- PRESHOW…WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston def. Hunico & Camacho:
The match came down to Hunico and Kingston, and after nearly losing the match to a rollup-powerbomb combo of Hunico’s own invention, Truth and Camacho re-joined the fray as it descended into chaos in its final moments. Interference from Hunico led Truth to toss Hunico headlong into Trouble in Paradise. Truth’s Lie Detector to Camacho secured a victory for the champions and put an end to the wild match.
- Money in the Bank Ladder Match Match for a World Heavyweight Championship Contract;
Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) defeated Damien Sandow, Tyson Kidd, Christian, Santino Marella, Tensai (with Sakamoto), Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara:
Rhodes and Ziggler teamed up to drop Christian to the canvas in his attempt to climb to glory, only to be taken down by Tensai. The massive Superstar then took himself within reaching distance of the contract, hurling back the challenges of both Kidd and Sin Cara by slamming their heads into the top of the ladder, before being taken down a peg himself.
From the bedlam, Santino pulled out the Cobra and looked ready to grab the briefcase. But, a fear of heights slowed him down, allowing Rhodes to drop him in both athletic and painful fashion.
When Rhodes was distracted by Vickie — who shocked all by climbing the rungs herself — an unseen Ziggler hit him with an earth-shattering Zig Zag off the ladder.
- World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio:
Del Rio’s strategy seemed to be paying off, especially when Sheamus rammed his shoulder into the steel ring post. Though the fighting Irishman tried to strike back using his pure strength, Del Rio continued to counter, at one point channeling the lucha libre traditions of his father, Dos Caras, and taking down The Celtic Warrior with a flying armbreaker as Sheamus dove over the ropes into the ring.
With the champion reeling, Del Rio unwisely taunted him, sending Sheamus into frenzy. From there, momentum shifts remained even, until Del Rio missed a kick to the back of his opponent’s head.
Though The Mexican Aristocrat dominated throughout much of the contest, The Celtic Warrior proved why he’s been a multiple time World Champion. Taking down Del Rio with White Noise, he pounded on his chest, bringing the WWE Universe to their feet in anticipation of the coming Brogue Kick which ended the match.
Dolph Ziggler Attacks:
When the dust settled, Del Rio clutched his jaw, no doubt wishing he attacked Sheamus’ legs rather than his arm. As The Celtic Warrior celebrated, Rodriguez and Del Rio attacked the champion, prompting Dolph Ziggler to race to the ring, in the hopes of cashing in his newly won Money in the Bank World Championship contract.
As Del Rio tried to stop Ziggler multiple times, Sheamus recovered, taking out The Showoff with a Brogue Kick before the official could call for the bell. Ultimately, The Celtic Warrior walked out of the U.S. Airways Center with his World Heavyweight Championship intact. When will Ziggler try again?
- Primo & Epico def. The Prime Time Players:
From the opening bell, Primo and Epico were on fire, using speed and finesse to outclass their opponents. The Prime Time Players temporarily cooled off their opponents, beating Epico down in the corner while keeping him away from Primo. However, Epico managed to tag in his cousin Primo, who bounced off every corner, attacking Young and O’Neil from above.
Young looked to have things wrapped up, reversing one of Primo’s dives into a vicious gutbuster. Young gloated for just a few seconds too long, though. Primo surprised him by reversing his pinning attempt and picking up the win for he and Epico.
- WWE Champion CM Punk def. Daniel Bryan in a No Disqualification Match:
An offensive flurry from Punk left Bryan briefly floored before the WWE Universe began to voice its opinion, chanting “We want tables!” at the two competitors. Punk, ever The Voice of the Voiceless, obliged, but Bryan quickly withdrew a kendo stick from beneath the ring and chased Punk back into the squared circle with it. Punk quickly disarmed Bryan, but the “Yes!” man recovered, countering Punk’s leap off the ropes with a vicious strike to his midsection and dropping Punk like a rock.
It was then that Daniel Bryan channeled some extreme aggression, whacking Punk about the back with the kendo stick for a solid two minutes and, momentarily, looking like he had the bout in hand.
Of course, CM Punk would not be denied, recovering from Bryan’s assault with a rush of signature moves, flattening Bryan with a swinging neckbreaker and stunning him with a knee to the face. With Bryan momentarily downed, Punk signaled for the Go to Sleep, but Bryan countered into a rollup for a two count and a kick to the head that knocked Punk down flat to the mat. Bryan’s attempt at a surfboard ultimately proved fruitless, as Punk escaped his clutches and tanned Bryan with the kendo stick. Bryan rallied, though, planting Punk with a superplex off the top rope that left both competitors down on the canvas.
And that’s when things really got interesting.
AJ determinedly stormed out of the locker room area, dismissing the referee and skipping between the fallen competitors before ducking out of the ring and producing a steel chair. After seemingly debating which man to hit with the chair, AJ instead left it in the middle of the ring for Punk and Bryan to fight over. Bryan won the scrum and notched a two count on Punk before entering a vicious plea for AJ to count to three the next time he had Punk on his back.
The Second City Saint rallied again, rolling up Bryan for a two count and turning the chair against his opponent before lodging it in between the turnbuckles. The only problem was AJ blocked the chair with her body before Punk could heave Bryan through the steel. The “Yes!” man found himself facing a similar conundrum when AJ prevented him from retrieving the cane. Punk took advantage of Bryan’s distraction and attempted to execute the flying elbow, but landed on the bare steel of the chair instead.
Bryan nearly captured the win, torqueing Punk in the “Yes!” Lock with the help of the Kkendo stick, until Punk countered and reversed into a GTS. He was only able to notch a two count on the fallen contender himself, though, and shot AJ a look as meaningful as the one Bryan had only moments before.
