Money in the Bank (2012)
|Money in the Bank (2012)|
Promotional poster featuring Alberto Del Rio
|"Money in the Bank" by Jim Johnston|
|Date||July 15, 2012|
|Venue||US Airways Center|
|WWE Money in the Bank chronology|
The 2012 Money in the Bank event was the seventh of twelve professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) events produced by WWE that year, and the third installment in the Money in the Bank series of events. It took place on July 15, 2012, at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The event had 188,000 buys, slightly down on the 2011 Money in the Bank figure of 195,000 buys.
Money in the Bank featured seven professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds or and storylines that played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
At previous Money in the Bank events, Raw wrestlers competed for the WWE Championship contract and SmackDown competitors challenged for the World Heavyweight Championship opportunity. The 2012 event featured two interbranded Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, one for a future WWE Championship match and the other for a future World Heavyweight Championship match.
On the June 25 episode of Raw, Vickie Guerrero announced that only previous WWE Champions may participate in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the WWE Championship contract. The four participants are Kane, Chris Jericho, Big Show and John Cena. Earlier, during the pay-per-view, The Miz would return from filming The Marine 3: Homefront and announced that he would insert himself in the match.
On the June 29 episode of SmackDown, qualifying matches were held for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship contract. In those matches, Damien Sandow defeated Zack Ryder, Tyson Kidd defeated Jack Swagger, Santino Marella and Christian defeated Cody Rhodes and David Otunga in a tag team match and Tensai defeated Justin Gabriel. On the July 3 "Great American Bash" edition of SmackDown, Rhodes defeated Christian and Dolph Ziggler defeated Alex Riley in two additional qualifying matches. The final qualifying match for the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match took place on the July 9th episode of Raw in which Sin Cara defeated Heath Slater.
In addition, there was a rivalry involving CM Punk and Daniel Bryan for Punk's WWE Championship. In his reign as WWE Champion, he had successfully defended his title against several contenders, and had defeated Bryan in several pay-per-views, the last one also involving Kane. At the same time, Bryan's ex-girlfriend AJ had taken a liking towards Punk and Kane and had also rekindled her interest in Bryan, but Punk and Kane believed that she was unstable due to Bryan breaking up with AJ. Following No Way Out, Bryan defeated Punk and Kane to earn his rematch against Punk at Money in the Bank. Weeks later, AJ was named special guest referee. Right before the pay-per-view began, WWE.com posted that the no disqualification stipulation was added.
The event opened with the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Heavyweight Championship contract involving Damien Sandow, Tensai, Intercontinental Champion Christian, United States Champion Santino Marella, Tyson Kidd, Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara. In the end, Christian attempted to retrieve the briefcase but Ziggler struck Christian with a ladder, causing Christian to fall off the ladder, and retrieved the briefcase.
Then, The Miz returned and announced his entry in the Raw Money In The Bank ladder match.
Next, Sheamus defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio. During the match, Del Rio repeatedly targeted Sheamus' left shoulder after Sheamus collided with the ring post. In the end, Sheamus was able to execute White Noise and a Brogue Kick to retain the title.
After that, The Prime Time Players faced Primo & Epico. WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-truth were at ringside providing commentary for the match. Primo pinned Young with a roll up for the win.
In the fourth match, CM Punk defended the WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan in a no-disqualification match with AJ serving as the special guest referee. During the match, Punk accidentally knocked AJ down. Bryan took advantage of the situation and made it appear that he was concerned about her health when she was escorted to the back of the arena. While AJ was away, Bryan targeted Punk's injured ribs with the aid of a kendo stick. Punk attempted a Go To Sleep twice but Bryan countered each time. Bryan applied a surfboard but Punk escaped by using the kendo stick. AJ returned to the ring and made the second referee backstage. She brought a chair into the ring, which Bryan struck Punk with for several near-falls. Bryan tried to coax AJ, allowing Punk to roll him up for a near-fall. Punk set the chair up in the corner and before he could send Bryan into the chair, AJ stood in the way, which allowed Bryan to gain the advantage. However, as Bryan went to grab the stick, she stood on it. That distraction allowed Punk to execute a scoop slam with the chair and attempt a Diving elbow drop but Punk missed and fell on the chair. Bryan applied the Yes Lock using the kendo stick but Punk fought out and performed a GTS for a near-fall. Punk executed a Super Back Suplex through a table on Bryan to retain the title.
