WWE Money in the Bank Report
John Pollock / July 17, 2011 - 8:37pm
Welcome to The LAW’s coverage of WWE ‘Money in the Bank’ from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov defeated David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty in a non-title dark match.
A great video package built around CM Punk’s comments and footage of Vince McMahon at various press conferences etc. They had a clock sound effect playing up that Punk’s contract is up at Midnight tonight.
The ‘Smackdown’ Money in the Bank Ladder Match is up first with Wade Barrett, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater and Cody Rhodes
Crowd is hot right from the start of the match. Everyone ends up on the floor with Gabriel and Slater attacking everyone with the ladder and then they fight in the ring. Gabriel shimmies on the ladder and then takes a dropkick from Daniel Bryan to drop off the ladder.
Daniel Bryan with a suicide dive to the floor and then Justin Gabriel with a somersault over the top and Sin Cara hits a top rope crossbody to the floor onto Sheamus.
Barrett sets up the ladder on the apron and Spanish announce table but then misses a clothesline to Sin Cara into the steel post. Sheamus then lays out Cara with the Brogue kick.
A chant for ‘CM Punk’ starts about 10-minutes into the match.
Sheamus with a powerbomb to Sin Cara off the apron and puts him through the ladder that is between the announce table and apron. Sin Cara is taken to the back on a stretcher.
Kane climbs the ladder but stopped by Barrett, Slater and Gabriel and allows Cody Rhodes to climb while they are distracted but they stop him as well and then the same to Daniel Bryan. They play up The Corre working together here in spots.
Barrett wants to climb but Slater and Gabriel attack Barrett and he is thrown to the floor. Then Slater and Gabriel climb and fight over the briefcase but Rhodes tips the ladder and lays out Slater in the ring. Rhodes begins to climb but Barrett is back and they fight. Rhodes drops Barrett but then Sheamus is in and hits a uranage into his knee to lay out Rhodes.
Kane and Sheamus delivered the Doomsday Device to Daniel Bryan and led to a chant of ‘L.O.D.’ from the crowd. Kane hits Rhodes with a choke slam and then another to Justin Gabriel and then Kane climbs but Bryan fights with him on the ladder. Big chant of ‘Let’s Go Bryan’.
Sheamus and Barrett try to lift Slater by the sternum but he falls to the floor on Kane in a strange looking spot.
Sheamus beats down Gabriel and hits him with the Brogue kick. Sheamus climbs but so does Kane and the fight on the ladder. This leads to Kane hitting a chokeslam to Sheamus off the ladder and onto another ladder back first. Barrett hits Kane with Wasteland.
In a huge spot Gabriel hits a 450 splash off a ladder on the turnbuckle to hit Kane. The margin for error was very tiny and Gabriel pulled it off. Rhodes stops Barrett from climbing and clotheslines Barrett to the floor.
Rhodes and Bryan are next to fight on the ladder but Barrett comes up from behind them. Bryan is on the top going for a guillotine as Barrett attempts to grab the briefcase but is stopped. Rhodes is sent to the floor and then he knocks down Barrett and Daniel Bryan grabs the briefcase.
They show Vince McMahon arriving with John Laurinaitis and a WWE attorney.
Kelly Kelly Vs Brie Bella for the Diva’s Title
Eve Torres is in the corner of Kelly.
There is a nasty tilt-a-whirl spot by Kelly and then they fight on the floor with Kelly laying out both Bellas.
Kelly had a head scissors while she is upside down on the apron and gets dropped front first onto the floor.
Brie works over the right arm of Kelly.
Kelly goes for the famouser, it is countered into a backslide but Brie blocks. Kelly goes for a face plant but Brie drops too fast and then Kelly comes back with the famouser for the win and keeps the title.
Nikki tells Brie that Kelly doesn’t even eat and why she couldn’t beat Kelly.
A promo airs for ‘SummerSlam’ with Cee Lo Green doing the theme song.
Mark Henry Vs Big Show is next
Show with a shoulder tackle and Henry to the floor. They fight on the floor and Henry gets shoved over the steps after a clothesline from Big Show.
Back in the ring Henry attacks the bad left knee of Big Show and works it over.
