On This Day, July 14, 2013, Randy Orton added to his WWE Hall of Fame resume by winning the Money in the Bank contract. WWE presented the pay-per-view from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 18,147 were in attendance, with 199,000 homes watching on TV. The highly-anticipated ladder match rarely disappoints, and this time was no different. This battle for the briefcase has gone down in history as one of the best of all time.
In this match, Randy Orton defeated CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Christian, and Rob Van Dam. Van Dam was the first to start the match. The Philadelphia crowd was definitely behind the ECW legend. The Philly fans, sensing a classic before the bell rang, began to shake the arena as the ring filled with superstars. RVD was the first superstar to feel the brunt of the Money in the Bank match as all five of his opponents immediately tore him apart and tossed him out of the ring.
The action from there spilled out to the floor. The only two left in the ring were CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. The fans couldn’t help but cheer. They knew they were watching two Indie icons that had made it to the top. Durability and size became a factor as the match went on. Sheamus looked to have the most of it. Everyone went high risk in pursuit of the briefcase, but he used heavy boots to clear a path to the contract.
Everyone had their moment at some point. The high-spot being a 5-star Frog Splash from the top of a ladder from RVD. Daniel Bryan emerged as the favorite to win as he started to gain momentum. He delivered kick after kick and knocked every opponent from the match. Then Curtis Axel arrived. He ran to the ring and started hitting Bryan with a steel chair. Punk then knocked out Axel.
It was chaos, but the Chicago Superstar forged ahead, willing his broken body to move up the ladder towards destiny. Punk was inches away from winning before he was assaulted by none other than Paul Heyman. The shocking events silenced the crowd. RVD was still focused on the prize. Right when victory was within reach, Randy Orton hit his patented RKO to take Van Dam out of the match. The Viper had struck when least expected and found himself in an empty ring with the briefcase only feet above him. Methodically climbing, Orton slowly unhinged the case and won an absolutely grueling match.
Match Result: Randy Orton defeated Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and Christian in 26:38.
Jerry’s Star Rating: 4 Star Match
The match itself is one of the best of 2013. I believe it deserves a solid 4 out of 5 on the rating scale. The match could hold its own against any ladder match in recent history. It certainly is one of Orton’s signature victories.
Of course, it was On This Day, July 14, 2013, that “The Viper” became “Mr. Money in the Bank.”
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