WWE Money in the Bank 2013 Review
The road to Money in the Bank 2016 continues as we return just a couple of years ago when John Cena was on top of the WWE reigning as the WWE Champion and was set to face one of the biggest challenges in the form of Mark Henry, following his infamous feigned retirement speech. But also, this event marked the much awaited and anticipated return of Rob Van Dam to the WWE, entering the MITB Ladder match. With two ladder matches and two championship opportunities, the WWE returns to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here we go with the Money in the Bank 2013 Review…
The opening promo looks at the Money in the Bank match, and their focus they can take from winning the match before looking at the All Stars MITB this evening which will see the return of Rob Van Dam to the WWE following a multi-year absence. The promo is good but in all honesty slightly long winded and drawn out which makes it loose its effectiveness. We then go inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for this evenings event before we quickly go to the ring for the first match of evening.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Heavyweight Championship Match Contract: Dean Ambrose vs. Fandango (w/ Summer Rae) vs. Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) vs. Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett
Fandango and Ambrose are already in the ring without an entrance which is quite surprising…that is usually a novelty saved for the ladies. Anyhow, each of the participants make their way to the ring, with Zeb Colter making a very promising promo encouraging “We The People” whilst Sandow cuts a promo which was typical of his character at the time. The match quickly gets underway, and unfortunately doesn’t differentiate itself from other MITB matches because it is effectively contested as a series of one-on-one contests. They use the ladders well, but that is about it. What does stand out is the number of people associated with this match which have recently being released by the company…
The match is contested at a reasonable pace throughout with a nice choke hold from Cesaro being used on Ambrose on top of a ladder. There are a couple of spots where a winner is teased, including a close call from Cody Rhodes which receives an incredible reaction from those in attendance but it is ultimately halted by the interference of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. This leads to an appearance from The Usos to take them out which allows Ambrose to try and retrieve the briefcase but he is sent flying. Ultimately, in a complete surprise Sandow is successful is gaining the contract in an enjoyable opening match.
Winner: Damien Sandow
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We are then introduced to the new General Manager of RAW, Brad Maddox who talks about his new role and how he won’t live up to the hype of Vickie Guerrero, before highlighting her appearance on the pre-show panel. He goes on to demoralize the local Philadelphia crowd, before highlighting Vickie bring the E in WWE for Entertainment. An amusing video package is shown showcasing her various blooper moments over the years. She is not amused.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Curtis Axel (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. The Miz
Both men make their way to the ring, with Axel showing some really good intensity towards Miz in the early moments but Miz is able to use his speed to gain the upper hand. He then feigns an attack from Paul Heyman to get him ejected from ringside. The match is quite back and forth between the pair in the next few minutes, which sees Axel nail Miz with a patent Mr Perfect Perfect Plex but Miz able to use the patent Ric Flair Figure Four. Axel does show some great aggression throughout, and eventually wins the match with an almost reverse swinging neck-breaker. I am really surprised by this match, it was really enjoyable and shown me great potential from Axel.
Winner: Curtis Axel, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
WWE Diva’s Championship: AJ Lee (c) (w/ Big E) vs. Kaitlyn (w/ Layla)
Both women make their way to the ring as a video clip is shown from SmackDown to give the match some backstory, and Kaitlyn to her credit does a cracking slap across the face of Big E. As the match gets underway, AJ tries to exploit the elbow injury of Kaitlyn but Kaitlyn is able to use something within her arsenal to regain the control of the match. The elbow plays a continual role throughout the match which allows AJ to generally gain the upper hand and ultimately lock in her very impressive Black Widow finisher to pick up the win in a slow, but enjoyable match.
Winner: AJ Lee, to retain the WWE Diva’s Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars