We start off with a video package showing Daniel Bryan’s comments about how hard the path to becoming the WWE Champion was and he talks about how he needs neck surgery. We go to the announcement by Stephanie McMahon stripping Daniel of the WWE Championship and the announcement of the ladder match to determine the new WWE Champion.
We are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Michael ‘Parker’ Cole and John ‘Stevens’ Layfield.
Triple H, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton are in the ring. Hunter welcomes everyone to Smackdown. He says in this business, people sometimes refer to things in eras. There is the Golden Era, the Rock and Wrestling Era, the Attitude Era, the Ruthless Aggression Era. He has heard this era referred to the Reality Era, but he feels that it will be called The Authority Era. The Authority is constantly making history.
At Money in the Bank, history will be made. For the first time ever, eight men will participate in a ladder match. Hunter guarantees that we will crown a brand new WWE Champion. That man will be the brand new face of the WWE. At Money in the Bank, you get much more. You also get a traditional Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match in which one man will climb the ladder to retrieve a contract that will allow him to make his own opportunities.
Hunter says that you will be looking at a really solid group. The new WWE Champion and new face of WWE will be none other than Randy Orton. Standing by his side, with a briefcase and contract in hand allowing him a championship match anywhere, any place, any time, will be Seth Rollins.
Whether you like it or not, that is what is best for business.
Randy says that Hunter is right that this is what is best for business. Randy says that he will climb the ladder and not only be the Viper or Apex Predator, he will be the WWE Champion and Face of the WWE.
Seth Rollins says that on Sunday he will climb the ladder and defeat six other Superstars, including Dean Ambrose. He will secure a contract that will guarantee him a WWE Title match, any time and anywhere.
In case things don’t work out, they always have a Plan B.
Orton wants to know what is going to go wrong.
Seth says it is not unthinkable that Orton might not get the job done.
Orton says that without the Shield guys behind, it is not unthinkable that he will kick Seth’s ass.
Hunter says that there might be some trust issues. Hunter asks them why should they trust each other. It is because Hunter trusts them. The reality is that there is one constant in this whole equation. That is The Authority. It is him and Stephanie. That will not change.
They can either survive against the Authority or you can thrive the Authority. While trust might be a bitter taste in your mouth, adapt or perish.
Hunter says that this is the future and the present. This is best for business.
Hunter says that he will move along. Where you see Seth Rollins lately, you see Dean Ambrose. You will see Dean Ambrose shortly. That is the good news. Unfortunately, he’s got some bad news.
Wade Barrett makes his way to the ring for his match.
Before the match starts, we see what Barrett did to Jack Swagger after their match on Main Event.
Match Number One: Wade Barrett versus Dean Ambrose in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Ambrose with punches in the corner and then he adds some kicks before the referee warns him. Barrett with a kick and forearms to the back. Ambrose with a Thesz Press and punches. Ambrose sends Barrett to the floor and then he slams Barrett’s head into the apron and then he sends Barrett into the ringside barrier. Ambrose rolls Barrett back into the ring and Barrett with a boot to the head. Barrett gets a near fall.
Barrett stomps on the midsection and then he hits a neck breaker and gets a near fall. Barrett chokes Ambrose in the ropes and then he connects with a series of knees to the chest. Barrett with a boot that sends Ambrose to the floor.
We go to commercial.
Barrett goes to the floor and he connects with a knee and he Irish whips Ambrose into the ringside barrier. Barrett rolls Ambrose back in and he sends Ambrose into the turnbuckles and then he puts Ambrose on the top turnbuckle. Barrett with forearms to the back and then he connects with a kick to the midsection and he gets a near fall. Barrett with a reverse chin lock.
Ambrose gets back to his feet and he connects with a head butt. Barrett with a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Barrett with a reverse chin lock. Barrett adds more pressure to the neck with the reverse chin lock. Barrett wants the referee to check to see if Ambrose is still conscious.
Ambrose gets back to his feet and Ambrose punches Barrett and he connects with a few running forearms and a kick. Ambrose sends Barrett to the mat and then he connects with a shoulder in the corner. Ambrose runs his forearm across the forehead. Barrett with an Irish whip but Ambrose with an elbow. Ambrose goes to the turnbuckles for a tornado DDT but Barrett pushes Ambrose away.
Ambrose avoids a pump handle slam and Ambrose with a clothesline. Ambrose with the Dean Driver for the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
After the match, Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter come to the ring and Dean Ambrose is ready to take him on, but Jack’s target is not the ‘lunatic fringe’ of the former Shield. Swagger with a clothesline to Barrett and then he sends Barrett into the ringside barrier twice.
