This week’s show starts off with footage of the contract signing ceremony on last week’s Smackdown that saw Sheamus return to action and he had his sights set on Randy Orton and Christian.
Josh is in the ring with seven of the eight men in the Money in the Bank match for the Smackdown brand. Already in the ring are Justin Gabriel, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, Heath Slater, and Wade Barrett. Sheamus is the only one who missed the note to be in the ring. Josh reminds us that everyone who has won the Money in the Bank match has successfully cashed it in. Josh reminds us that it can be cashed in at any time over the next year.
Josh asks Daniel Bryan about being in his first Money in the Bank Match. He says that he is both excited and nervous. He has always dreamed of being the World Champion since he was a kid. He says this opportunity is worth every risk that he is going to take.
Cody Rhodes takes the mic and he says that Daniel Bryan is a common man unable of exceptional things that exceptional people do. Cody says that he is one of those exceptional people. He has overcome grave personal tragedy. He will grab the ladder and take the briefcase so he will no longer be the WWE’s blind spot. He will be the World Champion. He says that people will have to swallow their pride and look at him in the eye.
Josh asks Wade for his thoughts. Wade says that he is sick and tired of having to listen to what everybody else is going to do. The achievements of these men in the last twelve months pales in comparison to him. He won NXT Season One. He then spearheaded a group of revolutionary soldiers . . .
Barrett has to stop talking because he sees Sheamus coming to the ring very fast with a chair in his hands. Sheamus hits Bryan, Slater, and Gabriel with glancing blows as well as Barrett with the chair. Sin Cara leaps over Sheamus to get out of the way. Sheamus is left in the ring with Barrett and he hits Wade a few times in the back with the chair.
Sheamus takes the mic as the other seven men head to the back. He says that he is going to tell us what is really going to happen at Money in the Bank. Sheamus says that he is going to win. When Orton beats the scrawny, malnourished, googly eyed, homely weasel Christian for the fiftieth time, on that same night, he is going to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and he will walk out the new World Heavyweight Champion.
As far as tonight, he is coming for Orton fella. He says that he is going to hit Orton so hard that he knocks the voices out of Orton’s head. Sheamus shows us the footage of the kick to his head by Orton last month and we get a number of angles.
Sheamus says that the biggest regret of Randy Orton’s career so far is that Orton didn’t kick him hard enough because he is back.
Christian makes his way to the stage and he has something to say as he goes to the ring. Christian says that Sheamus and the rest of the clueless morons don’t think that he can beat Randy Orton. Christian wants Sheamus to remind him what he called him earlier.
Sheamus wants to know what Christian is going to do about it. Christian says that there isn’t that much he can do, but he reminds Sheamus that he is the same scrawny, malnourished, googly eyed, homely weasel who beat Sheamus a few weeks ago before Orton kicked him in the head. He says that he is also going to be the World Champion after Money in the Bank.
Christian says that because of what Sheamus did last week and another stipulation was added. If Orton is disqualified or a case of bad officiating, then Christian becomes the World Champion. Christian says that Sheamus would probably have had that change made to his contract because he is so smart. Christian points out that Sheamus is only good at fighting.
Christian calls Sheamus ‘Ronald McDonald’ and he asks Sheamus if he knows how to read a contract. Sheamus throws the chair at Christian and that causes Teddy Long to come out.
Teddy tells Sheamus that he is not the Number One Contender, but Christian is. Teddy says that if Sheamus wants to face Randy Orton tonight, he is sure that Randy would oblige. Teddy says that Sheamus will face Randy Orton tonight, but it is not for the title.
Christian is even happy with the decision.
We go to commercial.
We are back with highlights from the first Money in the Bank Ladder match from Wrestlemania 21 that was won by Edge, who was the first to successfully cash in the briefcase.
Match Number One: Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes with the Bag Men versus Daniel Bryan and Ezekiel Jackson
Bryan and DiBiase start things off and they lock up with Bryan applying a hammer lock. Ted with an elbow to escapes the hold. Ted with a kick to the throat but Bryan with a round kick to the chest for a near fall. Jackson pie faces Ted and he is tagged in and he sends Ted to the mat and to the turnbuckles. Jackson with a forearm to the back followed by a biel. Ted with a kick but Jackson sends Ted over the top rope to the floor. Jackson knocks Cody off the apron and then he tags in Bryan who hits a suicide dive onto Ted and Cody as we go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan with rapid fire kicks to the chest. Bryan with an Irish whip but Cody catches Bryan and hits an Alabama Slam for a near fall. Ted is tagged in and he kicks Bryan while Cody holds him. Ted with kicks to Bryan in the corner. Bryan with an English uppercut but DiBiase responds with a drop kick and he gets a near fall.
Ted with a reverse chin lock on Bryan and a double thrust to the throat. Cody tags in and he punches Bryan followed by a rolling knee drop. Cody with kicks and punches to Bryan. Ted tags back in and he kicks and chokes Bryan. Jackson gets involved but that only moves the referee out of position and it allows Cody and Ted to double team Bryan. Ted gets a near fall.
