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By Richard Trionfo on 2013-07-14 22:45:32
Welcome to’s coverage of the 2013 Money in the Bank pay per view from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In addition to the live coverage, make sure to check out Dave Scherer’s blog during the pay per view for his thoughts on the show.

Josh Mathews is your host for the Kickoff Show and he is joined by Big Show, Kofi Kingston, and Vickie Guerrero.

Vickie takes credit for what is happening tonight and Big Show thanks her. Kofi says that all you want to be is a champion and if you grab the briefcase, you are almost guaranteed the title.

We go to ringside for our Kickoff Match and your announcers are John Layfield, Michael Cole, and Jerry Lawler.

We see how Jimmy and Jey earned their title match tonight from Raw.

Match Number One: Tag Team Championship Match Jimmy and Jey Uso versus Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns

Rollins and Jey start things off and Jey with a rollup for a near fall. Jey with a La Magistral for a near fall. Jey with a backslide for another near fall and Rollins retreats into the corner to stop the Usos’ momentum. Reigns tags in and they lock up.

Reigns backs Jey into the corner and he punches Jey on the break. Reigns with forearms across the chest but Jey with punches. Jey with head butts and he tries for a suplex but Roman blocks it. Jey with a kick and he tags in Jimmy.

They hit a double suplex on Reigns and then they hit a double elbow drop and Jimmy gets a near fall. Jimmy with a punch into the corner and then he snap mares Reigns and gets a near fall. Jey tags back in and they hit a double flapjack and get a near fall.

Jey with a punch but Rollins pulls Roman out of the ring when Jey tries for a super kick and we go to commercial.

We are back and Jey tags in and he punches Rollins in the midsection. Jey gets a near fall. Jey misses a clothesline and Rollins with a drop kick and he tags in Reigns. Reigns slams Jey’s head into the mat. Jey with a forearm and Irish whip but he runs into Reigns with an elbow. Jey knocks Rollins off the apron but Reigns clotheslines Jey to the floor.

Rollins tags in and he sends Jey back in. Rollins gets a near fall. Rollins kicks Jey and chokes him in the ropes. Rollins with a knee drop to the head and he gets a near fall. Rollins gets Jimmy on his shoulders and he tags in Reigns and Roman with a punch to Jey. Reigns with more punches and kicks.

Jey with head butts but Reigns with a punch and Rollins tags in and they make a wish with Jey. Rollins gets a near fall. Rollins with a rear chin lock. Rollins with a clothesline that sends Jey to the mat. Reigns tags back in and he connects with a forearm to the head. Jey with an uppercut but Roman with a forearm to regain control.

Reigns with an Irish whip but he misses a splash in the corner. Rollins tags in and Jey with punches. Reigns makes the blind tag and Jey sends Rollins over the top rope. Rollins pulls Jimmy off the apron when Jey tries for the tag. Rollins with a flying clothesline to Jey on the floor while Reigns distracts the referee.

Reigns sends Jey back into the ring and he gets a near fall.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Jimmy makes the tag and he hits a plancha onto Reigns and Rollins. Jimmy sends Rollins into the ringside barrier and then he sends Rollins back into the ring. Jimmy with a cross body but he can only get a two count. Jimmy with a Bubba Bomb and he hits a running butt splash into the corner. Jimmy knocks Reigns off the apron and then he hits an alley oop Samoan drop on Rollins for a near fall.

Jimmy goes up top but he takes too long and Rollins recovers and he hits the ropes and that crotches Jimmy. Rollins punches Jimmy on the turnbuckles and he sets for a superplex but Jey comes in the ring and he gets behind Rollins on the ropes. Reigns comes out and we get a Tower of Doom spot.

Rollins covers Jimmy but he can only get a two count. Jey pulls Reigns off the apron when Rollins tries for the tag. Rollins goes for a suicide dive on Jey but Jey with an uppercut and Jimmy with a kick. Jimmy with a superfly splash but Reigns breaks up the cover.

Jey sends Reigns to the floor but Reigns with a Superman punch to Jey on the apron. Jimmy gets Rollins on his shoulders for a super Samoan drop but Rollins escapes and he tries for a sunset flip power bomb. Reigns with a punch and then Rollins with a Buckle Bomb and Reigns with a spear for the three count.

Winners: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins

After the match, Reigns and Rollins celebrate on the announce table. Dean Ambrose joins them to celebrate.

We go to Josh, Kofi, Show, and Vickie for thoughts on the match. Kofi and Show talk about the effort from the Usos.

They talk about the WWE Title Match and Josh asks Big Show if he is going to be WWE Champion tonight and Show feels that Mark will win the title. He says that Mark has momentum and it will be John Cena’s toughest challenge. Kofi says that he cannot bet against John Cena because when his back is against the wall, he comes through. Vickie says that she has issues with John Cena so she is going to pick Mark Henry.

