Randy Orton Wins WWE Championship Money in the Bank

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIJuly 14, 2013

In one of the most brutal matches we'll see all year, Randy Orton won the WWE championship Money in the Bank match. Wrestling against a cast of WWE all-stars, Orton proved to be the master of the ladder match.

Just don't think it came without a few bumps and bruises.

This is why they tell you not to try this at home.

In a match highlighted by Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Sheamus, Christian and the returning Rob Van Dam, Orton emerged from the carnage to win his first career Money in the Bank match. Forced to overcome what appeared to be a gruesome leg injury, Orton proved that The Viper is no longer an afterthought.

He's now the only thing on WWE champion John Cena's mind.

The match was not without controversy, as Bryan was seconds away from winning the Money in the Bank briefcase. Just as he had the briefcase in his hands, however, Curtis Axel emerged from the back and destroyed him with a steel chair.

Just as Axel walked away, CM Punk greeted him with a Go to Sleep.

Paul Heyman emerged from the back, screaming at Axel for "messing with Punk," thus proceeding to cheer The Messiah on. With Punk climbing the ladder, however, Heyman shocked the entire WWE community.

Heyman brutalized Punk with a steel ladder, busting him open and thus screwing him out of the Money in the Bank briefcase.

The friendship has been destroyed.

Van Dam, who put his full arsenal of moves on display—that includes a Five-Star Frog Splash from the top of a ladder—was close to winning big. In one swift motion, however, Orton pulled Van Dam's legs out from under him and hit an RKO off of the ladder.

Surveying the carnage, grinning like the sadistic superstar he is, Orton climbed the ladder and reached up for the prize of the evening—the Money in the Bank briefcase for the WWE Championship.