Ted with a reverse chin lock on Bryan and he follows that with knees to Bryan in the corner. Ted with an Irish whip but he runs into an elbow. Bryan with a flying Yakuza kick and both men are down.
Jackson tags in and he connects with a clothesline and body block. Jackson with an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner followed by a slam. Jackson slams Cody and Bryan with a European uppercut. The referee sends Bryan to the apron and while all of that is going on, Jackson gets DiBiase up for the Torture Rack, but Cody hits the springboard round kick and then he knocks Bryan off the apron while Ted hits Dream Street for the three count.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
The announcers talk about what Mark Henry has done over the last few weeks. We see footage of Mark Henry showing that he is also a music critic in addition to the man who is going to take care of Big Show and Kane.
Mark Henry is in the interview area with Matt Striker and Matt asks Mark to explain his conduct last week. Matt says that Mark is facing fines, suspensions, lawsuits, and potential criminal investigations. In addition, he will be facing Kane tonight and Big Show at Money in the Bank. Mark looks at Matt and Matt leaves. Henry growls as we go to commercial.
Before our next match, Khali joins the announce team to help Booker with his commentary.
Match Number Two: Jinder Mahal with Great Khali versus Trent Barreta
They lock up and Mahal with a knee and punches to Barreta. Barreta with a discus forearm for a near fall followed by a European uppercut. Mahal tosses Barreta over his head and Trent hits the turnbuckles. Mahal with a clothesline followed by a leaping knee and then he signals for the full nelson slam and he gets the three count.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
After the match, Khali picks up Trent so Mahal could hit a second full nelson slam.
Sheamus is in the locker room and Todd Grisham asks Sheamus about his recent rampage and Sheamus tells Todd that it is an Irish thing and he wouldn’t understand. Sheamus leaves the locker room and we go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Tamina with Alicia Fox versus AJ Lee with Natalya
They lock up and AJ tries for an arm drag but Tamina stays on her feet. Tamina picks up AJ and puts her in the corner. Tamina runs into boots from AJ in the corner and AJ with forearms. Tamina with a chop to AJ. Tamina with a hard Irish whip and a running butt splash into the corner. Tamina sends AJ to the mat and gets a near fall. Tamina with a chin lock with her knee in AJ’s back as she stretches AJ. Tamina with a boot to the midsection but she misses a splash.
AJ with a forearm and back kick followed by a Shining Wizard for a near fall. AJ with a splash into the corner but Tamina with an Irish whip but she misses the splash into the corner and AJ with the rollup for the three count.
Winner: AJ Lee
After the match, Alicia tries to tell Tamina what she did wrong and Tamina looks like she wants to break Alicia in half.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Kane versus Mark Henry
Kane with a kick and punches to Henry followed by a clothesline but Henry stays on his feet. Henry with a body block that sends Kane to the mat. Henry with a kick and then he chokes Kane in the corner. Henry with a punch but Kane with a drop kick to the knees followed by one to the head. Kane with another drop kick and Kane gets a near fall.
Kane goes up top for the clothesline but Henry catches him and hits a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Henry stands on Kane’s chest until the referee threatens to disqualify him. Kane blocks a punch and he responds with vintage uppercuts. Henry misses a splash into the corner and Kane with a splash of his own. Kane with a boot to the head that knocks Henry to the mat and Kane gets a near fall. Kane goes back up top and he hits the clothesline.
Kane signals for the choke slam and he grabs Henry by the throat but Henry gets out of the hold and he head butts Kane and then Henry tries for the World’s Strongest Slam. Kane grabs Henry and hits a choke slam but Henry gets his foot on the rope to stop the count.
Kane with kicks to Henry and Mark goes to the floor. Kane joins Mark on the floor and the announce table is being rearranged. Kane sets for a choke slam through the table but Henry sends Kane into the apron and ring post.
They return to the ring and Henry with a splash for a near fall. Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam for the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
After the match, Mark makes his way over to the announce table and Booker tries to tell Henry that it is Michael Cole who is bad mouthing him.
Randy Orton is in the interview area with Todd Grisham and Todd asks Randy about the stipulation in the contract. Randy says that he cannot take it any more. He is sick and tired of Christian asking for one more match. Regardless of the contract, the result will be the same. An RKO and a 1-2-3. Sheamus is the most fearsome brawler in the WWE. He knows that he will have to face Sheamus for the World Title when he is done with Christian.
He tells Sheamus to be careful what you wish for because some people have rocks in their head, while some people hear voices. Orton tells Todd to tell Sheamus ‘good luck’ if he sees Sheamus.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at last year’s Money in the Bank match from the Raw brand when Miz won the match and then went on to win the WWE Title.
Match Number Five: Tyson Kidd without a Manager versus Sin Cara con el Trampolino Mas Bueno
Kidd with a waist lock but Cara with a standing switch. Kidd with a hammer lock as he takes Cara to the mat. Cara with an elbow and a snap mare. Cara with an arm drag using the roes for extra leverage. Cara with a satellite arm drag that sends Kidd to the floor. Cara goes to the apron and then Kidd pulls Cara off the apron and Cara hits the apron with his head.
