Money in the Bank (2011)
|Money in the Bank (2011)|
|"Money in the Bank" by Jim Johnston|
|Date||July 17, 2011|
|WWE Money in the Bank chronology|
Money in the Bank (2011) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE and presented by Skittles, which took place on July 17, 2011 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. It was the second annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view, and six professional wrestling matches were scheduled for the event, two of which were the eponymous ladder matches.
During the main event, CM Punk defeated WWE Champion John Cena to win the title; Punk's contract expired that night and Punk left WWE with the WWE Championship. On the undercard, Christian faced Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship and won via disqualification; as per the match stipulation, Christian became the new champion. Also featured were the Raw and SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder matches, which were won by Alberto Del Rio and Daniel Bryan respectively.
Money in the Bank received numerous positive reviews, but critics and fans reserved their highest praise for the main event between John Cena and CM Punk, which received a 5-star rating from Dave Meltzer. This event drew 195,000 buys, which was up from 165,000 buys in the previous year.
Background and concept
Money in the Bank featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's television programs. Wrestlers portrayed fan favourites or villains as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a match or a series of matches.
Money in the Bank featured Money in the Bank ladder matches, with the objective being to retrieve a briefcase that is suspended 20 feet above the ring. In 2010, WWE held its first Money in the Bank pay-per-view featuring two Money in the Bank ladder matches, one each for the Raw and SmackDown brands, with the Raw briefcase contains a contract that guarantees a match for the WWE Championship, while the SmackDown briefcase guarantees a match for the World Heavyweight Championship, and the 2011 Money in the Bank continued that tradition. The contract is valid for one year, and the briefcase holder — dubbed "Mr. Money in the Bank" — can appear on any program and cash in the contract at the date, place, and time of his choosing. The briefcase may also be defended in matches, similar to how championships are defended.
The Raw Money in the Bank competitors were announced on the June 27 Raw without going through any qualifying matches, and the SmackDown Money in the Bank competitors were similarly announced on the July 1 SmackDown. Within the Raw Money in the Bank match, The Miz and Alex Riley had been feuding since May, Evan Bourne had defeated Jack Swagger at Capitol Punishment, and Alberto Del Rio staked his claim to winning the match by attacking the other participants with a ladder on Raw. Within the SmackDown match, Daniel Bryan had feuded with Cody Rhodes for two months. Sheamus attacked the other competitors with a steel chair on SmackDown, with only Sin Cara escaping; Sin Cara also defeated Sheamus the next week on SmackDown. Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater had previously been team-mates in both Nexus and the Corre, but Gabriel and Slater abandoned Barrett in June, and Gabriel and Slater themselves split just before Money in the Bank.
Big Show and Mark Henry's feud started on the June 17 SmackDown, when an emotional Show (tormented by Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez running him over with a car) was forced to face Henry in a match. Show ended up brutally attacking and knocking out Henry before the match could even begin. This ignited a destructive streak in Henry, who continually carried out vicious assaults on Show, costing Show his matches against Del Rio at Capitol Punishment and also on Raw in a cage match, so a match was set up between the two heavyweights at Money in the Bank.
Christian and Randy Orton had been feuding over the World Heavyweight Championship since Orton defeated Christian to win the title on the May 6 SmackDown less than a week after Christian had won the title. At Capitol Punishment, Orton defeated Christian to retain his title despite Christian being illegally pinned while his foot was under the ropes, leading to Christian demanding another title shot on the next SmackDown. Christian was promised another title shot if he could defeat Kane, but lost via disqualification when a rampaging Mark Henry attacked Kane. SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long thus made a tag team match between Christian and Henry versus Kane and Orton with a similar stipulation, and Henry pinned Orton. Long later offered Henry a shot at Orton's title if he could defeat Orton again, but Christian distracted Henry with Big Show's music to cost him the title shot, ensuring that only Christian would face Orton at Money in the Bank. While Christian's lawyers helped add a new stipulation for the title match, that Christian would win the championship upon Orton's disqualification or if there was poor officiating, Christian repeatedly taunted Orton by insulting his father Bob Orton, Jr., vandalizing Orton's personal bus and stealing Orton's wallet.
