By Mike Johnson on 2012-07-15 22:52:00

Josh Mathews interviewed World champion Sheamus. Sheamus was asked about Ziggler winning but Sheamus said he wanted to focus on tonight. He said Alberto Del Rio was a desperate man given all the things he’s pulled recently. He said his father used to tell him that you could judge a man by the car he drives. Sheamus said that he has the only hood ornament he needs with the World title. He promised to take out Del Rio.

They introduced The Miz, who was returning from filming The Marine: Homefront. The crowd chanted “Miz is awesome.” He said that he bet everyone was wondering where he was. He said he was filming a movie and was a bonafide movie star. He said that he was treated like a superstar for the first time in a long time. He said that he won MITB in the past and cashed him and that’s why he is here today. He announced he was putting himself into the WWE championship Money in the Bank match. He said he was tired over being overlooked. Good promo.

Mick Foley’s favorite Raw moment was winning the WWF title. I loved that one too. They noted that WCW gave it away and 600,000 fans immediately tuned into Raw.

World champion Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio

They locked up and Del Rio went to the floor when Sheamus had him on the defensive. He returned to the ring and nailed Sheamus with a right but Sheamus fired back with a number of shots in the corner. Sheamus drilled him into the corner but Del Rio kicked him in the gut and locked on an armbar.

Sheamus fought out of it and drilled Del Rio with a knee across the back of the head. He drilled and beat Del Rio with a series of knees and covered him with a two. Del Rio came back with a dropkick but missed a move and ended up on the apron. Sheamus suplexed Del Rio back into the ring and nailed the battering ram shoulderblock for a two count.

Del Rio ended up on the floor. Sheamus tossed him back in, Ricardo distracted Sheamus, allowing Del Rio to nail him with a kick. Sheamus was sent to the floor and had his arm slammed against the ring steps. Del Rio slapped him on the floor.

Del Rio dropkicked Sheamus and controlled Sheamus as he worked over his bad arm. Del Rio covered him for several near falls and locked on a keylock, trying to force him into a submission. Sheamus fought to his feet but was kicked in the back of the head.

Sheamus kept trying to fight his way up but Alberto brought him back down. Sheamus finally broke Dek free and charged but Del Rio avoided the charge and Sheamus nailed the ringpost with his shoulder. Del Rio continued to control Sheamus, using a headbutt to keep Sheamus down. Del Rio went for a cross armbreaker but Sheamus avoided it.

Del Rio sent Sheamus over the top to the apron. Sheamus tried to come back in with a clothesline over the ropes but was caught with a DDT and drilled down on his bad arm. Del Rio grabbed Sheamus by the face and trash talked him but was grabbed and rammed backward into the buckles. Sheamus nailed a running knee in the face for a two count.

Sheamus worked over Del Rio with shots across the chest and nailed the Uranage into a backbreaker for a two count. Del Rio kicked away at Sheamus. Sheamus missed a Brogue Kick and was caught up in the ropes. Del Rio nailed a backstabber for a two count. He ran and kicked Sheamus in the mid-section.

He went for an enziguiri but Sheamus ducked. He nailed White Noise and set up for the Brogue Kick. He nailed Del Rio with it and scored the pin.

Your winner and still World champion, Sheamus!

Really good back and forth physical match with Sheamus being in the rare position of the babyface in peril. Good well laid out match.

Ricardo and Del Rio attacked Sheamus after the bout and laid him out. The crowd immediately chanted “We want Zigger!” Dolph came out with the briefcase and went to cash in. Del Rio got in his face and was nailed with the case.

Ziggler handed over the case but was immediately kicked in the face with a Brogue kick. The announcers made it clear that he didn’t cash in as the bell was never sounded to kick off the match. Sheamus went to the back, celebrating with the fans.


By Dave Scherer on 2012-07-15 20:10:33

World Title match time, Alberto vs. Sheamus. Ricardo does his thing. The fans were eh. Sheamus got into’d and got a better reaction, but not deafening. … They told a story about Alberto tearing up some classic comic book at ComicCon last week. I am sure that means he is a heel to some people but to me, that makes him a face. I kid comic book fans. … ADR is in control early. Interesting spot came when Sheamus tried to hit ADR with a sledge and missed and ADR didn’t sell it, as he shouldn’t. … The story thus far is that ADR is working on Sheamus’ injured arm. … Sheamus started to make a comeback but he ran his shoulder into ADR. … OK, Alberto is still dominating. This is starting to feel like Sheamus somehow wins and Ziggler comes right down to cash in MITB. … Sheamus puts ADR over the ropes and pounds him with ten brutal shots to the chest but Sheamus did one too many and ADR hurt the arm. That didn’t stop Sheamus from getting a two count with the Irish Curse. … Sheamus missed a Brogue Kick and ADR got a two and a half. … ADR kicked Sheamus once and then missed a kick to the back of the head, badly. Sheamus hit White Noise and, with his arm pinned to his side, set himself up for the Brogue Kick. 1-2-3. It was a good, solid, not great match. Now, will Ziggler run down? And if he does, will he lose right now because Sheamus is not out. … Ricardo ran down and jumped on Sheamus. Before Sheamus could kill him, ADR came in and the two began beating him up as the fans chanted “We Want Ziggler”. Well, they got him. Down he came with the briefcase. He went to cash it in when ADR tried to stop him. ADR ate the briefcase. Ziggler cashed in and as he turned around, Sheamus nailed him with a Brogue Kick. Cole right away made it clear that since the bell didn’t ring Ziggler didn’t cash in the contract, which made no sense at all to me since the intention was there. What made even less sense was that Ziggler had Sheamus vulnerable and they STILL had Ziggler get laid out. I feel for the guy, they book him like dog crap. And they wonder why guys don’t get over. Sheesh.