Big Show says that Philadelphia could be a tough town for John Cena, but not for Rob Van Dam. We have a Rob Van Dam video package.

They talk about the All Stars Ladder Match and how it is still hard to figure out who will win, even with six men due to Kane’s injuries at the hands of The Wyatt Family. Kofi picks Daniel Bryan to win because of the momentum he has. Show picks Rob Van Dam.

Dean Ambrose is in the ring since the World Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match will start things off.

Fandango and Summer Rae make their way to the ring.

Welcome to the Money in the Bank Pay Per View from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Your announcers are Michael Cole, John Layfield, and Jerry Lawler.

Zeb Colter has something to say. He says that it is fitting to be in the Nation’s birthplace walking down the same streets as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and others. They would be sick of what they saw. People are sneaking across the border and now they are running the cities. Betsy Ross would have to sew a taco or burrito on the flag.

Tonight is a night of redemption because two Real Americans will climb the ladder and claim the briefcase. The contract is a key to taking their country back.

Damien Sandow says that he does not see the people as criminals, just slack jawed mouth breathers. Cody says that we will see the crowning of a future champion and Damien says that this city will not be famous for that fictional ignoramus Rocky. It will be synonymous with Damien Sandow and . . .

He is interrupted by Wade Barrett’s music.

Match Number One: World Title Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Damien Sandow versus Cody Rhodes versus Antonio Cesaro versus Jack Swagger versus Dean Ambrose versus Fandango versus Wade Barrett

The bell rings and Fandango dances and Barrett goes after him but Barrett misses Fandango. Swagger and Ambrose exchange forearms and knees. Cesaro and Swagger are in the ring and they go for a ladder on the floor while Sandow and Rhodes hit Ambrose. Swagger and Cesaro take care of Fandango and Barrett.

Swagger and Cesaro throw their ladder at Rhodes and Sandow. Cesaro with a dead lift side salto to Rhodes on a ladder in the corner. Swagger biels Sandow into the ladder. Swagger and Cesaro pick up ladders and they miss Rhodes. Cody with Beautiful Disaster to Cesaro but Swagger hits Rhodes with the ladder.

Swagger is the first to climb the ladder but Ambrose stops him. Ambrose tries to hit Swagger with the ladder but Swagger moves. Swagger hits the ladder and Ambrose with a forearm and he sends Swagger to the floor.

Barrett stops Ambrose and he puts Ambrose between the ladder’s sides and Barrett with knees and a boot to the head. Barrett kicks Ambrose out of the ring. Barrett knocks Cesaro off the apron with the ladder and then he does the same to Swagger. Fandango with a round kick and then he hits a slingshot leg drop onto the ladder and both men are showing the effects of the move.

Fandango tries to climb the ladder but he is having trouble. Sandow grabs Fandango and Ambrose hits Rhodes on the turnbuckles and knocks him to the floor. Fandango gets away from Sandow but Sandow sends Fandango into the ladder. Sandow with a suplex of Fandango onto the ladder against the turnbuckles.

Barrett breaks a rung off a ladder on the floor and he hits Sandow in the back with it. Barrett is the only one in the ring and he lines up the ladder but Ambrose climbs after Barrett and they fight on the ladder. Swagger pulls Sandow off and Cesaro with a European uppercut. Ambrose fights Swagger off but Swagger tries for a spinebuster but Ambrose counters with a DDT.

Cesaro climbs the ladder and Ambrose follows. They fight on top and Cesaro with a choke on the top of the ladder and he pushes Cesaro to the mat. Rhodes climbs the ladder and he stops Cesaro but Cesaro kicks him off. Cody with punches to the midsection and head. Cody with a muscle buster onto the ladder.

Barrett with a back heel kick to Rhodes and then Barrett with a single arm DDT. Barrett slams Cody onto a ladder while Sandow is catapulted onto the ladder hanging from the ring by Swagger.

Barrett climbs the ladder and Swagger stops him. Swagger punches Barrett off the ladder but Barrett sets for the Bull Hammer and he knocks Swagger off the ladder. Barrett grabs the case but Fandango punches him and they exchange punches. Fandango with a sunset flip power bomb to Barrett and both men are down.

Summer yells at Fandango to climb the ladder. Fandango struggles to climb the ladder and Ambrose stops him and he punches Fandango and then he hits the Dean Driver with Fandango hanging from the ladder. Ambrose climbs the ladder and Cesaro closes up the ladder and Cesaro tries to slam Ambrose with the ladder. Swagger pulls him off and then Ambrose goes Terry Funk with the ladder and he swings it around. Cesaro and Swagger pick up Ambrose but Ambrose skins the cat onto the ladder.

