Randy Orton survived a grueling Money in the Bank All-Stars Match to win his first Money in the Bank contract, but it was Paul Heyman's shocking assault on CM Punk that left the WWE Universe speechless.

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

PHILADELPHIA — The history of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match is one marked by reckless abandon, endless fortitude and more than a little bit of luck, but it was betrayal that defined the Money in the Bank “All-Stars” Match. With CM Punk a tattooed hand away from gripping a record third briefcase, the slimy Paul Heyman entered the fray and repeatedly bashed his supposed best friend — his “guy” — with a steel ladder. The brazen assault nullified The Straight Edge Superstar, giving Randy Orton the opportunity to capture his first Money in the Bank contract.

See photos from the intense bout

It was an underhanded ending to a match that exemplified the best Punk, Orton, Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus and a returning Rob Van Dam had to offer. Billed appropriately as “All-Stars,” six of WWE’s true greats — minus a missing Kane who was sidelined by a savage Wyatt Family attack — risked it all for a guaranteed WWE Title opportunity and, debatably, an instant championship reign, as history’s proven.

Still, the talk of the WWE fans exiting the Wells Fargo Center focused not on dramatic flips and falls, but on the realization that the friendship between Punk and Heyman was even more strained than the WWE Universe imagined — and that a long coiled Viper is once again ready to strike.

Find out what happened when WWE.com caught up with Heyman

The final match of the night began with a hero’s welcome for RVD who was returning to WWE in the city where he made his name. Six years removed from his last WWE run, the ageless Van Dam looked as good as he did when he first entered Extreme Championship Wrestling nearly two decades ago. The Philly fans, sensing a classic before the bell even rang, began to shake the arena as the ring filled up with future WWE Hall of Famers. And then all hell broke loose.

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

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.

Hear what RVD had to say about his WWE return

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.

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

With Sheamus hobbled, RVD emerged as the most promising candidate to win. Busting out a veritable greatest hits for the Philadelphia faithful, the former WWE Champion launched Christian across the ring with a monkey flip and nailed Bryan with a tumbling Rolling Thunder on top of a ladder. Anyone who questioned whether or not Van Dam still had “it” got their answer when the ECW icon executed his famous Five Star Frog Splash from atop a towering ladder onto Captain Charisma.

Read an in-depth interview with RVD

Every Superstar got an unpleasant introduction to the steel at one point during the brawl, but it was Bryan who soon broke out in his irrepressible fashion. Blistering Sheamus and RVD with bruising kicks, the fiery Superstar singlehandedly eliminated every man from the squared circle and looked well on his way to capturing his second Money in the Bank contract. And then Curtis Axel arrived.

Catching the WWE Universe — and Bryan — off-guard, the Intercontinental Champion entered the ring unannounced and slaughtered the submission expert with a steel chair. An eerily silent Axel sent Bryan onto the arena floor and stood over his victim with unnecessary arrogance only to get blasted with Go to Sleep by fellow “Paul Heyman Guy” CM Punk. An irate Heyman then hit the ring and chewed out the unconscious Intercontinental Champion while urging Punk towards victory.

Watch the best Money in the Bank Ladder Match moments

It was chaos, but the Chicago Superstar forged ahead, willing his broken body to move up a ladder towards destiny. Punk seemed to be inches away from impossibly winning a record third Money in the Bank Ladder Match before he was assaulted by none other than Paul Heyman.

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

Displaying the type of underhanded malfeasance that long ago made him sports-entertainment’s public enemy No. 1, the eely manager slammed the man he once called his best friend with a ladder from behind. Heyman may lack the strength of WWE Superstars, but the way he drove the jagged steel edges into Punk’s unprotected face showed no lack of remorse in the wicked New Yorker.

The shocking events silenced the WWE Universe, but Rob Van Dam was focused on the briefcase. Scaling the ladder, RVD neared victory before he was taken down out of nowhere by a leaping RKO. The Viper had struck when least expected and found himself in an empty ring with the briefcase only feet above him. Methodically climbing with the cold focus that has become a trademark of WWE’s Apex Predator, Orton slowly unhinged the case and won an absolutely grueling match.

Underneath The Viper lay a crime scene littered with broken bodies, twisted ladders and dented steel chairs. Men had been betrayed, men had been robbed, but the only thing that mattered in that moment was the man above it all.

As a six-time WWE Champion, The Viper is no stranger to WWE’s most prestigious title, but it has been nearly three years since Orton was on top. It had been said that desperation brought him here. It will be the contract contained in the briefcase that may crown the serpent champion once again.