The main event featured John Cena defending the WWE Championship against CM Punk. Punk became the number one contender by winning a triple threat Falls Count Anywhere match over Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio on the June 20 episode of Raw. After the match, Punk revealed that his WWE contract would expire at midnight on July 17, immediately after the Money in the Bank pay-per-view ended; Punk vowed to win the championship and leave the company with it. On the next Raw, Punk delivered a worked shoot promo, claiming that he, and not Cena, was "the best in the world", and thus berated WWE for not promoting him properly. Punk instead labelled Cena as an "ass-kisser" while insulting WWE management (including chairman Vince McMahon and executive John Laurinaitis). In addition to breaking the fourth wall, Punk also proposed that he could defend the WWE Championship in other promotions like Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling after he left the company with the title. As a result, Punk was given a storyline suspension and stripped of his title shot. Cena confronted McMahon and threatened to walk out on him and return the WWE Championship if Punk was not reinstated with his title shot. McMahon eventually relented on the condition that if Cena failed to retain the title, he would be fired. On the next Raw, a desperate McMahon attempted to sign Punk to a new contract to ensure that the WWE Championship would stay in WWE, even agreeing to Punk's outrageous demands and apologising to Punk, but Cena interrupted the proceedings. When Punk stated that Cena was no longer the underdog and instead had become what he hated, a dominant "dynasty", Cena punched Punk. Punk then ripped up the contract that would have kept him in WWE and reiterated that he would win the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank and "go be the best in the world somewhere else".
The event began with the SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match, which started with all the wrestlers brawling and throwing each other out of the ring. Kane was the last man left in the ring after delivering a double clothesline over the top rope to Wade Barrett and Sheamus. Former team-mates Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater attacked the other wrestlers with a ladder, but eventually turned on each other. Gabriel climbed a ladder set up in the ring but Daniel Bryan knocked him off with a missile dropkick. Kane then started to dominate the match; he Irish whipped Barrett into a ladder in the corner, threw a ladder onto Cody Rhodes and Sheamus at ringside, but was stopped by Sin Cara's enzuigiri when he climbed the turnbuckles. The wrestlers then leapt out of the ring in succession with high-flying moves; Bryan with a suicide dive, Gabriel with a suicide somersault senton, Slater with a corkscrew plancha and Cara with a diving splash. Cara then dominated with a dropkick to Slater, a springboard back elbow to Gabriel and a moonsault side slam to Bryan, before being hit with Sheamus' Brogue Kick. In the high spot of the match, Sheamus powerbombed Cara through a ladder propped up between the ring apron and the announce table, with the ladder bending in half. A convulsing Cara was stretchered away from the ring.
The match continued with Kane climbing a ladder set up in the middle of the ring, but the ex-Corre members of Barrett, Gabriel and Slater attacked him and then did the same to Rhodes and Bryan. Barrett went for the briefcase, but Gabriel and Slater turned on him and climbed the ladder themselves. Rhodes tipped over the ladder and delivered Cross Rhodes on Slater and Barrett, but received an Irish Curse backbreaker from Sheamus. Sheamus then got Bryan on his shoulders for Kane to hit the Doomsday Device. Kane took control with a big boot to Sheamus and chokeslams to Rhodes and Gabriel, but Bryan stopped his momentum with a DDT. Slater then hit Bryan with a neckbreaker off a ladder and climbed to the top turnbuckle, but Barrett and Sheamus jabbed a ladder into his stomach, swinging and dropping him onto Kane at ringside.
It was then Sheamus' turn to dominate with Brogue Kicks to Barrett, Rhodes and Gabriel. Kane took Sheamus out with a chokeslam onto a ladder propped between the turnbuckles and the ladder in the center of the ring. The other wrestlers then ganged up on Kane; Rhodes with a Beautiful Disaster kick off a ladder, Barrett landed Wasteland and Gabriel hit a 450 splash off a ladder in the corner to take down the big man. Next, Barrett hit a variation of Wasteland on Gabriel, throwing him out of the ring onto Slater at ringside, which left Barrett, Rhodes and Bryan as the only three men in the ring. Bryan put Rhodes in a guillotine choke on top of the ladder in the middle of the ring while Barrett sneaked up the other side of the ladder. After Bryan knocked Rhodes off the ladder, Barrett got Bryan onto his shoulders for Wasteland onto another ladder but Bryan countered with repeated elbows to Barrett's head. Bryan finished off Barrett with a kick to the head and unhooked the briefcase to a huge reaction from the Chicago crowd.
