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CALDWELL'S WWE MITB PPV RESULTS 7/14 (Hour 2): Ziggler vs. Del Rio for the World Title, Ryback vs. Jericho

Jul 14, 2013 - 9:51:38 PM
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WWE Money in the Bank PPV results
July 14, 2013
Philadelphia, Pa.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


Second Hour PPV Results

The second hour started with Vickie Guerrero reacting to Brad Maddox mocking her via video package in the middle of the show. Vickie said her experience tops anything Brad has accomplished in life and will accomplish as Raw GM.

Suddenly, Chris Jericho's pyro shot off to bring out Jericho to a strong reaction. Ryback was introduced next, leading to a video package on Jericho labeling Ryback "Cryback" a few weeks ago on Smackdown. The announcers played up the idea of Ryback having a leg injury - or feigning an injury to lure in Jericho.

4 -- CHRIS JERICHO vs. RYBACK

Jericho opened up with chops to Ryback's chest that sent Ryback rolling to the outside. Ryback collected himself, teased re-entering the ring, and dropped back to the ring floor to make Jericho wait. Back in the ring, Ryback gained the upper-hand as the vocal males picked up a "Goldberg" chant. Ryback then sold a leg injury and recovered on the ring apron. In response, Jericho tried a move off the top rope, but Ryback turned around and neck-snapped Jericho across the top rope.

Ryback followed up with methodical offense before Jericho chopped him and swept the leg, but Ryback popped to his feet and clotheslined Jericho to the mat. Ryback then smashed Jericho off the ring apron into the announce table. Back in the ring, Ryback beat up Jericho as the crowd sat quietly. Jericho teased a comeback with Ryback slipped in the corner and Jericho kicked him in the head after he fell to his knees.

At 9:00, Jericho nailed an enziguiri for a nearfall. Ryback then rolled to the ring apron, so Jericho neck-snapped him across the middle rope. Ryback fell to the outisde, then started moving at a six count. Ryback finally got up at eight, then made it back into the ring at nine. Jericho tried to capitalize with a big splash and he connected, but Ryback kicked out of a pin. Moments later, Jericho ran into Ryback, who lifted him in the air for a power move, but Jericho countered with a DDT for a two count.

At 11:00, Jericho rocked Ryback with right hands. Ryback didn't put up a fight, then took a knock-down shoulder tackle. He wanted a Lionsault, but Ryback avoided by rolling across the ring. After Jericho landed on his feet, the monster rolled him up with a small package for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Ryback at 11:20. Apparently the heat is on Ryback for being a monster, but resorting to little-man tactics to win matches. The problem is Ryback is such a damaged character that it doesn't have much chance to work at a high level. Of course, if Ryback is just going to be another interchangeable mid-card heel on the roster, then it will work perfectly.

Video Package: WWE peeled back the curtain by showing how wrestlers can "work on their characters" at the Performance Center, which opened last Thursday. I would say that a video editor is going to be in trouble for letting that line get on a PPV, but WWE has shown to be oblivious to why that is damaging to business in the past (e.g. heels appearing in B.A. Star videos that air during the TV show).

Video Package: World Title feud between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler.

In-ring: Dolph Ziggler was introduced to a strong reaction from the Philly crowd. Ziggler came out alone sporting an orange tanktop that made him look even more like Mr. Perfect. As Ziggler came out, Cole plugged WWE's line-up of YouTube shows, which prompted Lawler to say that Ziggler has a YouTube show. Well, that show was scrapped last year. World champ Alberto Del Rio was then introduced to boos before Lilian Garcia handled formal ring introductions.

5 -- World Hvt. champion ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER -- World Hvt. Title match

The crowd remained hot for Ziggler, who delivered ten consecutive elbow drops early on as the crowd counted along. That's something Ziggler can incorporate into his offensive attack to draw in the general audience a la Sheamus's Ten Forearms to the Chest. The match then moved to the floor, where Del Rio chucked Ziggler into the guardrail to take control of the match.

Back in the ring, Ziggler tried a desperation corner attack, but Del Rio moved, and Ziggler went head-first into the corner turnbuckle. Ziggler sold a head injury, so Del Rio seized the opportunity to capitalize a la the Payback PPV last month. As Del Rio attacked the head/neck area, the announcers debated the merits of Del Rio turning on the audience and claiming the audience did not appreciate him fighting for them.

The crowd picked up a "Let's Go Ziggler" chant, which Del Rio mocked, then tried to attack Ziggler's head, but Zigs moved and Del Rio spilled to the outside. Del Rio tried to re-enter the ring via the corner turnbuckle, but Ziggler emphatically slammed him to the mat with a facebuster. After a nearfall, the two men traded blows from a standing position. Del Rio then ate the ringpost shoulder-first, but came right back with a snappy German Suplex with a bridge pin for a nearfall.

Del Rio wanted to follow with a step-up kick in the corner, but Ziggler ducked and nailed the Fameasser for a close two count. "Let's Go Ziggler" chant, then Ziggler ran right into a backbreaker from the World champ for a close two count. Del Rio, frustrated, tried to gather his thoughts before climbing to the top rope. He took too long, though, allowing Ziggler to kick him in the face on the way down.

Suddenly, A.J. Lee's music played at 10:45. The Divas champ came skipping down to the ring as JBL noted that she has no business being out here. A.J. skipped around the ring before picking up a conversation with Ziggler, who said he has this and he doesn't need A.J.'s help. A.J. sold not understanding as she backed away. Ziggler escaped Del Rio trying to sneak-attack him, then once again told A.J. to go away. The slight distraction allowed Del Rio to crotch him on the top rope, then deliver a flip-over facebuster for a nearfall.

After kicking out, Ziggler pounded the mat to fire himself up as Del Rio re-thought his strategy in the opposite corner. Del Rio then tossed Ziggler into the air with a throw before snapping him in the face with a standing kick. Del Rio covered, but Ziggler kicked out again. Del Rio, again frustrated, lowered his kneepad to expose a kneebrace. He tried a running knee, but Ziggler ducked. Suddenly, A.J. Lee was in the ring after seeing her man in serious jeopardy and she popped Del Rio in the face with her Divas Title belt. It caused a DQ, giving Del Rio the win.

Post-match, Ziggler flipped out as A.J. sold being conflicted after screwing up. JBL complained about that "crazy woman" ruining a perfectly-good World Title match as Ziggler pounded the mat in frustration. A.J. mouthed being sorry as Ziggler sat down on the mat. After a replay of the finish, WWE cut back to a shot of A.J. sitting down next to Ziggler trying to console him. Ziggler told A.J. that he doesn't need her to protect him and he should be champ. Ziggler then left the ring, leaving A.J. crying in the ring. As A.J. remained in the ring, the crowd picked up a "You Screwed Ziggler" chant.

WINNER: Del Rio via DQ at 14:28 to retain the World Title. Ziggler needed this crowd to look like a big star in the face role because he hasn't since Payback last month. As for the finish, it was an acceptable way to get out of a clean finish and set up the next chapter of how A.J. and Ziggler will split. The basis will be A.J. claiming that she was protecting Ziggler because she was afraid of Ziggler suffering further head injury from Del Rio, while Ziggler will note that he doesn't need help to win. The question will be whether A.J. reveals she intentionally DQ'ed Ziggler in this match or if she turns after this match because she gets mad at Ziggler for shunning her. (**1/2)

After the match segment, WWE aired a video package on WWE's relationship with the National Guard before shouting out the military in the arena.

Video Package: John Cena vs. Mark Henry, setting this match up in the semi-main event slot and putting the WWE Title MITB ladder match in the main event slot.

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