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With two Money In The Bank matches, this should be a pretty entertaining PPV, but if they do this every year, I think it will get old. Interestingly enough, I think most people are wondering how the Nexus is involved in the show, even though they’re not in a match.
1. Smackdown Money In The Bank: Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kane vs. The Big Show
Many of these guys were in the MITB match at WrestleMania so they should be pretty comfortable with the pacing and how to time it all out.
They went with comedy to start that match as Big Show tried stepping on a rung of the ladder and it broke. Then he slapped another and it broke. Best spot early was Kofi Kingston going off near the top of the ladder onto McIntyre who was on the announcer’s table.
The Big Show brought out his reinforced ladder and they worked around it. Kofi jumped onto Show and hit a swinging DDT on him, albeit in slow motion. Dashing Cody Rhodes went up to the top rope and drop kicked Kofi off the ladder in another really good spot. Matt Hardy and Christian are the best ladder match workers in the group and they haven’t really been involved all that much.
The chemistry has been off. Dolph and Cody have both looked stupid in spots. Cody sold a punch from Kane about 2 full seconds before it came.
To get Show out of the match, Kane dumped him over the top and everyone threw ladders on him and he couldn’t get up.
Poor Drew McIntyre. He was about to get the briefcase and Kane caught him and threw him off the ladder and Kane is your winner. Kane?
This was a pretty sloppy match, but because of the gimmick, it was still pretty good. But it’s probably the worst MITB match of the lot, which isn’t anything to be ashamed of.
2. Eve Torres vs. Alicia Fox
Well, this wasn’t very good. Both girls are athletic so you’d imagine that in a couple months, they can have a decent match. Alicia’s offense wasn’t all that smooth and their timing wasn’t great. Torres fed early to nearly everything. Fox hit a Tilt-A-Whirl back breaker which was cool. Torres came off the top rope with a flip onto Fox, but Fox put her knees up. She’d already worked on Eve’s back. Fox then hit the Booker T axe kick for the win.
Winner: Alicia Fox
3. The Usos vs. The Hart Dynasty
I can’t say I’m super interested in this show. The build up has been awful, and of late, the NXT angle has dominated the hype. I just hope there’s some good matches tonight. Sometimes, the worst built shows have some of the best matches. That’s my hope.
Vince McMahon comes out to start the show and says that Bret Hart won’t be on the PPV tonight because of what happened to him on Monday at the end of Raw.
Drew McIntyre came out and shook hands with Vince. Vince left in a limo. I wonder if the NXT guys go after Vince’s limo next.
1. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston
The build of Drew is so weird. I haven’t ever understood it and after this match, I still don’t. He brought Teddy Long down to ringside so that when he beat Kofi, Teddy would have to be the one to give him the title.
It was a longer match than I expected. McIntyre worked on Kofi’s arm for the first half of the match. Kofi made a good comeback and the match picked up, but then there was a ref bump. McIntyre hit him with his finisher but the ref was no where to be found. McIntyre brought Teddy into the ring, and stripped the ref shirt from the downed ref and put it on Teddy. He went to count the three, but stopped at two. Then Matt Hardy came out and hit Drew with his finisher and then Teddy counted three. And this is a way to get McIntyre over? Or are they still punishing him?
Winner: Kofi Kingston
2. Maryse vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox vs. Eve Torres
Alicia stole Eve’s pin on Maryse to win the Divas title. Eve hit a pretty sweet moonsault on Maryse right before then. The match was actually half-decent and had a good pace.
Winner: Alicia Fox
Chris Jericho came out to cut a long promo about how he’s not the hot thing in the company anymore, but now he’s on top and people want to make a name for themselves by beating him. Then he challenged Evan Bourne in what I think is an impromptu match. I don’t remember seeing this one made on Raw.
3. Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne
WWE has listed on the official Wrestlemania program a 10 Divas Tag Match: Eve Torres, Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim & Mickie James vs. Alicia Fox, Vickie Guerrero, Maryse, Layla & Michelle McCool.
We expect this match to be added officially on Friday’s Smackdown.