In the show's second match, Kelly Kelly defeated Brie Bella to retain the WWE Divas Championship. Kelly seized the early advantage by diving from the apron onto both Bella Twins at ringside. Kelly then performed a handstand headscissors hold on Brie while using the ropes, but Brie countered by pushing Kelly from the apron to the floor face-first. Kelly then mounted a comeback and hit the K2, for the pinfall victory.
In the show's third match, Mark Henry defeated Big Show. Both big men were taken off their feet by Show's jumping shoulder tackle. Henry then took control by targeting Show's legs. Show fought back with a diving shoulder tackle from the second rope and attempted to deliver a chokeslam, but Henry countered by hitting his finishing move, the World's Strongest Slam. Yet, Show kicked out of the pin attempt at two. Henry then delivered another World's Strongest Slam and two running splashes for the pinfall victory. After the match, Henry injured Show by wrapping a chair around Show's ankle and crushing it with a corner slingshot splash from the second rope.
The next match was the Raw Money in the Bank match, where all the wrestlers brought their own ladder to the ring during their entrance. Everyone attacked Alberto Del Rio with their ladders, sending him to ringside, where they threw their ladders onto him. The Miz sent Rey Mysterio sliding out of the ring onto Del Rio and the ladders. Alex Riley atomic dropped R-Truth onto a ladder and then dove over the top rope to Miz and Jack Swagger at ringside; Truth followed with a somersault senton and was in turn followed by Mysterio and Kofi Kingston who performed simultaneous diving crossbodies. In the high spot of the match, Evan Bourne topped it all off by climbing a ladder set up at ringside and performing Air Bourne off a ladder onto the rest of the wrestlers at ringside. Bourne and Miz then went for the briefcase, but Del Rio toppled their ladder, causing Miz to injure his knee upon landing. Miz was brought backstage due to his injury. Truth and Del Rio stopped Bourne and Mysterio from climbing the ladders so Bourne and Mysterio hit stereo hurricanranas. Kingston springboarded over Swagger onto a ladder but Swagger dragged him down with an ankle lock. With Mysterio trapped in the corner, Truth dropkicked a ladder into his stomach. Kingston jumped off the ladder in the corner with a Boom Drop on Truth, then found himself under a set-up ladder and on the receiving end of a 619 using the ladder from Mysterio. Next, Truth jumped onto a ladder halfway in the ring, causing it to fly into Swagger's face at ringside.
The seven remaining wrestlers set up and climbed four ladders in the ring and while all of them managed to touch the briefcase, none were able to unhook it. They knocked each other off the ladders, including when Bourne fell all the way to ringside, with Kingston last kicking Mysterio to the mat. Swagger rushed up a ladder to stop Kingston from winning and both men crashed to the mat. With nobody left in the ring, Miz hopped down to the ring and climbed the ladder with one leg to cheers by the crowd, but Mysterio took him out with a sunset flip powerbomb off the ladder. As Mysterio and Del Rio battled on top of the ladders for the briefcase, Del Rio distracted the luchador by unmasking him, then pushed him onto another ladder, which tipped over and sent both wrestlers to the mat. However, Del Rio was able to regroup and unhook the briefcase to win the match.
In the show's fifth match, Randy Orton defended his World Heavyweight Championship against Christian, with the stipulation that if Orton was disqualified or if there was poor officiating, Christian would win the title. Christian opened the bout by bringing a steel chair into the ring and turning his back on Orton in an attempt to goad Orton into getting disqualified, but Orton balked and threw the chair to the floor. Orton grabbed the advantage from the start, dodging Christian's attempt at a plancha and throwing him into the metal ring steps. Christian took control after dropping Orton's back across the top rope, and later hit a spinebuster. Both Christian and Orton dodged each other's attempts at hitting the RKO and KillSwitch. Orton countered Christian's high-flying offense, but Christian blocked Orton's attempt at a superplex and hit a diving headbutt. Orton's third RKO attempt was successfully countered into Christian's KillSwitch but Orton kicked out of the pin at two. Christian then tried for the Spear but Orton's leapfrog resulted into Christian going shoulder-first into the ring post. Orton followed with a gutwrench elevated neck breaker for a two count. Christian avoided Orton's attempt at the punt but Orton with a snap scoop powerslam followed by his rope hung DDT. Orton set for the RKO again but Christian backed into the corner and spit in the Orton's face. An enraged Orton kicked Christian in the groin and was disqualified, therefore crowning Christian as the new champion. A still seething Orton attacked Christian after the match with two RKOs on the announce table.
Main event match
The final match of the night was for the WWE Championship, with the champion John Cena facing off against CM Punk. It was Punk's final night under his WWE contract and he had promised to leave the company with the WWE Championship. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had threatened that, if Punk was able to do so, then Cena would be fired. Punk entered the ring to raucous cheers from his hometown Chicago crowd, while Cena received a chorus of boos. While Punk played to the crowd during his entrance and joined Colt Cabana and Ace Steel at ringside, Cena's entrance was more understated with Cena opting not to do his customary salute to the crowd. As the match progressed, the cheers of the female and younger fans in the audience for Cena began to mix with the boos of the male fans, while Punk would continually receivd loud cheers.
The match started off with some chain wrestling before both men attempted their finishing moves, with Punk escaping the Attitude Adjustment (AA) and Cena escaping the Go To Sleep (GTS). Cena then seized the advantage with superior strength, hitting a bulldog, a hard clothesline and a fisherman suplex. Cena's next attempt at an Attitude Adjustment was countered by Punk into a DDT. Punk then delivered a knee drop from the apron to the back of Cena's neck to take control. Punk's crossbody off the ropes appeared to injure Cena's knee. When Cena left the ring, Punk attempted to suplex Cena from the apron back into the ring, but Cena countered and vertical suplexed Punk from the apron to the concrete floor. Back in the ring, both men traded punches and took each other out with a double clothesline. After multiple leaping shoulder blocks, Cena went for a back suplex, but Punk countered with a roll-up. Punk then missed his corner step-up knee strike so Cena hit a back suplex and set up for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Punk kicked Cena in the head and sent him to the outside, where he met Cena with a suicide dive. After tossing Cena back into the ring, Punk missed a springboard clothesline and Cena executed the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena attempted another AA, however Punk was able to land on his buttocks and retaliated with a series of kicks. Cena lands a gutwrench suplex after blocking Punk's attempt at a GTS. Punk then countered another AA by sending Cena into the ropes and hitting him with two step-up knee strikes, followed up with a bulldog and a springboard clothesline.
After ducking a kick, Cena locked in his finishing submission hold, the STF. Punk fought the hold and crawled towards the ropes. Punk's last-gasp grab of the bottom rope forced Cena to break the hold, and Punk followed with a roundhouse kick for a two count. Punk hit a diving crossbody, but Cena rolled through into the AA, which Punk reversed into the GTS, but Cena caught Punk's knee and applied the STF again. Punk struggled to reach the ropes but Cena pulled him back into the center of the ring, so Punk reversed the hold into his own finishing submission hold, the Anaconda Vise. Cena got to his feet while still in the Vise and suddenly delivered the AA to Punk for a nearfall. Cena jumped off the top rope for a diving legdrop, but Punk caught Cena and powerbombed him for a two count. Cena escaped the GTS and hit a diving legdrop to the back of Punk's head for a two count. Cena set up the AA again and hit it for another nearfall. Cena could not believe Punk kicked out.
Cena attempted an AA from the top rope, but Punk countered with elbows to Cena's head followed by a frankensteiner from the top rope. Punk continued with a corner step-up knee strike and finally scored with a GTS which hit Cena's ribs, but Cena fell out of the ring. As Punk rolled Cena back into the ring, he was distracted by the emergence of Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis. Punk and McMahon stared each other down, and when Punk finally entered the ring, Cena caught him in the STF. In a scene reminiscent of the Montreal Screwjob, despite Punk not submitting, McMahon signalled to the referee to award Cena the win and sent Laurinaitis to ring the bell. Cena did not want a tainted victory so he broke the hold and attacked Laurinaitis, telling McMahon that he did not want to win that way. As Cena returned to the ring, Punk immediately hit a second Go To Sleep and pinned Cena to win the WWE Championship as the crowd exploded into cheers.
McMahon then ordered the winner of the Raw Money in the Bank match, Alberto Del Rio, to immediately cash in his contract on Punk. As Del Rio was attempting to cash in, Punk took him out with a roundhouse kick to the head and, giving McMahon a flying kiss, fled the arena through the crowd and left as WWE Champion. The show ended with a shot of a shocked and distraught McMahon.
