WWE Money in the Bank 2013
This is a special live report from owner of ProWrestlingPowerhouse.com, Jay Alletto.
Philadelphia has always been a mecca of huge WWE events with extremely memorable moments taking place in the city throughout history. While many fans of today automatically think of ECW when the city of Philadelphia comes up, I think about Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Bret Hart and other WWE greats who set the Philadelphia Spectrum on fire for years in the 1980′s and 1990′s.
The Spectrum is long gone, but The Wells Fargo Center was on fire tonight for WWE Money in the Bank 2013! I arrived in Philadelphia early to meet with some friends at XFINITY Live, which is a sports bar complex with several restaurants and bars for people to watch the various sports games taking place in the area.
I highly recommend it due to the convenience and atmosphere. They were really catering to WWE fans by playing wrestling theme songs. Smart move by XFINITY LIVE to take advantage of the unconventional event in the area.
After hanging out with Frank from Wrestle Reaction, Seth from GuttWrenchPowerBlog (and right here on PWP) and others, we all headed to Wells Fargo. This show had to be one of the more unpredictable Pay-Per-View cards in recent memory. With both ladder matches being mainly a crap shoot, we spend a lot of time predicting who could possibly win.
We made it into the arena in time to catch the pre-show match with The Shield defending the WWE Tag Team Championships against The Uso’s. What a hot opener! The Philadelphia crowd ALWAYS caters to the heels and the talent the they’ve been familiar with for years.
The diehard Philadelphia fans have been watching Seth Rollins (fka Tyler Black) for years, dating back to his days wrestling in the old ECW arena for Ring of Honor.
Anyway, The Shield and The Uso’s looked like they were out to prove something & they did. Solid match from start to finish with a few really awesome high spots. This is what a pre-show opener should be. For my money, they could have replaced this with any match on the main card and I wouldn’t have complained.
The Shield retains their tag team championships, but the future looks bright for both teams. The Uso’s really delivered and this feud seems far from over.
The World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match with all heels involved was the better of the two in my opinion…and that is a bit of a shocker. The lack of baby faces made you believe that this might fall flat, but in Philadelphia, heels are the way to go.
Dean Ambrose was really over with the crowd. He started gaining momentum in his career in the Philadelphia area working for companies like Combat Zone Wrestling and Dragon Gate USA. However, the surprise of the contest was Cody Rhodes. Cody has been wallowing around in the mid-card for the majority of the past two years.
His run with Damien Sandow has been a bit of a rejuvenation, but he’s been the fall guy time and time again. When Cody started to get fired up and take out everyone in the match, the crowd reacted huge! This shows you that even if we weren’t thinking about it, Cody has been poised for a baby face turn for a long time.
The aforementioned Shield vs. Uso’s rivalry spilled over into this contest when both teams got involved. Cody was able to capitalize by wiping out the field of competitors when he pushed Dean Ambrose to the floor on top of seemingly everyone. When Cody was inches away from securing the briefcase, Damien Sandow pushed him off and became Mr. Money in the Bank.
Unbelievable turn of events in this match-up with Sandow coming out victorious. I love the direction it is going. The crowd reacted huge throughout and this can push both Sandow and Rhodes up the card if a feud breaks out between the two. It will be fresh and fun to watch for sure.
Curtis Axel and The Miz was pretty run of the mill. Paul Heyman was really over in Philadelphia, which is to be expected, and the crowd did not appreciate him getting sent to the back. When looking at how the show ended, it makes perfect sense that Heyman wasn’t a huge factor here.
Axel got a much needed clean victory over The Miz to solidify his reign as Intercontinental Champion and move him forward.
AJ and Kaitlyn kept the heat going with a pretty solid divas match. The crowd wasn’t really into this very much from a live standpoint, but I’m a huge fan of AJ. She has been one of the most underrated stars on the show over the past year. A lot of people hate on AJ Lee for various reasons. However, from an all around performance standpoint, she’s delivered big time in a number of different storylines.
The finishing sequence was solid with AJ using her patented submission hold to make Kaitlyn tap once again. I’m not sure where this angle heads now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Kaitlyn falls out of the championship picture in order for WWE to heavily promote their “Total Divas” show featuring The Bella’s, Natalya and The Funkadactyls.
Ryback and Chris Jericho is next and the crowd reaction was a bit lame. Jericho really tried hard to get people to chant “Cryback”, but this was Philly. They aren’t going to chant that!
The match itself was ok, but nothing special. They had all of their big spots and Jericho attempted to get the best out of Ryback. The finish is what puzzled me the most. Ryback wins via a schoolboy?! I didn’t see that coming!
I was hoping that The Wyatt’s would make their presence felt by attacking Chris Jericho after the match to write him off TV. It didn’t happen, but I expect it to on Raw.
Ziggler and Del Rio was what it was. They have decent chemistry in the ring and my prediction of the disqualification finish came to fruition. I expect another contest between the two to take place at SummerSlam with Ziggler finally getting the strap back. However, the involvement of AJ Lee throws a curveball into the entire thing.
The crowd was really behind Dolph Ziggler and rightfully so. He has been busting his ass for years to get into the World Heavyweight Championship picture on a consistent basis and now he’s there. If you somehow take Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes and inject them into the division as well, you suddenly have a new guard of WWE superstars fighting over the illustrious championship.
I was one of the few people who was heavily behind John Cena in the crowd last night in Philadelphia. I don’t make it a secret that I’m a big fan of John Cena and have been since day one. However, I’ve also been happy with Mark Henry’s work over the past few years. He’s been a force to be reckoned with and proved it last night.
There were times in this match where I was almost certain Henry was going to walk out of Philly as the WWE Champion, but considering the placement on the card, I just couldn’t convince myself fully. Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment and a couple of STF’s to secure the tap out from The World’s Strongest Man.
Money in the Bank All Stars was extraordinary, but fell just under the World Heavyweight Championship MITB to kick off the PPV. The innovation wasn’t quite there, but the some of the spots were awesome. And what can I really say about the return of Rob Van Dam?
RVD went from wrestling in a glorified warehouse in Orlando to receiving a hero’s welcome in Philadelphia for WWE. It was truly a special moment for any longtime Rob Van Dam fan, man. I liked how the match kicked off with everyone attacking RVD.
Frankly, I knew Daniel Bryan wasn’t going to win and I’m happy he didn’t. My choice was RVD, but Randy Orton makes perfect sense. In the grand scheme of things, Daniel Bryan should get the Royal Rumble victory into a WrestleMania championship match. He’s already been Mr. Money in the Bank so it didn’t seem smart to me to give it back to him.
The IWC gave a collective gasp when Randy Orton pulled down the briefcase. However, within the confines of Philadelphia, the pop was huge when he won. A lot of those fans get it. Orton has been a blip on the radar as far as significance for a long time. He’s put over many talents including The Shield, Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett and CM Punk.
It was only a matter of time until Randy Orton reclaimed his spot in the main event scene and this solidifies that.
Overall, I was happy with the crowd (except for you idiots that bring signs and block the view of people. Shame on you.) and the atmosphere was awesome. Philadelphia is a longtime home for great professional wrestling moments and this show was certainly one of them.
I’d rate it an 8/10. Can’t wait to watch it on TV to further assess WWE Money in the Bank 2013!
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