John Cena won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship Contract

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July 15, 2012

There’s no doubt that Cena was the least experienced “banker” heading into this match. Whereas the bout was Cena’s maiden voyage into the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, all other participants are veterans of the match format. Kane and The Miz are former winners, Show’s competed before, and Jericho, though winless in Money in the Bank, invented the match concept.

No amount of experience could prepare any of the competitors for the pain they’d end up enduring. After Show was laid out with the Attitude Adjustment, Cena, Kane and The Miz all took turns piling ladders onto the fallen Show, ostensibly burying the angry giant and taking him out of action for several minutes.

From there, the participants set their sights on those Superstars who were still upright. Determined to finally prevail in a match of his own creation, Jericho took the fight to The Miz, momentarily locking in the Walls of Jericho. After that attempt was interrupted by Kane, Jericho propped a ladder on the top turnbuckle, with the top pointing in toward the ring, and rammed Miz face-first into it, treating The Awesome One to a skull-crushing finale of a different variety.

The Miz would regain his composure, only to be assailed by Kane. When it looked like the championship contract was The Big Red Monster’s for the taking, the pesky Y2J reinserted himself into the action. Moments later, Jericho joined forces with The Miz to double-suplex Kane onto a ladder.

At this point, a re-energized Cena ran amok, slamming both The Miz and Jericho onto a ladder – a precursor to a crowd-pleasing double “You Can’t See Me” fist drop for two of the match’s cockier Superstars. Though the move caused the U.S. Airways Center to explode with excitement, it would not be enough for Cena to score victory … yet.

After seemingly being down for the count, Show emerged from his crypt of ladders just in time to stop Jericho, who had bounced back from the Cena fist drop, from grabbing the contract. An infuriated Show worked over his former WWE Tag Team Championship partner, breaking ladders, as Michael Cole put it, “like toothpicks.” Show used pieces of a shattered ladder to brutalize Jericho. He then moved on to Cena, whom he sandwiched between a ladder and the ropes before splashing him with evil intentions.

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