During the pay-per-view, WWE announced that 14,815 people attended Money in the Bank. It was later reported that 12,000 of them had paid for their attendance, earning WWE $750,000. The event drew 195,000 buys, which was up 18.2% from 165,000 buys the previous year. This contributed to WWE's pay-per-view revenue of $15.8 million for the third quarter of 2011, as compared to $13.6 million for the third quarter of 2010. The next Money in the Bank event in 2012 received only 188,000 buys, a drop of 3.6%.
Judging from the feedback given to the Wrestling Observer and Pro Wrestling Torch websites, fans were unanimous in their praise of Money in the Bank and there was not a single negative review. A large majority of fans agreed that the John Cena-CM Punk match was the best, while the Divas match was the worst. Most fans enjoyed the two Money in the Bank ladder matches and rated the SmackDown version as the better one; Alberto Del Rio's win was seen as expected while Daniel Bryan's win was praised as a satisfying surprise. The Big Show-Mark Henry match was generally described as "fine for what it was", while there was a mixed reaction to the finish of the Randy Orton-Christian match. Sixty percent of the feedback given to the Pro Wrestling Torch website rated the event between 9 to 10 stars out of 10.
Money in the Bank also earned a slew of positive reviews from various critics. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter rated the Cena-Punk main-event 5 stars out of 5, the first match in the WWE to do so since the first Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at Badd Blood: In Your House in 1997; it was also Meltzer's first 5-star rating to any match since 2006. For the rest of the matches, the SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match was rated 4 stars, both the Raw Money in the Bank ladder match and Orton-Christian received 3.75 stars, the Henry-Show match 1.25 stars and the Divas match no stars. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter later awarded the event the Best Major Show for 2011, while the main event won the Match of the Year.
Alex Roberts of Pro Wrestling Torch, who attended the event live in-person, criticized the ladder matches for exemplifying higher risks being taken for smaller returns (judging by the crowd response) and also noted that the apparent injuries suffered by Sin Cara and the Miz had unnerved the live crowd. He analysed that the two ladder matches were "exciting, high-flying, dangerous spectacles", but would probably blend together in the minds of most viewers with about a dozen other similar spectacles produced by the professional wrestling world that year. In contrast, he felt that the two world title matches, which relied on the basics of in-ring psychology and storytelling, had created far more memorable moments. Regarding the main event, Roberts noted that "even a match-ending run-in bypassed the expected convoluted machinations and played perfectly to the narrative at hand". Both Wade Keller and James Caldwell, both also from Pro Wrestling Torch, gave the main event a full 5 stars out of 5 rating.
The Canadian Online Explorer's Dave Hillhouse commented that Money in the Bank featured "exactly what a main event is supposed to be. A match that overshadows every other bout on the card, that has you, no matter how good each other contest is, looking forward to an ending just to be one step closer to the final contest." The main event was rated 8 out of 10 and the overall event was 6 out of 10.
The Sun's Rob McNichol rated the entire event 9.5 out of 10, describing it as a "flawless exercise in the booking, promotion and performance of a wrestling show", "full of excitement, emotion and great wrestling". Bryan's win in the "very good" opener was described as memorable and "a great way to inspire the crowd, who would become so important during the night". Regarding the Orton-Christian match, McNichol wrote that "Christian’s character development was excellent", and that interestingly, while the crowd were initially pro-Christian, who was supposed to be playing the heel, they eventually cheered Orton's post-match beatdown of Christian. The main event was described as "professional wrestling at [its] finest" and "probably the most gripping angle in wrestling this century". McNichol noted that the crowd's "astonishing" reception to the main event was as good as "any major match you have ever seen or cared about in history", while the match itself "was methodical, played to both wrestlers' strengths, and was beautifully paced".
In 2013, WWE released a list of their "15 best pay-per-views ever", with 2011's Money in the Bank was ranked the second best. WWE also released of "the 50 greatest WWE Championship Matches ever" in 2013, with the Cena-Punk match from Money in the Bank being ranked fourth best.
Money in the Bank was released on DVD by WWE Home Video on 16 August 2011, featuring the DVD extra of Matt Striker interviewing Daniel Bryan. About.com's Eric Cohen rated the DVD 5 stars out of 5, stating his belief that the event was one of the greatest PPV events of all-time, and thus warranted his highest possible recommendation. DVD Talk gave a "Highly Recommended" rating to the DVD, despite "an average technical presentation (no Blu-Ray option, either) and no real bonus features". Customer reviews from Amazon.com rated the DVD with an average of 4.9 stars out of 5.
