Damien Sandow won the World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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July 14, 2013

Cesaro executed the first high-impact maneuver of the pay-per-view when the Swiss-born brute deadlifted Rhodes, slamming his back into a ladder propped up in the corner of the ring. But Rhodes wasn’t down for long, nailing a Disaster Kick into the skull of Cesaro.

United States Champion Dean Ambrose, who cut his teeth in chaotic Philly-based wrestling organizations, began to enter the fray. While brawling with Swagger, Michael Cole noted that the frantic, frenzied style of this Ladder Match in a northeast hotbed was a comfortable setting for the “Hound of Justice” – who ended up playing a pivotal role in the contest.

The match’s eventual victor took matters into his own hands, using Fandango as his personal battering ram, sending the bellbottomed dancer face-first into a ladder and following it up with a suplex onto the hard steel of another. The Intellectual Savior of the Masses began to climb, but Barrett arrived in the ring with a single rung of a broken ladder. The vicious hooligan bludgeoned Sandow with the weapon, allowing Barrett to climb the ladder and become the first Superstar in the contest to get his hands on the blue briefcase.

And here is when pairings among the competitors became most evident. The two Real Americans dashed into the ring, and when Swagger grabbed Barrett’s trunks and tossed him from the ladder, Cesaro caught the Brit with a nasty uppercut to an audible reaction from the Philly crowd.

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