Randy Orton won the Money in the Bank All-Stars Match

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July 14, 2013

Van Dam — clearly an emotional favorite in Philadelphia — was the first Superstar to realize the brutality of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match as all five of his opponents immediately tore him apart and tossed him out of the ring. If he had forgotten how tough WWE could be, he was quickly reminded.

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There was no prejudice in the brawl from there as fighting spilled to the floor with only Punk and Bryan left between the ropes. Those fans who remembered watching WWE’s most counterculture Superstars battling it out in small independent shows in high school gyms across Pennsylvania couldn’t help but applaud the impossible success of the wildly talented pair. Yet, there was none of that admiration between the two competitors — just devastating kicks and punches.

The action heated up as two ladders were introduced to the ring and all six Superstars clawed for the briefcase with the desperation of drowning victims fighting for air. A cunning Punk was able to push the briefcase like a pendulum, ensuring that no one was able to grab the contract before every competitor went crashing down to the canvas at once.

Durability quickly became a key asset and Sheamus looked to have the most of it. With Kane absent, The Celtic Warrior found himself as the sole powerhouse. Where his opponents went high risk in pursuit of the briefcase, Sheamus used closed fists and heavy boots to clear a path to the contract. At one point, the fighting Irishman was literally holding onto the case before Punk viciously yanked him out of the air.

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