Randy Orton survived a grueling Money in the Bank All-Stars Match to win his first Money in the Bank contract, but it was Paul Heyman's shocking assault on CM Punk that left the WWE Universe speechless.

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

PHILADELPHIA — The history of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match is one marked by reckless abandon, endless fortitude and more than a little bit of luck, but it was betrayal that defined the Money in the Bank “All-Stars” Match. With CM Punk a tattooed hand away from gripping a record third briefcase, the slimy Paul Heyman entered the fray and repeatedly bashed his supposed best friend — his “guy” — with a steel ladder. The brazen assault nullified The Straight Edge Superstar, giving Randy Orton the opportunity to capture his first Money in the Bank contract.

See photos from the intense bout

It was an underhanded ending to a match that exemplified the best Punk, Orton, Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus and a returning Rob Van Dam had to offer. Billed appropriately as “All-Stars,” six of WWE’s true greats — minus a missing Kane who was sidelined by a savage Wyatt Family attack — risked it all for a guaranteed WWE Title opportunity and, debatably, an instant championship reign, as history’s proven.

Still, the talk of the WWE fans exiting the Wells Fargo Center focused not on dramatic flips and falls, but on the realization that the friendship between Punk and Heyman was even more strained than the WWE Universe imagined — and that a long coiled Viper is once again ready to strike.

Find out what happened when WWE.com caught up with Heyman

The final match of the night began with a hero’s welcome for RVD who was returning to WWE in the city where he made his name. Six years removed from his last WWE run, the ageless Van Dam looked as good as he did when he first entered Extreme Championship Wrestling nearly two decades ago. The Philly fans, sensing a classic before the bell even rang, began to shake the arena as the ring filled up with future WWE Hall of Famers. And then all hell broke loose.

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

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.

Hear what RVD had to say about his WWE return

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.

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

With Sheamus hobbled, RVD emerged as the most promising candidate to win. Busting out a veritable greatest hits for the Philadelphia faithful, the former WWE Champion launched Christian across the ring with a monkey flip and nailed Bryan with a tumbling Rolling Thunder on top of a ladder. Anyone who questioned whether or not Van Dam still had “it” got their answer when the ECW icon executed his famous Five Star Frog Splash from atop a towering ladder onto Captain Charisma.

Read an in-depth interview with RVD

Every Superstar got an unpleasant introduction to the steel at one point during the brawl, but it was Bryan who soon broke out in his irrepressible fashion. Blistering Sheamus and RVD with bruising kicks, the fiery Superstar singlehandedly eliminated every man from the squared circle and looked well on his way to capturing his second Money in the Bank contract. And then Curtis Axel arrived.

Catching the WWE Universe — and Bryan — off-guard, the Intercontinental Champion entered the ring unannounced and slaughtered the submission expert with a steel chair. An eerily silent Axel sent Bryan onto the arena floor and stood over his victim with unnecessary arrogance only to get blasted with Go to Sleep by fellow “Paul Heyman Guy” CM Punk. An irate Heyman then hit the ring and chewed out the unconscious Intercontinental Champion while urging Punk towards victory.

Watch the best Money in the Bank Ladder Match moments

It was chaos, but the Chicago Superstar forged ahead, willing his broken body to move up a ladder towards destiny. Punk seemed to be inches away from impossibly winning a record third Money in the Bank Ladder Match before he was assaulted by none other than Paul Heyman.

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

Displaying the type of underhanded malfeasance that long ago made him sports-entertainment’s public enemy No. 1, the eely manager slammed the man he once called his best friend with a ladder from behind. Heyman may lack the strength of WWE Superstars, but the way he drove the jagged steel edges into Punk’s unprotected face showed no lack of remorse in the wicked New Yorker.

The shocking events silenced the WWE Universe, but Rob Van Dam was focused on the briefcase. Scaling the ladder, RVD neared victory before he was taken down out of nowhere by a leaping RKO. The Viper had struck when least expected and found himself in an empty ring with the briefcase only feet above him. Methodically climbing with the cold focus that has become a trademark of WWE’s Apex Predator, Orton slowly unhinged the case and won an absolutely grueling match.

Underneath The Viper lay a crime scene littered with broken bodies, twisted ladders and dented steel chairs. Men had been betrayed, men had been robbed, but the only thing that mattered in that moment was the man above it all.

As a six-time WWE Champion, The Viper is no stranger to WWE’s most prestigious title, but it has been nearly three years since Orton was on top. It had been said that desperation brought him here. It will be the contract contained in the briefcase that may crown the serpent champion once again.