Ambrose grabs a ladder and he hits Swagger in the midsection and then the back. Ambrose sends Swagger into the ring and Swagger throws Ambrose over the top rope to the floor. Swagger looks up to the briefcase but Ambrose comes back in and he takes Swagger down with a double leg take down and he punches Swagger.
They fight to the floor and Swagger is sent into Lillian’s Cove. Ambrose sends Swagger into the announce table. Seth Rollins comes from out of nowhere and he attacks Ambrose from behind and he sends Ambrose into the ring steps. Rollins rolls Ambrose into the ring. Rollins asks Dean if he is going to ruin this for him? Rollins says that he has eyes on Ambrose all the time. Rollins with Black Out to Ambrose.
Paige walks in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and Naomi joins John and Michael at the announce table for the next match.
We see footage of some of the confrontations between Cameron and Paige in the past.
Match Number Two: Cameron (with Naomi) versus Paige in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Paige backs Cameron into the corner and Paige slams Cameron’s head into the turnbuckles. Paige kicks Cameron and stomps a mudhole in her. They lock up again and Paige with a forearm to the back. Cameron with an Irish whip but Paige floats over. Cameron with a Codebreaker for a near fall. Cameron with a head scissors but Paige gets out of the hold. Paige hits the Paige Turner for the three count.
After the match, Naomi leaves the announce table and gets in the ring. They stare each other down and Cameron hits Paige from behind. Naomi separates Paige and Cameron. Paige pushes Naomi and Naomi and Paige have to be held back by the referee.
We go to the Wyatt Family.
Luke says their urges have made them pariahs. Shunned and exiled. We have never had nice shiny things. But his hand guides us now and we are walking upright. Usos, we want what you have. Tick . . . tock . . .tick . . . tock.
Bray says that his brothers will trample the Usos and one single solitary ladder will be his stairway. As he climbs to the top, he will cast out his judgments against the most high and he will take their ornament of power. Imagine the power of the world in the palm of his hands? Can you feel it? It is happening. A nation of sheep led by a lone wolf.
Rowan tells everyone to run.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Sheamus versus Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) in a Non Title Match
They lock up and they have a stalemate. Sheamus with a kick and side head lock. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle. Wyatt and Sheamus exchange punches. Sheamus punches Wyatt in the corner. Wyatt with an Irish whip but Sheamus gets his boots up and Sheamus pulls himself up to the turnbuckles for a flying shoulder tackle. Sheamus tries to put Wyatt on the apron for the forearms but Wyatt gets to the floor. Sheamus follows after Wyatt and Sheamus thinks about going through Rowan and Harper.
Harper distracts Sheamus and Wyatt with a leg sweep on the apron and then Wyatt sends Sheamus into the ring post.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus runs into a cross body from Wyatt and he gets a near fall. We see the Usos at ringside to support Sheamus. Wyatt with a knee to the back and then he connects with a shoulder in the corner. Wyatt puts Sheamus on the turnbuckles and he punches Sheamus. Wyatt climbs the turnbuckles and Sheamus with punches to knock Wyatt to the mat. Wyatt with an uppercut that sends Sheamus off the turnbuckles to the floor.
Wyatt goes to the floor and he kicks Sheamus in the head. Sheamus pushes Wyatt away and Wyatt kicks Sheamus. Wyatt with an uppercut and kick followed by a forearm to the back. Wyatt rolls Sheamus back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Wyatt kicks SHeamus and punches him in the corner. Wyatt with head butts to Sheamus.
Sheamus blocks a suplex and he punches Wyatt but Wyatt is able to hit a suplex and he gets a near fall. Wyatt with a reverse chin lock on Sheamus. Sheamus punches Wyatt and Wyatt with a kick and uppercut. Wyatt goes for a splash in the corner but Sheamus comes out with a clothesline and both men are down.
Wyatt and Sheamus exchange punches and Sheamus sends Wyatt to the apron. Wyatt and Sheamus exchange punches with Wyatt on the apron until Sheamus takes control. Sheamus with the forearms across the chest and then he brings Wyatt back into the ring on his shoulders. Wyatt gets to his feet and Sheamus with two running double sledges and a shoulder in the corner. Wyatt avoids the knee lift but Sheamus with a power slam for a near fall.
