CM Punk wins the Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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March 30, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Straightedge Superstar shot straight to the top of the championship ranks Sunday night, thanks to his latest acquisition.

Former ECW Champion CM Punk fended off Chris Jericho on top of a 15-foot-high ladder to claim the Money in the Bank briefcase at WrestleMania XXIV. The victory over a talented field of six other Superstars gives Punk the opportunity to immediately challenge for any of WWE's three major championships -- anytime, anyplace.

But what was more shocking than Punk's victory was the return of Montel Vontavious Porter's most persistent rival, Matt Hardy.

Fully recovered from a ruptured appendix suffered late last year, Hardy rushed to ringside to thwart the United States Champion's chance to claim the briefcase, knocking down SmackDown's king of bling with a Twist of Fate off the ladder as the Citrus Bowl crowd roared.

Sources tell WWE.com that MVP was irate in the locker room, knowing now that the No. 1 threat to his U.S. Title is back and gunning for him.

After Punk's win in this human destruction derby, all of WWE's champions will have to watch their backs and keep their guards up. But as last year's winner, Mr. Kennedy, found out last year, "Mr. Money in the Bank" is a target for all those in the locker room who seek a taste of that king-making power.

But for one immortal night in Orlando, CM Punk is "money." And our fans worldwide know it.

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