DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: Christian is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
This past Monday's (June 25, 2012) episode of Raw served as the big kickoff show for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) that is all set to pop off this coming July 15 in Phoenix, Arizona.
All told, it was a decent show. Certainly nothing special but we now know the four participants in the Raw brand/WWE championship MITB ladder match, which are John Cena, Chris Jericho, Big Show, and Kane.
More or less may be added but it left the question as to who exactly who would participating in the Smackdown brand/World heavyweight championship MITB ladder match. And we're in luck because we find out on this very episode.
In addition, Sheamus takes on Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio in the main event triple threat match that was booked on Raw for the world heavyweight title. I'm sure you know how it turns out already but we'll tell you anyway.
Find out exactly what went down, courtesy of PWTorch, after the jump.
-- Divas Champion Layla def. AJ thanks to a distraction from Daniel Bryan, as WWE finally seems to have caught on to the fact that they need to have someone cost her a match instead of the other way around.
-- This led into Bryan sucking up to Vickie Guerrero and asking for AJ to be banned from ringside for his WWE championship match against CM Punk and Money in the Bank. Instead, it was revealed that AJ will be the special guest referee, which is an awesome added stipulation if you ask me.
-- VIckie also announced that Smackdown's MITB ladder match participants would be decided via matches throughout the night. Sergio already told you how that played out, so we'll just give you the quick rundown of the results here:
Damien Sandow def. Zack Ryder
Tyson Kidd def. Jack Swagger
Santino Marella and Christian def. David Otunga and Cody Rhodes
Tensai def. Justin Gabriel
So that's five so far with presumably one more to be added.
-- Ryback squashed two more "local athletes" in the same old song and dance he's been doing since he came back under a different name. As an aside, Randy Orton has been telling fans on Twitter his dream match is against Ryback.
-- Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler to retain the world heavyweight championship in predictable fashion. The good news is that Ziggler continues getting "Let's go Ziggler" chants and with some more work, the WWE fanbase may actually help get him over in the same vein they did with Bryan. Funny, both could come against Sheamus, the big babyface that isn't turning into the next John Cena quite like they had hoped. Not yet, at least. Plenty of time, though.
That's Smackdown, folks. Sounds fun, especially knowing Sandow is headed for MITB.