Fifteen Times The Champ.
The 5th annual WWE Money-in-the-Bank came to you, live on select pay-per-view providers and the WWE Network, from the TD Garden in Boston, MA. On the June 9 episode of RAW, The Authority officially stripped the injured Daniel Bryan of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, leaving WWE without a champion to serve as the “face of the WWE”. However, history would be made at Money-in-the-Bank as, for the first time ever, eight WWE Superstars would compete in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match to determine the brand new champion as Alberto Del Rio, “The Viper” Randy Orton, United States Champion Sheamus, “The King of Swing” Cesaro, the patriarch of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, the explosive Roman Reigns, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane, and fourteen-time former World Champion John Cena would compete in the every-man-for-himself battle with the first Superstar to climb a ladder and successfully retrieve both title belts will walk out of Money-in-the-Bank as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
While the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match will decide a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the traditional Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match could very well determine a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion as the self-proclaimed “Architect” Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett, and “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would compete in the ladder match with the first Superstar to climb a ladder and retrieve the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase hanging high above the ring will win the match and become the official holder of the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, which holds a contract that its owner can cash in at any time they see fit for a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Money-in-the-Bank could very well prove to be a huge night for The Wyatt Family as, while Bray Wyatt competes for the chance to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Bray’s followers, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, would get their own shot at gold as Harper & Rowan challenge The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Titles. Not only would the WWE Tag Team Titles be on the line, but the Divas Title would be defended as well as Paige defends the title against Naomi.
In their continuing war over defending their respective countries, Big E would try to represent all of America proudly when he goes one-on-one with the Russian sympathizer, “The Super Athlete” Rusev. Also at Money-in-the-Bank, “The Brothers of Bizarre” Goldust & Stardust would face RybAxel in tag team action and Fandango would serve as the Special Referee in a war between his ex-girlfriend, Summer Rae, and his current girlfriend, Layla.
- WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) def. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan by Jey Uso (c) pinning Erick Rowan following the Superfly Splash to retain.
- Divas Championship: Paige (c) def. Naomi (with Cameron) by pin following an elevated DDT to retain.
- Adam Rose def. Damien Sandow by pin following the Party Foul.
- Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match: Seth Rollins (with Kane) def. Dean Ambrose, Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter), Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, & Rob Van Dam to win the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase.
- Goldust & Stardust def. RybAxel by Stardust rolling up Ryback.
- Rusev (with Lana) def. Big E by submission to the Accolade.
- Special Referee- Fandango: Layla def. Summer Rae by pin following a kick to the head.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match: John Cena def. Randy Orton, Kane, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro (with Paul Heyman), Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, & Roman Reigns to win the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
Money-in-the-Bank kicks off with gold on the line as The Usos would defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. During the match, Erick Rowan would have the match in hand, but Rowan would make the peculiar choice of going to the top rope and it would ultimately cost Rowan as The Usos deliver a ring-rattling double superplex to Erick Rowan! Jimmy Uso then hits the Superfly Splash on Erick Rowan followed by a second Superfly Splash from Jey Uso, who pins Rowan to pick up the win and successfully retain the WWE Tag Team Titles.
The Divas Title was also on the line at Money-in-the-Bank as Naomi, with Cameron in her corner, would challenge Paige for the Divas Championship. At the end of an impressive match, it was Paige utilizing an elevated DDT on Naomi, pinning Naomi to pick up the win and successfully retain the Divas Title.
The Exotic Express would make a special stop at Money-in-the-Bank as the fun-loving Adam Rose would make his pay-per-view debut, going one-on-one with Damien Sandow, who was dressed as Paul Revere. In the end, it was Adam Rose hitting the Party Foul on “Paul Revere” en route to picking up the win.