And then, Punk got the table.
The Second City Saint set up the hardwood near the turnbuckle and the battle climbed to the top turnbuckle, with Punk and Bryan nearly sending each other airborne before Punk finally prevailed, back superplexing Bryan off the turnbuckle and through the pine! A suddenly melancholy AJ dutifully counted to three and ended Bryan’s championship hopes.
- Ryback squashed Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks.
- Divas Champion Layla, Kaitlyn & Tamina def. Eve, Beth Phoenix & Natalya:
All-out chaos erupted in the ring, with all six Divas going toe-to-toe. One by one, they threw each other from the squared circle, until Tamina nailed Phoenix with a high kick, setting the stage for Layla to land a crushing Lay-Out neckbreaker.
After the pinfall, Layla, Tamina and Kaitlyn celebrated in the ring as their opponents licked their wounds.
After Show was laid out with the Attitude Adjustment, Cena, Kane and The Miz all took turns piling ladders onto the fallen Show, ostensibly burying the angry giant and taking him out of action for several minutes.
From there, the participants set their sights on those Superstars who were still upright. Determined to finally prevail in a match of his own creation, Jericho took the fight to The Miz, momentarily locking in the Walls of Jericho. After that attempt was interrupted by Kane, Jericho propped a ladder on the top turnbuckle, with the top pointing in toward the ring, and rammed Miz face-first into it, treating The Awesome One to a skull-crushing finale of a different variety.
The Miz would regain his composure, only to be assailed by Kane. When it looked like the championship contract was The Big Red Monster’s for the taking, the pesky Y2J reinserted himself into the action. Moments later, Jericho joined forces with The Miz to double-suplex Kane onto a ladder.
At this point, a re-energized Cena ran amok, slamming both The Miz and Jericho onto a ladder – a precursor to a crowd-pleasing double “You Can’t See Me” fist drop for two of the match’s cockier Superstars. Though the move caused the U.S. Airways Center to explode with excitement, it would not be enough for Cena to score victory … yet.
After seemingly being down for the count, Show emerged from his crypt of ladders just in time to stop Jericho, who had bounced back from the Cena fist drop, from grabbing the contract. An infuriated Show worked over his former WWE Tag Team Championship partner, breaking ladders, as Michael Cole put it, “like toothpicks.” Show used pieces of a shattered ladder to brutalize Jericho. He then moved on to Cena, whom he sandwiched between a ladder and the ropes before splashing him with evil intentions.
With other Superstars downed minutes in, Show resorted to a trick seen years ago in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match: The World’s Largest Athlete unearthed a heavy duty, giant-sized, reinforced ladder from beneath the ring that made the other steel ladders look meager by comparison.
Kane stalled Show’s attempt to grab the briefcase, and Jericho repeatedly slammed a chair into the giant’s back, causing him to come back down to the canvas.
Smelling opportunity, Jericho began to ascend the ladder, as did Cena. As the two staggered warriors climbed one rung at a time, the valuable briefcase swayed overhead. Cena maneuvered Jericho onto his shoulders, causing the WWE Universe to erupt with anticipation for the towering Attitude Adjustment to come. The cagey Jericho had other plans, however, and with catlike grace, he turned the potential AA into a sleeper hold on Cena as the Cenation leader stood near the top of the ladder.
Despite battling valiantly, Cena could not hold on, and he slipped to the mat, leaving Jericho by himself and only inches away from attaining the championship contract. Jericho shrugged off a brief flurry by The Miz, only to meet a more massive foe: Big Show.
Staring in horror at the monster across from him, Jericho soon ate a WMD and fell lifelessly to the canvas. The Miz scaled the ladder, but met a similar fate. Then, with the drive of a champion, Cena rushed up the ladder and thwarted Show’s briefcase grab.
Holding the briefcase before his face, Cena used the steel case to block a third WMD from Show that dented the steel. As he struggled mightily to fight off Show and take the briefcase, Cena ended up snapping the briefcase from its steel bracket, winning the guaranteed championship contract in a most unorthodox way and continuing to blast Big Show with the case.
With a look of amazement and relief plastered across his face, the Cenation leader celebrated high above the U.S. Airways Center as his legion of passionate followers cheered on, undoubtedly anticipating the moment the righteous Cena chooses to cash in within the next 365 days.
- Following the show several stars Tweeted their thoughts:
JBL: “Gotta root for Del Rio for @wwe world championship–handsome, rich, nice cars and very talented. Reminds me of someone I know…………. One difference between Del Rio and me is that I didn’t drive! @wwe But his ring announcer is pretty good. #MITB”
Ricardo Rodriquez: “That was Bull! It ain’t over Sheamus! And stay out of our business Ziggles!”
Curt Hawkins: “So thoughts on @WWE #MITB ? I heard @WWEShop is designing my new ‘I survived a Ryback beat down’ tee shirt.”
Jim Ross: “Gonna be some sore men Monday night. @IAmJericho @JohnCena @mikethemiz @wwethebigshow, Kane all great effort. #MITB solid as hell.”
Joey Styles: “We can now add #MITB winner to @JohnCena’s long list of accolades. Keep your head on a swivel @CMPunk!”
Maria Kanellis: “Thank you @WWE for a great ppv!”
JBL: “Great PPV. @JohnCena wins MITB. Awesome effort by the guys. @WWETheBigShow and @IAmJericho and Kane are better than ever!”
Vickie Guerrero: “My respect goes out to the guys tonight in #MITB! They gave 100%+ and it was a great show”
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