Kidd returns to the ring and then he tries for a move to the floor but Cara with a kick to the head followed by a slingshot corkscrew splash for a near fall. Cara tries to go to the turnbuckles again but Kidd kicks Cara in the leg and Cara falls to the mat. Kidd with a drop kick to the head and he gets a near fall.
Kidd with an elbow to the head followed by a kick and a reverse chin lock. Cara gets on Kidd’s shoulders and Kidd is able to send Cara into the mat and then off the ropes with a hot shot. Kidd goes to the apron for a springboard elbow drop but Cara gets his knee up.
Cara with kicks to the arm but Cara with a double leg take down and he punches Kidd until the referee warns him. Cara hits the handspring back elbow followed by a rana. Cara with a kick to Kidd but Kidd with an Irish whip and Cara with an elbow. Cara gets on Kidd’s shoulders and he gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Kidd kicks Cara and goes to the apron.
Kidd goes to the turnbuckles but Car goes up top as well. Kidd pushes Cara off but he lands on his feet. Cara with a drop kick to the legs and it crotches Kidd. They fight on the turnbuckles and Cara with the C4 for the three count.
Winner: Sin Cara
Teddy Long is walking in the back and Matt Striker asks him what he is going to do about Mark Henry. Teddy says that they are continuing their investigation and as soon as they have finished they will make a ruling. Matt says that it sounds like a politically correct answer. Matt asks Teddy if he was intimidated by Mark Henry and Teddy says nothing and leaves.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel versus The Usos
Jey and Gabirel start things off and Jey with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Gabriel with a side head lock. Slager with a tag and he punches Jey while Jey looks at Gabriel on the floor. Slater with a kick to the midsection and then he stands on Jey’s hand. Jey with punches but Slater with a knee and punch.
Gabriel tags in and they send Jey into the turnbuckles. Gabriel gets a near fall and then he applies a cravate. Gabriel with a side head lock but Jey with a punch. Each man tries for a kick and they go down. Slater and Jimmy tag in and Jimmy with punches and a forearm. Jimmy with a savate kick followed by a Bubba Bomb and an alley oop Samoan Drop but he can only get a near fall.
Jimmy misses a splash into the corner and Slater with a neck breaker and both men are down. Gabriel tags in and he goes up top but Jimmy kicks Slater into the ropes and Gabriel is crotched. Jey tags in and he hits a superplex while Jimmy hits the superfly plash for the three count.
Winners: The Usos
After the match, Slater and Gabriel argue about the loss.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Johnny Curtis is in the back again and he says that he has the perfect attitude to be a WWE Superstar. He doesn’t know what is missing, but he says that he will take the cake (as he takes a cake from someone sitting at a table).
In case you missed it on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday night, here is the confrontation between John Cena and Vince McMahon from Raw.
They run through the card for Money in the Bank.
Before our main event starts, Christian makes his way to ringside to join the announce team.
Match Number Seven: Randy Orton versus Sheamus in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Sheamus backs Orton into the corner but he misses a punch. Orton with punches and European uppercuts. Sheamus with a forearm and elbow followed by a European uppercut. Sheamus with an Irish whip but he misses a charges into the corner and Orton with a drop kick. Sheamus goes to the floor when he sees Orton line up for the kick to the head.
Sheamus gets back into the ring and Orton punches him. Orton with a Thesz Press and punches but Sheamus reverses the situation and he punches Orton. They fight to the floor and Sheamus tries to send Orton into the ringside barrier but Orton blocks it and he sends Sheamus into the ringside barrier. Sheamus Irish whips Orton into the ringside barrier.
Orton kicks Sheamus and he sets for the IEDDT but Sheamus back body drops Orton to the apron and then Sheamus sends Orton shoulder first into the ring post.
Christian leaves the announce table to get a closer look at Orton but Sheamus stops Christian.
Sheamus sends Orton into the ring post as we go to commercial.
We are back and Orton punches Sheamus but Sheamus with a single arm DDT for a near fall. Sheamus continues to work on the arm with a series of knee drops. Sheamus with a top wrist lock on Orton but Orton with a head butt. Sheamus with a knee to the midsection and then he tries for another single arm DDT but Orton holds on to the ropes. Orton sends Sheamus to the apron abut Sheamus drops Orton’s arm on the top rope.
Sheamus tries for the slingshot shoulder tackle but Orton swats him away and Sheamus hits the mat. Orton with a clothesline or two. Orton with a power slam when Sheamus misses a clothesline. Orton runs into a boot but Orton with a belly-to-belly suplex. Sheamus kicks Orton in the knee and then Sheamus pulls himself up to the turnbuckles for a flying shoulder tackle and he gets a near fall.
Orton with a kick to Sheamus but Orton with a uranage back breaker for a near fall. Sheamus hits a running double sledge to Orton and then he hits a series of knee drops to the head. Sheamus waits for Orton to get up for a Brogue kick but Orton moves. Sheamus escapes an RKO attempt but Orton with a neck breaker and he does the push ups before the RKO but Christian comes into the ring and he kicks Orton in the head and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Sheamus by disqualification
After the match, Christian punches Orton and the Sheamus pulls Christian off Orton and he gives Christian a Brogue Kick. Orton gives Sheamus an RKO as we go to credits.