Then it was time for the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match where “The Architect” Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler, “Mr. Pay-Per-View” Rob Van Dam, and “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would all compete in a match where the first Superstar to climb a ladder and successfully retrieve the briefcase hanging above the ring will win the match and the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, which entitles its holder to a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Title at any time he sees fit for the next year. The hatred between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins would immediately take center stage as Dean Ambrose heads straight for Seth Rollins as Ambrose pummels Rollins on the outside of the ring. Kofi Kingston was then the first competitor to use the ladder as a weapon, running up the ladder and taking Rob Van Dam out before knocking Jack Swagger out of the ring with a ladder. Kofi then sets up a ladder in the center of the ring, making the climb to the top, but Dean Ambrose would knock the ladder over. However, Kofi would catch himself on the top rope, using it as a springboard to take out RVD, Swagger, and Ziggler on the outside. Back in the ring, Dean Ambrose would prop up a ladder in the corner of the ring, delivering a double underhook suplex to Seth Rollins on the ladder! Ambrose then tries to climb the ladder, but Swagger pulls Ambrose off of the ladder, taking both men out. Kofi and Dolph then try to climb the ladder, but Jack Swagger gets involved, so Kofi and Dolph work together to take Swagger out, as well as Ambrose. Kofi and Dolph then try to take each other out, but it is Seth Rollins who uses a ladder to take both men out. The ladder match veteran, Rob Van Dam, then uses a ladder to take Seth Rollins down before standing a ladder up in the corner of the ring, sending Rollins spine-first into the ladder before planting both feet into the chest of Rollins. RVD then lays the ladder horizontally on the bottom rope in the corner, using Rolling Thunder to crush Rollins between RVD and the ladder. Dolph then rushes RVD, but RVD drops Ziggler with a kick to the face before taking Jack Swagger down and hitting the Five-Star Frog Splash!
Rob Van Dam then climbs to each for the briefcase, but he is stopped by Kofi Kingston. The two high-flyers then exchange shots and Kofi tries to utilize a superplex on RVD, but Jack Swagger drives a ladder into the spine of Kofi Kingston. Swagger then sets the ladder up in the corner, pulling RVD to the top of the towering ladder, but RVD fights off the attempted superplex, knocking Swagger off of the ladder to the mat. RVD was then poised for the Five-Star Frog Splash, but Seth Rollins would meet RVD at the top of the ladder and Swagger would work his way under RVD and, with a little push from Rollins, Swagger would drill RVD with a powerbomb from the top of the ladder! Before Seth Rollins can get down from his perch, Dean Ambrose rushes up the ladder, hooking Rollins and dropping Rollins with a huge superplex from on top of the ladder, taking both men out! Ambrose is the first to climb to his feet, but he is quickly taken out by Jack Swagger, who uses Dolph Ziggler to sandwich Ambrose between the ladder and the ring ropes. Swagger then sets his sights on Kofi Kingston, hitting a splash in the corner on top of a ladder, crushing Kofi. Swagger then sets a ladder up in the middle of the ring, but before Swagger can retrieve the briefcase, he is met at the top by RVD. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins then take RVD and Swagger out before the former teammates climb to the top of the ladder with Ambrose knocking Rollins off of the ladder before using a DDT to take Swagger out. As Dean Ambrose struggles to get to his feet, Seth Rollins slowly climbs the ladder, but Ambrose is quick to shove the ladder over, taking Rollins out. Referees and medical personnel then tend to Dean Ambrose and, despite some fighting from Ambrose, the medical staff refuses to let Dean Ambrose continue the match due to the condition of his shoulder. RVD and Rollins would then climb to the top of the ladder in the middle of the ring and Kofi uses a second ladder as a platform to the first ladder and Kofi knocks RVD off of the ladder.
Seth Rollins then gets his hands on Kofi Kingston, but Kofi utilizes a backdrop, dropping Rollins’ spine-first onto the second ladder! Dolph Ziggler then takes Kofi Kingston out, as well as Jack Swagger and Rob Van Dam. Swagger then comes in with a ladder, but Dolph Ziggler knocks the ladder back into Swagger’s face. Kofi then tries to take Ziggler out, but Dolph hits the Zig Zag on Kofi Kingston on top of a ladder, taking Kofi out of the equation. Dolph then climbs the ladder, but Swagger comes in again, locking in the Patriot Lock on Dolph Ziggler, but Ziggler refuses to let go of the ladder, using his upper body strength to stay on the ladder. Ziggler then kicks Swagger away before doing his best to hobble to the top of the ladder, but Seth Rollins would come in with a steel chair, using the chair on Dolph’s ankle and delivering a second shot to Ziggler, taking Dolph out. Rollins then tries to climb the ladder, but Dean Ambrose runs back out, grabbing the steel chair, completely wearing Rollins out with the chair! With only one arm, Dean Ambrose does his best to climb the ladder, but Kane would come out to stop Dean Ambrose as “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” pulls Ambrose off of the ladder, dropping Ambrose with a chokeslam. Kane then makes sure to take Ambrose out of the match, spiking Ambrose with the Tombstone Piledriver! The plan then became apparent as Kane actually holds the ladder, watching as Seth Rollins climbs the ladder, unhooking the briefcase to win the match and become the 2014 “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”, earning himself a future shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, The Authority would congratulate their hand-picked protégé as Triple H & Stephanie McMahon applaud Seth Rollins’ victory.