Sheamus with knees to the back and he tries for the Cloverleaf but Wyatt kicks Sheamus into the corner. Wyatt with a splash into the corner and Sheamus goes down. Wyatt looks at Sheamus and then he hits a back senton and gets a near fall. Wyatt kicks at Sheamus to show no respect to Sheamus. Wyatt tries for the uranage but Sheamus with elbows. Sheamus with a uranage back breaker and then he goes to the turnbuckles for a knee drop to the head. Sheamus applies the Cloverleaf but Harper comes into the ring and he kicks Sheamus. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Sheamus (by disqualification)
After the match, Rowan and the Usos get involved. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to Harper and then the Usos with stereo planchas onto Harper and Rowan. Wyatt hits Sheamus from behind and then Sheamus tries for the Brogue Kick but Wyatt is able to avoid it and he gets out of the ring and to safety.
We go to commercial.
Byron Saxton is in the locker room with Goldust. Byron asks Goldust about the challenge made by Curtis Axel and Ryback for Money in the Bank. Goldust says they have no idea what they are asking for. What about that debut of Stardust.
Stardust says they were called painted hermaphrodites. Stardust asks Byron if he has stared into the solar system’s biggest star. It is the sun and it is blinding and it is terrifying. It is beautiful. What about Sephius? What about Scorpii? What about everyone’s favorite star . . . Stardust?
Goldust says that they accept.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Paul Heyman has joined Michael and John for the next match.
Match Number Four: Dolph Ziggler and Rob Van Dam versus Cesaro (with Paul Heyman) and Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio and Van Dam start things off and they lock up. Del Rio with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Del Rio backs Van Dam into the corner and he connects with a kick and punches. Van Dam with an Irish whip and Van Dam with a monkey flip. Van Dam gets a near fall. Van Dam with a forearm in the corner followed by a spinning heel kick in the corner.
Ziggler tags in and he punches Del Rio. Ziggler with a snap mare and then he hits a leaping elbow drop and he gets a near fall. Del Rio with an elbow and then he sends Ziggler into the air and down to the mat. Cesaro tags in and he kicks Ziggler. Cesaro stands on the head and he pulls Ziggler’s arm before stomping on the head.
Cesaro sends Ziggler into the turnbuckles and Del tags in and he connects with a step up enzuigiri for a near fall. Cesaro tags back in and he kicks Ziggler. Ziggler with a cross body. Ziggler leaps into the corner and he punches Cesaro. Ziggler with a neck breaker. Ziggler misses a Fameasser and Cesaro sends Ziggler into the corner. Ziggler moves and Cesaro hits the post with his shoulder. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall.
Ziggler goes for a sleeper and Del Rio makes the tag. Ziggler with a drop kick to Cesaro but Del Rio with a clip to the back of the leg and then Del Rio with a super kick that forces Ziggler to the floor.
We go to commercial.
Del Rio goes to the floor and he sends Ziggler into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Del Rio gets a near fall. Cesaro tags in and he kicks Ziggler and gets a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock on Ziggler. Cesaro with a side slam and he gets a near fall. Cesaro slaps Ziggler in the head.
Del Rio tags in and he punches Ziggler. Del Rio mocks the Van Dam thumbs and Del Rio with a snap mare and drop kick to the back and Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio with a reverse chin lock.
Ziggler with punches but Ziggler with a sunset flip for a near fall. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio goes up top and he hits a forearm to the back. Cesaro tags in and he kicks Ziggler in the head. Cesaro with a punch and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock.
Ziggler with a punch and Ziggler with a sleeper but Cesaro backs Ziggler into the corner. Ziggler with an elbow to Del Rio on the apron and then he punches Cesaro. Ziggler with a kick and then he back body drops Cesaro over the top rope to the floor. Del Rio rolls Cesaro into the ring to make the tag.
Van Dam tags in and he connects with clotheslines followed by a back heel kick. Van Dam with a step over heel kick to Cesaro followed by Rolling Thunder to Van Dam. Del Rio with an arm breaker but he misses the step up enzuigiri. Van Dam with a split legged moonsault for a near fall. Ziggler tries for the hesitation DDT but Cesaro counters with a pop up European uppercut.
Van Dam with a kick to Cesaro that forces Cesaro to the floor. Van Dam goes up top for the Five Star Frog Splash but Del Rio gets his knees up and then he applies the cross arm breaker and Van Dam taps out.
Winners: Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Heyman joins Cesaro in the ring and then Del Rio says something to Cesaro and Heyman. Cesaro kicks Del Rio and hits the Gotch Style Neutralizer.
