Money in the Bank (2010)
|Money in the Bank (2010)|
Promotional poster featuring Kofi Kingston
|"Money" by I Fight Dragons|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||July 18, 2010|
|City||Kansas City, Missouri|
|WWE Money in the Bank chronology|
Money in the Bank (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and presented by A&E's Criss Angel Mindfreak. It took place on July 18, 2010, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The first annual Money in the Bank show, the concept of the event was based around the Money in the Bank ladder match, with a match held for each the Raw and SmackDown brands. Eight matches took place.
This event received 169,000 pay-per-view buys.
Money in the Bank featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) television programs. Wrestlers portray a villain or a hero as they follow a series of events that built tension, and culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches.
At Fatal 4-Way, it was announced that the Money in the Bank event would be based around the Money in the Bank ladder match. On the June 25 episode of SmackDown, it was announced that two Money in the Bank ladder matches will be held at the event for the Raw and SmackDown brands respectively, with the winners of the respective matches given a title match for the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship respectively at a time of their choosing within the next 12 months. Three days later, all eight competitors for the Raw brand's match were announced by Raw guest host Rob Zombie. The eight competitors would be Randy Orton, The Miz, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, Evan Bourne, Ted DiBiase, John Morrison, and Edge.
On June 30, WWE announced six of the competitors for the SmackDown brand's match through its official website: Matt Hardy, Kane, Cody Rhodes, Christian, Kofi Kingston, and Big Show. On the July 5 episode of Raw, The Miz attacked R-Truth and injured him, taking him out of the Money in the Bank match; Mark Henry was announced as R-Truth's replacement the following week. On the July 9 episode of SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler defeated Montel Vontavious Porter and Chavo Guerrero in a triple threat match to qualify for SmackDown's ladder match. On the same night, Drew McIntyre earned the final spot by pinning Kofi Kingston.
The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand heading into the Money in the Bank event was between the defending champion Rey Mysterio and Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship. Mysterio replaced The Undertaker, who was found in a vegetative state by his brother Kane, in the fatal four-way match at the Fatal 4-Way event by winning a battle royal. Before the pay-per-view, Mysterio managed to pick up a non-title victory over Swagger. At the event, Mysterio once again pinned Swagger in SmackDown's fatal four-way match which also involved CM Punk and Big Show to become a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. On the June 25 episode of SmackDown, Swagger announced that he would get his rematch at the Money in the Bank event.
The main rivalry from the Raw brand heading into Money in the Bank was between the defending champion Sheamus and John Cena for the WWE Championship. Sheamus won the title at the Fatal 4-Way event following interference from seven of the contestants from the first season of WWE NXT, collectively known as "The Nexus". The next night on Raw, John Cena invoked his rematch clause, but The Nexus interrupted the match. The following week on Raw, due to the previous match's result being inconclusive, Raw's anonymous general manager announced a Steel Cage match between Sheamus and Cena to ensure that no outside interference would take place during the match.
This event saw the first instance of a wrestler cashing in their briefcase on the same night that they won it. After winning SmackDown's match, Kane came down to the ring following Mysterio's match with Swagger and chased off the challenger who was attacking Mysterio. After chasing Swagger to the back, Kane then returned to the ring with referee Charles Robinson and his briefcase, electing to cash in the contract. Kane then nailed a Tombstone piledriver on an injured Mysterio to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
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Kane was then involved in a feud with his kayfabe brother The Undertaker, facing him on several occasions.
The next night on Raw, Edge, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton faced off in a Triple Threat match, where the winner would face Sheamus at SummerSlam for the WWE Championship. Orton won the match, but at SummerSlam won the match via disqualification, allowing Sheamus to retain the championship.
On the following episode of SmackDown, Rey Mysterio and Jack Swagger faced each other in a two out of three falls match to determine Kane's opponent at SummerSlam. Mysterio defeated Swagger to earn a championship rematch, but was unsuccessful in regaining the championship at the pay-per-view.
On the November 22 episode of Raw, The Miz successfully cashed in the briefcase he won at the pay-per-view against Randy Orton to become the WWE Champion.
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Rob McNichol of The Sun stated it was a "gripping night of grappling action", calling both ladder matches outstanding. McNichol also praised the World Heavyweight Championship match, saying it demonstrated "WWE storytelling in a very good light". He also described the Women's Championship match as "overbooked and poorly executed contest – the worst of the evening". The WWE Championship match was negatively received by McNichol as well, complaining that it was "forgettable, and oftentimes very slow". Overall, McNichol said it was a very entertaining night of action and gave the event a score of 8 out of 10.
Andy McNamara, a reviewer for the Canadian Online Explorer's wrestling section, rated both Money in the Bank ladder matches a 4 out of 5, the WWE Championship match a 3 out of 5, and the World Heavyweight Championship match a 3.5 out of 5.
|1D||Santino Marella defeated William Regal||Singles match||Unknown|
|2||Kane defeated Big Show, Matt Hardy, Christian, Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler||Money in the Bank ladder match for a World Heavyweight Championship match contract||26:18|
|3||Alicia Fox (c) defeated Eve Torres||Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship||05:52|
|4||The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd) (with Natalya) (c) defeated The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (with Tamina Snuka) by submission||Tag team match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship||05:53|
|5||Rey Mysterio (c) defeated Jack Swagger||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||10:43|
|6||Kane defeated Rey Mysterio (c)||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||00:54|
|7||Layla (c) (with Michelle McCool) defeated Kelly Kelly (with Tiffany)||Singles match for the WWE Women's Championship||03:56|
|8||The Miz defeated Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Edge, Evan Bourne, John Morrison, Mark Henry, and Ted DiBiase||Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE Championship match contract||20:26|
|9||Sheamus (c) defeated John Cena||Steel cage match for the WWE Championship||23:19|
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