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7/18 Twilling's WWE Money in the Bank PPV report: Sheamus vs. John Cena in a steel cage for the WWE Championship, two Money in the Bank ladder matches, Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship
Jul 18, 2010 - 10:00 PM




By Rich Twilling

Aired live on pay-per-view
Kansas City, Missouri at the Sprint Center


A Money in the Bank video with slow, glorious music played. A more intense narrator stepped in to finish up the opening video...

Fireworks lit up the stage. There was a huge set of ceiling screens. Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Matt Striker welcomed us to the show. The Spanish announcers checked in at ringside, so you know someone is going through that table...

The Smackdown briefcase was shown hanging above the ring. Kofi Kingston made his ring entrance, followed by the other participants in the first MITB match of the evening...

1. Kane defeated Kofi Kingston, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, and Matt Hardy in the Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match in 26:17.

Cole said Show was the largest man to ever compete in the Money in the Bank ladder match...

Twill's Two Cents: No kidding Cole. Andre the Giant or Haystacks Calhoun never participated in one of these matches.

Show was the first try to climb the ladder, but a rung broke. He then broke another one on his own. With everyone on the floor, Show was taken out and McIntyre gained the advantage. He went for the briefcase, but Hardy stopped him. Christian then stopped Hardy.

Hardy returned the favor and both men went at it as everyone else recovered on the floor. Cody made an attempt but Kofi Hogan (dressed in red and yellow) prevented Cody from grabbing the briefcase.

Ziggler was the closest as he had a hand on the hook, but Christian stopped him. Hardy and Christian worked together temporarily but then went back to fighting each other...

Twill's Two Cents: I love the history between Hardy and Christian. It's been over ten years since the Hardys and E&C went at it in that ladder match. TLC is almost ten years old too.

By the way, who chose the ugly ass green color to paint the ring posts? Kane and McIntyre flirted with the Spanish announce table. Kofi then laid Drew out on the said table while eyeballing a ladder. He hit the Boom Drop from the ladder onto Drew and through the table.

Twill's Two Cents: If you had under 21 minutes for the Spanish announce table, you win the pool.

After all of the chaos, Ziggler almost won the match again. Show pushed the ladder out of the way with ease and caught Ziggler to chokeslam him. Kane and Show went at it again. Show just started kicking everyone's ass.

Show splashed the middle of a ladder on top of both Christian and Hardy, but he hurt himself. Show pulled out a 350 pound ladder. Instead of just sliding it underneath the bottom rope, he tried to pull it in from over the top. Didn't work. He brought it in over the second rope...

Twill's Two Cents: That is a badass ladder.

Cody hit Show in the ankle with a child's ladder (regular one). Ziggler took out Cody. Ziggler struggled to climb Show's ladder. Show starting stirring about. Everyone else was on the floor.

Kofi leaped onto the ladder and was climbing it, but Cody hit him with a missile dropkick. He then hit Cross Rhodes, but nearly took himself out as he did. Well, Big Show got up again and started climbing. Kane pushed the ladder over and Show tumbled to the floor.

Everyone else threw ladders on top of Show. It's nice that everyone was organized in wanting to clean up their mess. Everyone fought over climbing the ladder. Ziggler applied a sleeper on Kane on the ladder. Haven't seen Drew in awhile.

Kofi and Cody pulled Kane to the floor. Kane chokeslammed Kofi onto the Big Show pile. Cody ran away. There goes my pick. Kane ran him face first into, what the hell is that? An ambulance? An armored vehicle?

Kane, Christian, and Hardy remained in the ring. Christian and Hardy climbed to the top together. They brawled at the top for awhile and both fell to the mat. McIntyre then saw an opening and the crowd groaned. Kane met him at the top and chokeslammed him. Kane secured the briefcase...

Twill's Two Cents: Very good match and a very good way to open the show. I was surprised to see Kane get the win here, but I always thought he deserved more than a one day WWE Championship run in his career. Kane vs. Taker for the title down the road? Kane cashing in on Rey Mysterio tonight? I could see it happening.

