With Money in the Bank mere days away, WWE is in dire need of one final event to set the stage for an extraordinary pay-per-view. While there are no guarantees, the way Smackdown is shaping up certainly suggests that it will live up to the hype.
For those who want to be surprised, please don't read any further.
It was an action-packed evening with seven matches and countless high-profile superstars taking center stage. Wrestlers such as Chris Jericho, Christian, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Ryback and Sheamus were all in action, looking to gain momentum heading into Money in the Bank.
Even world champion Alberto Del Rio battled Sin Cara—well, sort of.
At every turn of the event, we had superstars and divas doing battle, displaying the tension that comes with a looming pay-per-view. For that reason, the July 12 edition of Smackdown is shaping up to be an event to remember.
Here's how it all went down.
Spoilers via PWMania.com.
- Daniel Bryan defeats Christian via Yes! Lock.
- Seth Rollins defeats Jey Uso with Roman Reigns and Jimmy Uso at ringside.
- Chris Jericho defeats Curtis Axel via count out. Axel flips out and attacks the announcer's table after the match.
- Ryback defeats The Miz via Meat Hook lariat.
- Divas brawl at a contract signing with Big E Langston and The Great Khali.
- Fandango defeats Wade Barrett via pinfall.
- The Wyatt Family cuts a promo, explaining their attack on Kane from Monday Night Raw.
- Alberto Del Rio versus Sin Cara is a no-contest. It was Dolph Ziggler who dressed as Sin Cara, thus attacking Del Rio.
- Randy Orton versus Sheamus ends in a no-contest due to interference by Daniel Bryan. Christian comes out to set up a four-man brawl, with Orton eventually hitting the RKO and retrieving the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Moment to Look Forward to: Christian vs. Daniel Bryan
This was a difficult card to choose from. From Randy Orton and Sheamus wrestling in the main event to Dolph Ziggler dressing up as Sin Cara, there doesn't appear to be a dull moment.
Plain and simple, this show was as explosive as a show in Hampton, Virginia is expected to be.
Something tells me the opening contest brought just as much power as that photograph.
Daniel Bryan is one of the best technical wrestlers in the world, while Christian is a versatile in-ring performer known for bringing the best out of his opponents. Throw in the fact that they're two of the participants in the Money in the Bank All-Stars match and you have yourself some intrigue.
Even without the supporting storyline, I'd still be dying to see this transpire.
Other matches to look forward to are the no-contest between Del Rio and Sin Cara and the similar result between Orton and Sheamus. Both matches ended in a brawl, with some of WWE's top stars going at it as they look to send a message before Money in the Bank.
A complementary vote certainly goes to Chris Jericho and rising star Curtis Axel, who wrestled in what's said to be an entertaining match. This comes as no surprise, as Jericho has been on a tear since returning to WWE and Axel is the reigning Intercontinental champion.
All of this leads to one simple conclusion from SmackDown's action: Money in the Bank is shaping up to be something special.