Renee Young is in the interview area with the Usos. She asks them about defending the titles on Sunday. Jimmy says that they are cockroaches or flies that you cannot get rid of at a barbecue. Jey says the Early Bird gets the worm. Jey says that they are bringing the whole arsenal on the 29th. Jimmy says that they will still be the tag team champions after Money in the Bank.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Lana is in the ring with Rusev.
Lana says that here is a perfect example of your pathetic and crumbling society. We see a run down warehouse and Lana says that at one time people from your part of the country took much pride in working here. Now it is just decaying away. This is what she calls a metaphor for the Soul of the U . . . S . . . A. You are lazy, greedy, fat, and impotent. It causes the decay of your way of life. In Mother Russia, we are inspired to be disciplined by the greatest leader, Vladimir Putin. Your American Dream is becoming the Russian Reality.
Rusev takes the mic and says America . . . Rusev Crush.
Match Number Five: Rusev (with Lana) versus Sin Cara
Cara with kicks to Rusev but Rusev with a knee to the midsection and then he throws Cara over the top rope but Cara lands on the apron. Cara with an enzuigiri and then he goes up top but Rusev moves and Cara rolls through. Rusev with a jumping thrust kick followed by a foot to the middle of the spine. Rusev applies the Accolade and Cara taps out.
After the match, the Russia flag falls behind Rusev.
Big E comes out and he says for too long, you have made a name for yourself by attacking your country. A country that has been reborn. A country that has been reshaped. A country that has been transformed. A country full of men and women who break their backs to feed their children. A country full of men and women who work in the steel mills and the plants. A country full of men and women who attack their problems head on. A real man does not attack his opponents from the back. He looks him dead in the eye.
Big E and Rusev stand face to face in the ring while Lana tries to tell Rusev that this is not the time. Rusev leaves the ring, but Big E turns his back and it is a trap. Big E sees Rusev trying to blindside him and he forces Rusev to leave the ring.
We take a look at what happened to Vickie Guerrero on Raw.
We go to commercial.
We are back and two matches have been added to Money in the Bank:
Big E will face Rusev; and Layla El will face Summer Rae with Fandango as the guest referee.
Match Number Six: Kane versus Roman Reigns
Kane with a kick and shoulder tackle for a near fall. Kane with a knee and uppercut. Reigns with a shoulder tackle and he gets a near fall. Reigns punches Kane and connects with a head butt. Reigns with punches but Kane with a punch of his own. Reigns with a kick and slam. Reigns gets a near fall. Kane with a DDT and he gets a near fall.
Kane with a kick to the back and we go to commercial.
We are back and Kane with a reverse chin lock. Reigns with punches and a head butt. Reigns with a Samoan drop and both men are down. Kane with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Kane with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Kane with a side slam for a near fall.
Kane with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Kane sends Reigns to the floor and then he follows. Kane removes the protective cover from the announce table and the monitors. Kane sets for a choke slam and he grabs Reigns but Reigns with elbows and Reigns sends Kane into the ring steps. Kane with an elbow. Kane sends Reigns into the ring and Reigns with a flying clothesline.
Kane with an Irish whip but he misses a splash. Reigns with a clothesline into the corner followed by a punch and head butt. Kane hangs over the middle rope and Reigns with the broad jump drop kick. Reigns signals for the Superman Punch and he connects. Reigns sets up for the spear but Randy Orton makes his way to the ring and he drops Reigns on the top rope and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Roman Reigns (by disqualification)
After the match, Orton kicks Reigns in the corner. Reigns with a Superman punch to Orton. Kane choke slams Reigns. Kane looks around and he goes to the floor and he grabs a ladder and brings it into the ring. Kane picks up the ladder and he looks at the title belts. Kane sets up the ladder.
Kane looks at Orton and Orton starts to climb the ladder at a pace that only Randy Orton can sustain.
Kane holds the ladder for Orton so he can get to the top and grab the title belts and hook holding the belts. Orton climbs down the ladder and takes the belts off the title belt hanger. Kane sends the ladder to the floor and Orton holds the title belts over his head.
While Orton walks around the ring, he remembers that Roman Reigns is in the ring. Kane sets for a choke slam but Orton holds Kane back and we now know what the pecking order is. Orton puts the title belts on the ground and he sets for the kickoff but Reigns with a spear. Reigns with a spear for Kane.
Reigns stands tall in the center of the ring and he holds the title belts over his head.
We go to credits.
Credit: Richard Trionfo of PWInsider.com