Swagger and Cesaro send Ambrose to the floor. They hit Barrett with the ladder and then they throw the ladder onto Barrett. Cesaro gets on Swagger’s shoulders but Rhodes with a springboard drop kick that takes care of both of them. Cody sends Swagger over the top rope to the floor. Rhodes with Cross Rhodes to Fandango and then he avoids Wasteland and he gives Cross Rhodes to Barrett.

Cody goes up the ramp and he grabs the big ladder and he brings it back into the ring. Cody pushes the ladder into the center of the ring. Rhodes climbs the ladder but Ambrose recovers and he climbs the other side of the ladder. They exchange punches on top of the ladder. Ambrose with head butts and forearms to the head. Cody grabs Ambrose by his flak jacket. Rhodes pushes Ambrose off the ladder.

Rollins and Reigns attack Rhodes but Cody kicks them off. Rhodes is pulled to the mat and Rollins and Reigns work over Cody. Rollins with a drop kick to Barrett off the apron and then Reigns with a spear to Fandango.

The Usos come to the ring and they go after Reigns and Rollins. Cesaro and Swagger go after The Usos, Reigns and Rollins. Ambrose climbs the ladder and Rhodes pushes Ambrose off the ladder and Ambrose falls onto everyone on the floor.

Cody climbs the ladder but Damien Sandow pushes Cody off the ladder. Sandow grabs the case and he takes it off the hook to win the match.

Winner: Damien Sandow

After the match, Sandow celebrates with the briefcase while Cody looks at him and wonders what happens. Meanwhile, Michael Cole acts like Damien has stabbed his best friend in the back while John Layfield mentions that he would have done the same thing to Ron Simmons.

Justin Roberts is in the ring and he says that Brad Maddox wants a warm Philadelphia welcome. He makes his way to the ring. Brad thanks Jeff and he wants to say that he is honored to be the new General Manager of Raw. Brad thanks Vince for his keen insight, knowledge, and belief in him to get the job done. He does not pretend to think that he can fill the shoes of the legendary Vickie Guerrero because he does not look good in high heels.

Brad says that he made the decision to put Vickie on the Money in the Bank Kickoff Show Panel. Brad wants a spotlight on Vickie. Brad thanks Vickie for accepting the secondary position, days after being released. Brad says that everyone wants to thank her for her contributions to Raw.

Brad wants everyone to chant ‘Thank you Vickie’. Brad says that the fans in Philadelphia are rude and crude at times. Vince said it best when he said that Vickie is ‘entertaining’. Brad has a tribute video for Vickie Guerrero.

Match Number Two: Intercontinental Championship Match: Curtis Axel versus Miz

They lock up and Miz with a side head lock and shoulder tackle for a near fall. Axel provides some advice for Axel and Axel with a knee and forearm to the back followed by a punch. Axel with a chop in the corner and he sends Miz into the turnbuckles. Axel yells at Miz but Miz with a flap jack and he kicks Axel in the leg and he does a flip.

Axel rolls to the floor and Miz with a baseball slide and then he hits a running double sledge off the apron. Miz rolls Axel back into the ring and Heyman tries to sneak up on Miz but Miz sees him. The referee is out of position and Miz acts like Heyman hit him and the referee sends Heyman to the back.

Miz has a smirk on his face while Heyman goes to the back. Miz slides in under Axel and gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Axel gets to the ropes when Miz tries for the Skull Crushing Finale. Axel with a Saito suplex for a near fall. Axel sends Miz into the turnbuckles and he kicks Miz.

Axel chokes Miz with his boot and he hits a drop kick. Axel with knees to the back followed by a neck snap and a drop kick for a near fall. Axel with a quarter nelson and chin lock. Miz blocks the Saito suplex attempt but Axel with forearms. Miz lands on his feet and he avoids a splash by Axel.

Miz punches and kicks Axel. Miz with a running forearm and kick followed by a knee lift and boot to the chest. Miz with the Awesome Clothesline and then he goes up top for the double sledge and he gets a near fall. Miz sets for the Skull Crushing Finale but Axel with a snap mare.

Miz avoids the Perfectplex and Axel avoids the figure four leg lock. Axel sends Miz into the turnbuckles and then Axel with a Perfectplex that was only okay because Miz kicks out at two. Miz blocks a kick and he works on the knee and he puts Axel in the figure four leg lock.

Axel tries to roll over to reverse the hold. Axel is able to reverse the figure four leg lock but Miz rolls it back over. Axel gets to the ropes and the hold is broken. Axel rolls to the floor. Miz follows after Axel and Miz grabs the leg but Axel with a kick to the head and then he kicks the ropes and it bounces into Miz’ head. Axel with a neck breaker driver for the three count.

Winner: Curtis Axel

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