Backstage, Josh Mathews interviewed Sheamus. Sheamus said he thought he was untouchable as the WWE Champion, but staring at The Nexus was like staring at a great white shark. He said he finally understood what Arn Anderson and John Cena were trying to tell him.

He said he was forced to choose a side and he chose one. He was asked if he respected Cena, but he said he did what he did because he did not want Cena to have any excuses. He said he hated Cena. He said the fans love Cena, but their opinions are worthless.

He said he would beat Cena worse than The Nexus ever did. While The Nexus are a threat, he is going to prove he is even a bigger threat...

Twill's Two Cents: Good promo by Sheamus in admitting Arn Anderson was correct. He then reminded everyone he is a heel and cut a solid promo on his opponent for tonight.

2. Alicia Fox defeated Eve Torres to retain the WWE Divas Championship in 5:51. Alicia, with Eve on the ropes, swept the leg, sending Eve to the mat and then the floor. Nice tilt-a-whirl backbreaker by Alicia for a nearfall.

Eve hit a series of kicks, but had trouble with her lower back. She hit an impressive standing moonsault for a two count. The back continued to be a problem though and Alicia hit the axe kick for the win...

Twill's Two Cents: Sure, the crowd was spent from the opener, but that was one of the better woman's matches in WWE I've seen in a long time. Nice work by both ladies.

Footage aired of Kane's search to find Undertaker's attacker. Jack Swagger allowed his Danny Bonaduce lookalike father to take a chokeslam and tombstone from Kane...

Twill's Two Cents: Kane has to be cashing in tonight. This could be the biggest night of his career.

Backstage, Swagger was talking to his mom on the phone. He said what happened to his dad was not his fault. He said his dad got what he deserved for trying to steal the spotlight. He told his mom to shut up. That's not a great way to get a lady Jack. He told his mom he would snap Mysterio's ankle tonight...

Twill's Two Cents: Just what a mom wants to hear. She's probably bragging right now that her son is going to snap someone's ankle.

3. The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd, with Natalya) defeated Jimmy and Jey Uso (with Tamina) to retain the Unified Tag Team Championships in 5:52. An Irish whip running ass to the head nearly knocked out and pinned Smith. Cole said it was vintage Rikishi, but it was more vintage Umaga.

Jimmy and Jey kept Smith isolated and prevented him from tagging Kidd. Kidd did make the tag, but the Usos did a nice job keeping Kidd grounded. A blind tag led to a double team airborne Samoan Drop.

After a missed top rope splash, Smith was ready to apply the Sharpshooter, but Tamina jumped up on the apron. Natalya took her out though. Smith was then able to apply the move to Jimmy, forcing him to tap out...

Twill's Two Cents: It didn't have the time to develop into anything special, although it was enjoyable. I wonder now where the Usos go from here, or will someone else (The Nexus?) step up to challenge the Harts for the belts.

A hype video for Mysterio vs. Swagger was shown...

4. Rey Mysterio defeated Jack Swagger to win the World Heavyweight Championship in 10:46. Shockingly, Mr. Swagger did not accompany Jack to the ring. Cole pointed out again that Swagger was the fastest to cash in the MITB briefcase. Could be setting up for something.

Rey limped out to the ring. Well, he jumped around for his pyro first. Always smart to do before a match when you have an ankle injury. Rey looked like he raided Demolition's old ring gear closet. He looks bedazzled. Championship match introductions...

Jack attempted to end the match early with the ankle lock, but Rey was still too quick for him. He then hit a seated senton from the top rope onto Swagger on the floor. Rey went to the top, but Swagger Angled the ropes and hit a belly to belly.

Swagger grounded Mysterio and then missed the Swagger splash in the corner. Striker openly rooted for Swagger. Rey nearly pinned Swagger with a split legged moonsault. Swagger turned the tides quickly with a wheelbarrow suplex for a two count.

Gutwrench powerbomb by Swagger, but Rey put his foot on the rope to stop the three count. Hurricarana by Rey sent Swagger into the post. Swagger stood on the second ropes with Rey, but Rey countered it into a DDT for a two count. Cool spot.