“The Brothers of Bizarre” were in action at Money-in-the-Bank as Stardust & Goldust would face RybAxel in tag team action. In the end, it was Stardust side-stepping an oncoming Curtis Axel, who runs into Ryback, allowing Stardust to catch Ryback with a roll-up to pick up the win for himself and Goldust. After the match, Curtis Axel would try to ambush “The Brothers of Bizarre”, but Goldust & Stardust would thwart the attack, hitting a double-team DDT on Axel.
In an international match between two proud patriots, Big E would represent America in a pre-Independence Day battle against the transplanted Russian, Rusev, with Lana in his corner. In an absolute war between the two behemoths, Big E would give Rusev the fight of his career, but “The Super Athlete” would persevere, thwarting Big E’s attempt to break out of the Accolade, making Big E tap out to pick up his toughest victory to date.
Backstage, WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon confronts Nikki Bella and her fired sister, Brie Bella. Brie tells Stephanie that she is there to support her husband, Daniel Bryan, and Nikki tells her boss that Brie is there as her guest. Stephanie says that it is WWE policy that only “authorized personnel” are allowed backstage, regardless of whom they are or who their husband is. Brie then says that she was just showing Nikki her new favorite video, showing Stephanie the video from RAW where the recently fired Vickie Guerrero tossed Stephanie into a pool of brown goo on RAW. A livid Stephanie then gets in Brie’s face, saying that she had a feeling that Brie would be “trouble” before she calls for security. Brie then exits with security, telling Stephanie that she hopes the Principal Owner enjoyed her “mud bath”. Nikki asks Stephanie to reconsider kicking Brie out of the arena, but Stephanie just tells Nikki to make sure that Brie stays out of the arena.
Fandango would be stuck in the middle of a battle between his current lover and former lover as the dancing Superstar would serve as the Special Referee for a match between his current girlfriend, Layla, and his ex-girlfriend, Summer Rae. In the end, it was Layla delivering a hard kick to the head of Summer Rae en route to picking up the win. After the match, Fandango would twirl Layla around before planting a kiss on Layla, cementing their relationship as Summer Rae breaks down in tears in the middle of the ring.
With WWE COO Triple H & WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon seated at ringside, it was time for the history-making main event as “The Viper” Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, United States Champion Sheamus, “The King of Swing” Cesaro, with Paul Heyman in his corner, the patriarch of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, the seemingly unstoppable Roman Reigns, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane, and the fourteen-time former World Champion John Cena would all compete in the first ever WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match to determine a brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion! The match would kick off with all eight men pairing off and brawling around the ring before Randy Orton and Kane begin to work together to clear the ring. Kane then introduces a ladder into the match, but Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio deliver a double baseball slide, sending the ladder into the face of Kane. Cesaro and Del Rio then battle over the ladder, but Bray Wyatt hurls his body at the ladder, taking both men out. Bray then slams John Cena down ribs-first onto the ladder before Roman Reigns enters the ring, taking Bray Wyatt out before Sheamus knocks Roman Reigns out of the ring. Kane then stops Sheamus from climbing the ladder before Roman Reigns and Randy Orton come back into the ring, brawling with each other with Reigns getting the advantage and knocking Orton out of the ring. Roman Reigns and Sheamus then both grab a ladder, using the steel to sandwich Kane before both Sheamus and Reigns try to climb their ladders before Cesaro and Del Rio join the fray on top of the ladders. Kane then tips both ladders over before dropping Reigns with an uppercut, shoving Sheamus to the outside, leveling Bray Wyatt with an uppercut, taking Cesaro down with a big boot, and drilling both Del Rio and John Cena with back-to-back chokeslams! Kane then sets up a ladder in the middle of the ring, picking Randy Orton up and pushing him towards the ladder. However, Roman Reigns would enter the ring, shoving Kane into the ladder, causing Randy Orton to fall off of the ladder. Bray Wyatt then takes Roman Reigns out before John Cena takes Bray down and Cesaro drops John Cena with a big European uppercut. Cesaro and Sheamus then battle on top of the ladder with both men grabbing on to the title belts before Bray Wyatt pulls the ladder out from under them, leaving both men dangling precariously in the air with Cesaro kicking Sheamus, making Sheamus fall to the mat below. As Cesaro continues to hang from the rafters, Alberto Del Rio levels Sheamus with a kick to the face and Bray Wyatt takes out Del Rio before Cesaro is finally forced to let go of the belts before he is squashed with a senton from Bray Wyatt.