After that, Divas Champion Layla, Kaitlyn, and Tamina Snuka faced Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and Eve in a six-diva tag team match. When the referee lost control of the match, Tamina performed a Superkick on Phoenix. Layla performed a neckbreaker on Phoenix for the victory.
The main event was the Money in the Bank Ladder match for a WWE Championship contract involving John Cena, Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kane and The Miz. Cena performed an Attitude Adjustment on Show through a broadcast table and then the other wrestlers buried Show under several ladders. Jericho became the lone man in the ring after he hit Cena with a ladder after Cena performed an Attitude Adjustment on Kane on top of The Miz, who was lying on a ladder. Just as Jericho was about to retrieve the briefcase, Show destroyed the ladder Jericho was on with one hand. Show destroyed every ladder that was in the ring and then retrieved a super-sized ladder. Kane and Show fought atop the ladder but Show knocked Kane and Cena off of the ladder. Jericho struck Show with a chair, causing Show to fall. Jericho applied a sleeper hold to Cena while both men were atop the ladder. After Cena fell, Jericho almost retrieved the briefcase but The Miz climbed the other side of the ladder. Show climbed up the ladder and attacked Jericho and The Miz with KO Punches. Cena climbed up the other side of the ladder and used the case to attack Show, in the process unhooking the briefcase to win the match. Cena then retrieved the briefcase and knocked Show off of the ladder.
On July 23, 2012, during Raw 1000, John Cena cashed in his Money in the Bank on CM Punk by having a singles match with him, becoming only the second wrestler (Rob Van Dam being the first) to announce his intention prior to cashing in. Cena won the match via disqualification thus not winning the title after Big Show interfered. This made John Cena the first of two wrestlers (as of 2016) to officially cash in the contract and not win the championship, the other being Damien Sandow in October 2013, who also became the first wrestler to cleanly lose a cash-in match against Cena, who was at that time World Heavyweight Champion.
Meanwhile, Dolph Ziggler attempted various times to cash in the contract following Money in the Bank including four times on SmackDown against Sheamus and Big Show when they were champions respectively and on two episodes of Raw attempted to cash in, being thwarted by John Cena and Ricardo Rodriguez respectively. Ziggler defended the briefcase twice, on the August 20 episode of Raw to Chris Jericho and at TLC to Cena in a ladder match. Ziggler finally cashed in the contract, defeating Alberto Del Rio on the April 8, 2013 episode of Raw, after Del Rio had been attacked by Jack Swagger.
The feud between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio continued into SummerSlam, where Sheamus "beat" Del Rio. After Sheamus attacked Ricardo Rodriguez, Del Rio sought David Otunga to ban the Brogue Kick. This was granted by SmackDown general manager Booker T. The ban was lifted at Night of Champions, where Sheamus won.
Also, at Raw 1000, CM Punk turned heel after attacking The Rock, who was helping John Cena fend off Big Show. At SummerSlam, Punk defended the WWE Championship against Cena and Show in a Triple Threat Match and at Night of Champions against Cena, where the match ended in a draw. Punk would continue to defend the WWE Championship until the 2013 Royal Rumble, where, despite interference from The Shield, The Rock would defeat him for it.
Money in the Bank received generally positive reviews. The Baltimore Sun called the pay-per-view "Strong, if unspectacular"; they praised the WWE title match calling it a "fun ride" and that "The no disqualification stipulation really added to the contest". Both Money In The Bank matches were well received. 411 mania awarded the pay-per-view a 7.8/10 calling it 'good'. The WWE title match received a 4/5 while both the Money In The Bank matches received a 3.5/5 rating.
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