Rey hit the 619, but Swagger caught him and applied the ankle lock. Rey got to the ropes. Swagger hit two corner splashes. Rey loosened his boot. I smell an Eddie Guerrero finish. Striker called it. I called it. Rey rolled up Swagger after a hurricarana and scored the pinfall...

Swagger was a good sport and attacked Rey after the match. He locked in the ankle lock on Rey's foot. Kane made the save and beat the crap out of Swagger up the ramp. Rey celebrated with the belt...

Kane's music hit. He came out with the briefcase and a referee. Kane officially cashed in...

5. Kane defeated Rey Mysterio to win the World Heavyweight Championship in :52. Chokeslam. Tombstone. Over. Kane held the belt up high. Cole said it was "almost a decade" since Kane won a World Championship...

Twill's Two Cents: Well, I didn't pick Kane, but I did predict the cashing in and defeating of Mysterio tonight. By the way Cole, Kane won the then WWF Championship from Steve Austin at King of the Ring 1998. He lost the belt the next night.

Backstage, Edge was watching the monitor. He liked what he saw in Kane taking advantage of an opportunity...

Edge and Chris Jericho told each other both of them are going to cash in and win the WWE Championship tonight. So, we know the MITB ladder match will take place before the cage match...

Kelly Kelly made her entrance. She hugged and kissed a guy at ringside. He then exploded. LayCool came out to crickets...

6. Layla (with Michelle McCool) defeated Kelly Kelly (with Tiffany) for the Woman's Championship in 3:55. Layla tripped Kelly with the ring skirt. She then worked on the leg. Kelly hit her finisher, but Layla had her legs in the ropes. Kelly tried a sunset flip pin, but Layla leaned forward for the win...

Striker kissed up to LayCool in an annoying and patronizing voice...

Twill's Two Cents: Clunky and sloppy. They worked hard and Michelle tried to add something to the match with her outside interference, but that one was forgettable.

Footage aired of the Smackdown MITB ladder match from earlier in the show...

7. The Miz defeated Randy Orton, Edge, Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, John Morrison, Ted DiBiase, and Chris Jericho in the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match in 20:27. Edge rolled a ladder in the ring. The bell rang and he slid out. Everyone just stood there for a few moments.

Edge climbed the ladder first but Orton stopped him. Henry took out Miz and then talked shit about it. Jericho then fed him a ladder. Nice. Bourne was alone in the ring and it took him about an hour to set up the ladder to climb it.

Edge and Orton appeared. Orton hit his hanging from the ropes DDT, but from the ladder, onto Bourne. DiBiase and Miz beat up on Morrison. They both ate a ladder that was set up in the corner.

Two ladders were set up. Edge, Morrison, Orton, and Jericho reached for the briefcase. Henry came in and pushed both ladder over simultaneously. Maryse came into the ring. She climbed the ladder.

Twill's Two Cents: What the hell? Can I jump in the ring and try to grab the briefcase too? Well actually, no, because I am not in attendance, but you get the point.

Morrison stopped Maryse and set her down. DiBiase used the distraction to almost win the match. The action mainly spilled to the floor, but Edge went for the briefcase. Morrison used one ladder from the corner to give him momentum to get to the main ladder.

Morrison was placed perpendicular to the ladder in the ladder. Edge and Miz made him pay. Edge then knocked Miz to the floor and tipped the Morrison ladder over. Henry took out Jericho and Miz before trying to climb the ladder.

Bourne climbed over Henry, but was grabbed by Edge and Orton. Henry was on the floor at this point. Bourne was thrown into Henry, who caught him for a left handed World's Strongest Slam. Henry then took a kick from Morrison, a Codebreaker from Jericho, and a spear from Edge.

There was a fulcrum point situation going on with ladders turned upside down in the ring. Reminds me of my old science classes. Chemistry was my favorite though. Anyway, Morrison and Jericho fought on the ladder.

Orton hit the RKO on Morrison and Bourne hit the SSP on Orton. Bourne climbed the ladder and had Swagger issues with the hook. Jericho knocked Bourne to the mat with the briefcase. Jericho fell back down the ladder though.

Edge was very close to the case but Orton pushed him off into the upside down ladder. Orton set up and climbed the ladder. Miz tipped Orton over. He climbed up and secured the ladder for the victory...