After leaving the Allstate Arena with the WWE Championship, CM Punk was pictured that night by TMZ showing off his newly won title on the streets of Chicago together with Colt Cabana and Ace Steel. The next day, with Punk attending a Chicago Cubs baseball game with the WWE Championship, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon started an eight-man tournament to crown a new WWE Champion on Raw, which included all the participants of the Raw Money in the Bank ladder match except Evan Bourne, whose place was instead filled by Dolph Ziggler. The Miz and Rey Mysterio made it to the tournament finals, which McMahon postponed so that he could fire John Cena based on the match stipulation from Money in the Bank. However, Triple H interrupted McMahon with an announcement of his own, that the WWE board of directors had given McMahon a vote of no confidence, and that Triple H was to relieve McMahon of his duties and take over the day-to-day operations of WWE, effectively firing McMahon instead. Triple H then refused to fire Cena. On July 21, Punk, with title belt in hand, gatecrashed the joint WWE / Mattel panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International, confronting Triple H and taking exception to WWE attempting to crown a new WWE Champion. Two days later, Punk made a surprise appearance at an AAW (an indy promotion) show without his title to endorse Gregory Iron, a wrestler who had cerebral palsy. On the next Raw, the tournament concluded with Mysterio winning to become the new WWE Champion, and he had to immediately fend off Alberto Del Rio from cashing in his Money in the Bank. However, Triple H, now Chief Operating Officer, decreed that Mysterio was to face ex-champion Cena later that night for the title; Cena won to once again become WWE Champion. After the match, Punk made a surprise return to WWE with the old WWE Championship belt and the two WWE Champions had a staredown. Cena and Punk later faced off in a match at SummerSlam to crown the undisputed WWE Champion, with Punk victorious, although guest referee Triple H missed Cena having his foot on the ropes while Punk scored the pinfall. As Punk celebrated, Kevin Nash made his return and powerbombed Punk. As Triple H watched, Del Rio cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and one enzuigiri kick to Punk's head resulted in a new champion. Just over three months later, Punk regained the WWE Championship at Survivor Series, starting a reign that lasted 434 days.
After losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Christian, Randy Orton was granted a rematch at SummerSlam, where he won a No Holds Barred match to win the title. Meanwhile, Mark Henry's path of destruction continued with him also crushing Kane's and Vladimir Kozlov's ankles with steel chairs, defeating Sheamus by count-out at SummerSlam and culminating with a victory over Orton at Night of Champions to become World Heavyweight Champion for the first time in his 15 years with WWE. Big Show returned to feud with Henry over his title in October 2011. Daniel Bryan initially declared that he would only cash in his Money in the Bank contract at WrestleMania XXVIII. In November 2011, Henry also began a feud with Bryan. On the November 25 SmackDown, Henry was knocked out by Show, at which point Bryan cashed in his briefcase for a title match and quickly pinned Henry. However, the match was voided as Henry was not medically cleared to compete, so the briefcase was returned to Bryan. Bryan later admitted he betrayed his principles by not waiting for WrestleMania, but explained he felt strongly about exacting revenge on Henry and realised he may not make it to WrestleMania due to Henry's repeated assaults on him. At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Henry lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Show and attacked him after the match, which allowed Bryan to cash in his contract on Show to win the title. Bryan actually did manage to hold on to the World Heavyweight Championship until WrestleMania XXVIII, where he lost it in eighteen seconds to Sheamus.
Kelly Kelly's next contender for the Divas Championship was Beth Phoenix; Kelly defeated Phoenix to retain her title at SummerSlam, but Phoenix ultimately beat Kelly for the title at Hell in a Cell in October 2011.
Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde (Sin Cara), who was powerbombed through a ladder and taken away in a stretcher at Money in the Bank, was suspended for 30 days by WWE on the day after Money in the Bank due to his first violation of the company's Wellness Policy.
John Laurinaitis continued to appear on television after Money in the Bank; in October 2011, he was appointed Raw General Manager, replacing Triple H as the on-screen authority figure. During Laurinaitis' rule, he feuded with CM Punk and later John Cena, until he was "fired" in June 2012.
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