Henry hits a World’s Strongest Slam but Show kicks out. He hits a second one and gets the win.
After the match Henry did the Brian Pillman deal to his ankle and Show sold it big in the ring. He needed assistance to get to the back and is taken out on a cart. The crowd chants ‘CM Punk’ as he exits.
McMahon is with Laurinaitis and Josh Mathews walks in and asks if they have re-signed CM Punk and McMahon says ‘no’ and calls Punk an ingrate. He says he offered him the most lucrative contract ever and he turned it down.
The ‘Raw’ Money in the Bank Ladder Match is next with Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, R-Truth, Alex Riley, Evan Bourne, Rey Mysterio and Jack Swagger
All the guy grab ladders to start and attack Del Rio, who is sent to the floor. Mysterio is sent front first to the floor and lands on a ladder.
Riley dives over the top rope onto Swagger and Miz and then R-Truth with a tope con hilo to the floor on all three. Kingston and Mysterio with stereo crossbodies to the floor. It builds to Bourne hitting a shooting star press off the top of a ladder to everyone on the floor in a spectacular spot.
The Miz and Bourne are on the ladder in the middle of the ring but Del Rio tips it over Miz looks to have injured his knee and is helped to the back.
Kingston springboards over Swagger onto the ladder but Swagger applies the ankle lock as Riley comes from the other side to climb the ladder.
Kingston hits the Boom Drop off the top rope and bounces off a ladder on the ropes.
They do a spot where all seven are on the ladders going for the briefcase but all fail.
Kingston climbs but Swagger stops them and Swagger falls awkwardly with Kingston landing on top. The Miz runs out to a massive babyface reaction but Mysterio stops him and Mysterio gets a chorus of boos.
Del Rio and Mysterio are climbing but Del Rio yanks the mask off of Rey and he shields his face but accidentally knocks Del Rio off his ladder, Del Rio climbs again and wins the match.
Josh Mathews interviews Alberto Del Rio and he says it is his destiny to win the WWE Title.
Randy Orton Vs Christian for the World Title – if Orton loses by DQ he loses the title or if there is a bad call by the official
There are light chants of ‘Randy sucks’. Christian with the heat during the early portion of the match.
The match picks up with Orton making a comeback but cut off with the killswitch and crowd pops for the near fall by Christian.
Christian misses a spear to the corner and then lifts Christian and drops him on his back. Orton goes for the punt but Christian with a counter.
This leads to Christian in the corner begging off and spits in the face of Orton, who then responds with a low blow but the referee sees it and calls for the bell and Christian wins the title as per the stipulations.
After the match Orton destroys Christian with multiple RKO’s on the Spanish announce table and the crowd is insanely hot during the post match.
They air a video for the main event and then the crowd stands in anticipation of CM Punk, chant his name and then goes crazy for his entrance.
John Cena Vs CM Punk for the WWE Title
Very slow at the start with Cena applying holds and even teasing the AA early. Punk comes back with a DDT and then a figure four to the neck of Cena.
Cena is drapped on the apron and Punk hits a flying knee of the top rope.
Colt Cabana and Ace Steel are visible in the front row throughout the match but never referred to on camera by the announcers.
Punk hits a twisting crossbody and lands awkwardly on Cena for a two-count. They go a spot with both going for vertical suplexes on the apron and it ends with Cena suplexing Punk onto the floor.
Long abdominal stretch spot by Cena but Punk fights off and hits a hip toss. Punk misses the knee in the corner and Cena drops him with a suplex and the crowd is just hating Cena. Cena goes for the five knuckle shuffle but Punk hits him with a low blow and then hits a suicide dive to Cena on the floor.
Cena goes for the AA but Punk lands on his feet and then falls on his ass and hits Cena with a kick. Punk goes for the GTS but Cena blocks and hits a suplex for a two-count. Punk comes back with a series of knees and a bulldog to Cena and then a springboard clothesline for a two-count. Punk with a flying kick that Cena ducks and into the STF.
The finish came with Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis at ringside and McMahon wanted to call for the bell but Cena stopped him. Punk hit the GTS and got the win.
McMahon was furious and called for Alberto Del Rio, who came down with his MITB briefcase and got kicked in the face by Punk and Punk ran through the audience and left as the show went off the air.