Miz started crying. He grabbed the mic and said we were all living in his moment. He screamed, "I made it!" He said he was a future WWE Champion and he is awesome...

Twill's Two Cents: Shorter than the opener, but very good in its own right. Some of the spots were very nasty and very innovative. I preferred this to the opener because The Miz won the match. This match is supposed to build a new star and Miz, albeit already a star, is now moving into the main event picture. Nice mic work by Miz afterward. This is the same guy who was a douche bag doing his MTV crap and who couldn't dress in the locker room for six months. Big night for Miz.

8. Sheamus defeated John Cena in a steel cage to retain the WWE Championship in 23:02. Loud pop and then boos for Cena. Then the crowd died out a bit during his entrance. Sheamus' entrance did not illicit much of a response from the crowd.

Sheamus is the 39th man to hold the WWE Championship and his current reign is the 100th in the history of the title. Striker pointed out The Undertaker winning the WWE Championship in Kansas City in 1999. Unfortunately, that was more well known as the even where Owen Hart passed away...

Very slow start to the match that saw Cena look less confident than he usually does. Cena took a shot to the jaw that he babied. In a punch exchange, the crowd cheered Sheamus and booed Cena. No surprise there.

Sheamus tried to climb out, but Cena climbed up after him. Cena attempted the Attitude Adjustment, but Sheamus wiggled out. Sheamus hit the double sledge for a two count. He applied a sleeper and then turned it into what could be described as a rear naked sleeper.

Cena stood up with Sheamus on his back. The rope did not break the hold, but Cena climbed the cage with Sheamus on his back. Sheamus jumped off and took out Cena's leg. Sheamus earned a two count. He climbed the cage, but Cena pulled him down from the top rope. Both men were out.

Cena stood up and hit his spots, but an AA attempt gave Sheamus a boost to climb the cage. Cena pulled him down and knocked him to the mat. Instead of climbing out (I mean, why in the hell would he want to win the match!?), he missed a top rope five knuckle shuffle.

Sheamus tied Cena in the ropes ala Andre the Giant. Yes, that is two Andre references in one 2010 report. Sheamus took some of Cena's stupid pills by not climbing right out. He climbed over Cena, who freed himself and pulled Sheamus back in.

He hit a bulldog from the top on Sheamus for a two count. Cena could not hit the AA again and Sheamus hit the Irish Curse (left handed Rock Bottom into a backbreaker). Bicycle kick by Sheamus but Cena kicked out.

Sheamus went to climb out (the door is locked), but decided he wanted to beat Cena in the ring. Cena hit a huge AA but Sheamus kicked out. The Nexus came out in new shirts (same on the front and something written on the back) with bolt cutters.

Twill's Two Cents: Bolt cutters! I can't believe nobody thought of that before. Ugh. By the way, the shirt says, "You're either Nexus, or against us."

The referee grabbed the bolt cutters, so Nexus tried to bully another referee. The ring referee was taken out on accident. Cena immediately made Sheamus tap out but nobody was there to call it. Cena and Justin Gabriel met at the top of the cage. Cena threw him into the ring.

Cena tried to climb out, but six of The Nexus guys stopped him from reaching the floor. Sheamus climbed out on the other side, and only Heath Slater was there to stop him. Yeah, that's even. Sheamus made it to the floor and retained his championship.

Afterward, Cena beat up on his personal whipping boy, Darren Young. I guess he has a problem with Young literally stealing his look. Cena had a really pissed off look on his face. He took out Young and Tarver because the rest of them ran away already. Cena walked to the back and the image of the three laid out Nexus members closed out the broadcast...

Twill's Two Cents: I was not a fan of that cage match. It started slow and while it had a few moments here and there, it never really picked up. The Nexus interference added absolutely nothing to the match as it seems they legitimately have beef with both Cena and Sheamus. Cena turning here would have been money. Take a chance Vince. Damn. So, the new Cena we get will be a more Superman-like and pissed off Cena? I thought any change would be an improvement, but it's going to be the same old thing. On top of all that, Sheamus lost the match before he won it, so he digresses a bit here.

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