAS TITLE
Nothing close to their match last month. Most of the match was Lee working on Kaitlyn's left elbow. Kaitlyn came back with a spear, but started selling the elbow and couldn't follow up. Lee then used the black widow for a long time until Kaitlyn tapped out. Layla was at ringside with Kaitlyn but she did nothing of note.
RYBACK VS. CHRIS JERICHO
Surprise finish, not who won but how it ended. Jericho went for the lionsault, Ryback moved and Jericho landed on his feet. Ryback then schoolboyed him for the pin. Match felt like a struggle. Jericho used a codebreaker when he was in the ring and Ryback was on the apron, and he fell to the floor. They teased a count out. Crowd got into the latter part of the match.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER FOR THE WORLD TITLE
They were having the match of the night. All kinds of near falls. Ziggler caught the foot of a superkick by Del Rio when A.J. nailed Del Rio with a belt shot for no reason for the DQ. Ziggler had told her to leave ringside when she came out and distracted saying he had the match won. She stayed out for the last several minutes and a few times subtly distracted him. Ziggler had a great match. Until the finish it was the best thing on the show. The idea was she was trying to help him but she didn't know what she was doing and he got mad at her for costing him the match. Ziggler left A.J. in the ring to a loud "You screwed Ziggler." chant. Even with the bad finish, this was a very good match.
The belief backstage, unless somebody is being hidden, is that the WWE title ladder match will have six guys.
JOHN CENA VS. MARK HENRY FOR WWE TITLE
Fans are going to cheer Henry like crazy in this match.
A basic well laid out very good match, better than it looked no paper. Henry dominated with power moves. Cena kept collapsing trying to lift Henry until he finally hit the Attitude Adjustment, but Henry kicked out. Cena made the facial like he couldn't figure out what to do when his big move didn't work. He did a crossbody off the top, Cena caught him and gave him the world's strongest slam, but Cena kicked out. After a ref bump, Henry kicked him low, but Cena kicked out. Henry undid two turnbuckles. He went to whip Cena into the buckle but Cena reversed and put Henry in the STF. Henry got to the ropes the first time. Henry tried another world's strongest slam but Cena got behind him, put him in the STF a second time. Henry teased getting to the ropes, but Cena pulled him back in the middle and Henry tapped out. Nothing after the match.
WWE TITLE MONEY IN THE BANK: C.M. PUNK, DANIEL BRYAN, CHRISTIAN, SHEAMUS, RANDY ORTON, ROB VAN DAM
Randy Orton won the match. More details to come. Excellent main event.
Everyone was given a chance to shine. Among the highlights were RVD doing a splash while standing on the top of a ladder onto Christian. Earlier he and Christian were climbing and were knocked off, Christian fell off but RVD fell off the grabbed onto a second ladder which was the one he splashed off. Bryan at one point used a ladder to knock Sheamus off the top rope and he went through a ladder bridge. That was a bad fall. Curtis Axel came out and pulled Bryan down when it looked like he was going to win. C.M. Punk then used the GTS on Axel. Paul Heyman came out and sceamed at Axel for interfering saying he was costing his friend Punk the match. Heyman said Punk was his guy and the guy he wanted to win. A few minutes later, Punk was climbing and had it won when Heyman nailed Punk twice in the back with a ladder and once in the face. Punk bled hardway putting his head right in the path of the ladder on purpose. That was the big storyline spot of the match. RVD went to climb up to win again when Orton came out, pulled RVD down from the ladder and was RVD was on the way down, gave RVD an RKO. Everyone was laid out at that point except Orton, who climbed up to win.