OSR: WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Review
In the next edition of the OSR, we go back to 2012. A year notable for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, the London Olympics and Hurricane Sandy causing devastation. But in the world of WWE, we were midway through CM Punk‘s reign as WWE Champion and counting down the days to RAW 1000. With John Cena set to fulfill his final prophesy of becoming Mr MITB following his loss a few months prior to The Rock at WrestleMania 28. I can vividly remember watching this event shortly after it happened, but that is likely the last time I saw it so this is an almost blank canvas for me in this OSR featuring the WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Review…
The opening promo showcases the history of the MITB since its conception at WrestleMania 21 with Edge cashing in the contract before looking at various winners over the years as the match has developed. We then go inside the US Airways Arena in Phoenix, Arizona where we are welcomed to tonight’s event by Michael Cole before we quickly head up to the first match of the evening.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Heavyweight Championship Match Contract: Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero) vs. Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Sin Cara vs. Tensai (w/ Sakamoto) vs. Christian
Each of the participants make their way to the ring, and I can honestly say that I like the dynamic of the participants in the match bar one man…flaming Tensai, why oh why. The match soon enough gets underway with various impressive spots from the majority of the competitors. I am very surprised at how much “performance” time Tyson Kidd is being given. There are credible performances from everyone, Tensai to his credit does sell everyone else’s moves beautifully. Kidd is able to nail Ziggler with an almost aerial face plant which is pretty cool, but there is another nice spot which is quite amusing when Tensai literally throws Ziggler across the announce table like a little baby. Eventually, Ziggler is able to capture the briefcase in an enjoyable match which I can say surprised me slightly.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez)
The history package is shown for the feud which is slightly uninteresting before they both make their way to the ring. The match soon enough gets underway but these guys really do not work well with one another in the slightest. This match comes across as very tedious and slow. The fans are also very uninterested in this match, and not surprisingly. There is nothing within the match to catch your imagination or grab your attention so it comes as a nice welcome surprise when this diabolical and boring match comes to an end. The only promising bit is when gets the crowd alive when he comes to cash in his MITB contract, but is quickly taken out before the bell rings.
Winner: Sheamus, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars