World Championship Money in the Bank contract ladder match
Definitely the right choice for the hot opener, as you knew there were going to be some big spots in this one. The most memorable to me were watching Tensai powerbomb Sin Cara onto a ladder propped between the ring apron and the announce table, then tossing Dolph Ziggler over the announce table and onto one of the chairs, looking like he nearly broke his neck. Tensai and Sin Cara, two people who have struggled to get over, did some good work in this match, although Sin Cara definitely had a few botches that will get him grief from the web fans. Christian also speared Rhodes off one ladder from another in a fun spot.
An interesting spot occurred when Cody Rhodes -- other than my dark horse Sandow, the guy I was rooting for -- had a clear shot to the briefcase and Vickie Guerrero started climbing the ladder, allowing Ziggler to recover and Zig Zag Rhodes off the ladder. You don't see a lot of heel on heel interaction. I'm not sure the crowd exactly knew how to react to that one, but Ziggler certainly has a lot of fans.
At least that's what it seemed like when Ziggler finally grabbed the briefcase. I would be more excited about this if he hadn't spent the last month taking beatings from the World Champion Sheamus. It's unfortunate Randy Orton was suspended, because he really could've used a program with him to look like he belonged in the upper echeleon before winning the briefcase. Instead, he jobbed to Sheamus for four straight weeks and looks like the only way he can win is cheaply. And that bothers me.
Don't get me wrong, I like Ziggler and have for a while, but everyone seems to be heaping an abundance of praise on him right now, deserved or otherwise. He's very good. He's not Shawn Michaels as some would like us to believe. He's also not going to be a good babyface (at least not one booked successfully -- there are too many guys ahead of him in the pecking order) which seems to be what a lot of people want to do with him. But he makes a terrific bumping heel and he's going to be a world champion before the year is out.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler
In between matches, Miz came out sporting a new look (longer, darker hair and traces of a beard) and announced he's been gone becoming a movie star, but now he's back and going to be in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match later in the show. Works for me. Short, simple to the point promo for the Awesome One.