Money In The Bank 2011 (SmackDown)
The second edition of the PPV hosted the legendary WWE Championship match between John Cena and the inusrgent CM Punk, but that didn’t cast too much of a shadow on the eponymous match.
Ersthwile allies Wade Barrett, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel shared the ring with Cody Rhodes (donning a protective mask), 2010 winner Kane, Sin Cara, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan.
The match witnessed one of the scariest moments in WWE history when Sheamus powerbombed SIn Cara through a ladder, snapping it in half and dispatching the Luchador on a stretcher.
That would be the first of Sheamus’ big moves, as he and Kane would pull off a Doomsday Machine on Daniel Bryan a little later. Kane would deliver poetc justice by chokeslamming Sheamus on a ladder he himself devised in the corner.
Each Superstar’s control ebbed and flowed until big man Barrett dispersed stragglers including his former comrades Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. Barrett, Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryan would rise out of the wreckage to make their bid for the briefcase.
Rhodes would be taken out of the equation and just when it seemed Barrett’s momentum would culminate in a historic win, Bryan would send him crashing to the earth and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Sheamus, Kane and most importantly, Daniel Bryan propelled the match to a height that would be one of the benchmarks for ladder matches at the PPV to follow. Keeping in mind that this was the second edition of the PPV, Daniel Bryan’s natural magnetism to the fans, augmented by the supporting cast made for a second consecutive hit match.