On the outside of the ring, Randy Orton pulls himself away from the ringside physician, who is trying to stop the bleeding on the top of Orton’s head, jumping back into the fray. However, Sheamus gets the better of Randy Orton, propping a ladder up on the ring apron and the announce table, using the ladder as a bridge, but “The Viper” would pull Sheamus’ leg out from under the United States Champion before dropping Sheamus with a suspended DDT on the floor. Orton then brings the ladder into the ring, setting the huge ladder up in the center of the ring, but as Orton climbs, everyone scrambles into the ring at once as Superstars continue to pull each other off of the ladder before Kane takes control of the match, tossing everyone out of the ring. Kane then tries to deliver a chokeslam to Sheamus off of the ring apron, but Sheamus battles back, taking Kane out before taking Roman Reigns out. The United States Champion then takes Cesaro out before hitting White Noise on Randy Orton and sizing “The Viper” up for the Brogue Kick, but Sheamus would spot John Cena getting to his feet, taking Cena out with the Brogue Kick instead. Sheamus then tosses Randy Orton to the outside before setting up the giant ladder in the ring, but Kane drags Sheamus out of the ring and Sheamus again takes Kane out, sending “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” into the steel steps. Cesaro then uses a ladder to bridge a path to the tall ladder, walking the path and meeting Sheamus at the top of the ladder. Meanwhile, Del Rio wedges a ladder in the middle of the giant ladder before Roman Reigns tips over the giant ladder, but the ladder wedged in the middle stops the ladder from falling over all the way, leaving Cesaro in a very scary position. Despite the dangerous positioning, Cesaro would climb his way around the side of the ladder to get to Sheamus, but as Cesaro and Sheamus battle, John Cena tips the giant ladder back to its upright position. Cena then tries to climb the ladder, but Bray Wyatt enters the battle, dropping John Cena onto a ladder with a suplex. Kane and Randy Orton then work together to take Cesaro out before they pull Sheamus down off of the ladder, taking Sheamus out, but just as Kane is setting the ladder up for Randy Orton, Roman Reigns blasts Kane with a Spear before Orton uses the ladder to take Reigns out. Orton then goes for the RKO on Reigns, but Reigns counters with the Superman Punch to Orton. Reigns then takes Sheamus out with the Superman Punch as well before delivering his flying dropkick to Del Rio and Bray Wyatt before dropping Cesaro with a Spear on the outside!
Then there were only two men left standing, Roman Reigns and John Cena, who begin trading blows with both men trying to take the other out before Reigns blasts Cena with the Spear. Reigns then sets the large ladder up in the center of the ring, but Randy Orton stops Roman Reigns from climbing the ladder, taking Reigns out with his signature backbreaker from the ladder. Orton then begins the slow climb up the ladder, but Bray Wyatt cuts Orton off, dropping Orton with the Sister Abigail. Bray then climbs the ladder, but Alberto Del Rio levels Bray Wyatt with a straight kick to the face. Del Rio then climbs the ladder, but Sheamus knocks the ladder over before dropping Del Rio with the Brogue Kick. Sheamus then sets the ladder up, but Cesaro pulls Sheamus off of the ladder, hitting an uppercut before planting the United States Champion with the Neutralizer. Cesaro then climbs the ladder, but is taken out with an RKO from Randy Orton before Orton again tries to climb the ladder. Reigns then meets Orton halfway up the ladder and both men exchange shots as both Orton and Reigns try to keep the other from making the climb with Reigns targeting the bloody head of Orton to knock Orton down. However, Kane would pull Roman Reigns off of the ladder, holding the ladder for Randy Orton before John Cena jumps back into the fray, planting Kane with the Attitude Adjustment before picking Orton off of the ladder and delivering the Attitude Adjustment to Orton on top of Kane! Cena then climbs the ladder and, much to the crushing disappointment of The Authority, John Cena retrieves the title belts, winning the brutal ladder match to become the brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the fifteenth World Title in the legendary career of John Cena!
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