411’s WWE Money in the Bank Report 07.15.12

Posted by Scott Slimmer on 07.15.2012

Matt Striker is in the back with Sheamus. Sheamus admits that Alberto Del Rio is a vicious competitor who had to resort to slamming the hood of his car onto Sheamus’ head. But Sheamus doesn’t need a fancy car or an expensive hood ornament, because he has the only ornament he’ll ever need – the World Heavyweight Championship. Sure, he may drive a car that will eventually end up in a scrap yard, but after tonight, Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez will be in the scrap yard as well.

We head back to the ring, and after two-and-a-half months… THE MIZ IS BACK! We get a “Miz is awesome! Miz is awesome!” chant from the crowd, and Miz asks if they missed him. He’s been of filming a movie, and for the first time in a long time he got the respect he deserves. He’s won Money in the Bank in the past, and he’s cashed it in successfully. But now it’s time for the Miz to make an impact, and that’s why tonight there won’t just be four former WWE Championship in Money in the Bank… there will be FIVE. Miz will prevail, and he will be the WWE Champion again. Why? Because he’s the Miz, and he’s a movie star, and he’s AWESOME. Crowd was solidly behind Miz here. This definitely changes the complexion of the next Money in the Bank match.

World Heavyweight Championship Match Sheamus (Champion) vs. Alberto Del Rio

Sheamus and Del Rio lock up to start, but Sheamus quickly tosses Del Rio out of the ring. Del Rio heads back into the ring and bitch slaps Sheamus, so Sheamus muscles him to the corner and beats him senseless. Del Rio takes the fight to Sheamus, but Sheamus again muscles Del Rio to the corner. This has been a straight up brawl so far. Sheamus drops Del Rio with a back elbow shot and gets a one count. Del Rio traps Sheamus in the corner and connects with a stiff kick to the ribs. Del Rio begins to work on Sheamus’ arm, but Sheamus regains control with a knee to the head. Sheamus whips Del Rio to the ropes and telegraphs the back body drop, so Del Rio puts on the brakes and kicks Sheamus in the chest. Sheamus whips Del Rio to the ring apron and suplexes him back into the ring. Sheamus rolls to the apron, heads up top, and connects with the top rope battering ram for a two count. Del Rio heads out of the ring to catch a breather, but Sheamus gives chase and rolls him back into the ring. Rodriguez distracts Sheamus, and that gives Del Rio the chance to drop kick Sheamus off the apron. Del Rio heads out of the ring, slams Sheamus’ arm into the ring steps, and whips Sheamus into the barrier. Del Rio rolls Sheamus back into the ring and heads up top. Del Rio waits for Sheamus to get to his feet and hits a top rope diving cross body for a two count. Del Rio connects with a kick to the back of the thigh and hits an arm breaker for another two count. Del Rio locks in a modified key lock, but Sheamus fights back to his feet, so Del Rio breaks the hold and lands two kicks to the back of the head for a two count. Del Rio locks in a modified bow-and-arrow, but Sheamus again fights back to his feet. Sheamus finally breaks the hold, but Del Rio fights back with a head butt right to the bridge of the nose. Del Rio has been brawling throughout and going after the left arm whenever possible. Del Rio locks in a front chancery, but Sheamus escapes. Sheamus charges Del Rio, but Del Rio evades and causes Sheamus to post himself in the corner. Sheamus fights back from his knees, but Del Rio regains control with another head butt. Del Rio goes back to the front chancery and goes for the cross arm breaker, but Sheamus escapes. Sheamus heads to the apron and goes for the slingshot battering ram, but Del Rio catches Sheamus with an arm breaker in mid-air. Sheamus shoves Del Rio to the corner and connect with a high knee to the jaw. Sheamus follows up with a scoop slam for a two count. Sheamus pulls Del Rio across the top rope and beats on his chest, but Del Rio grabs the injured arm and wrenches it across the top rope. Del Rio charges Sheamus, but Sheamus catches him with the Irish Curse Backbreaker for a long two count. Sheamus goes for the rolling senton, but Del Rio sneaks out the back. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick, but Del Rio counters into a Back Stabber for a two count. Del Rio punts the ribs and goes for an enzuigiri in the corner, but Sheamus ducks to avoid contact. Sheamus heads back to the middle of the ring and regains control with White Noise. Sheamus waits for Del Rio to get back to his feet, hits the Brogue Kick, and gets the three count.

Match Result: Sheamus defeats Alberto Del Rio with the Brogue Kick. Match Length: 14:27

After the match, Rodriguez charges into the ring and jumps on Sheamus’ back. That gives Del Rio the chance to attack Sheamus, and Del Rio and Rodriguez mercilessly beat Sheamus. Ziggler runs down to the ring to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, but Del Rio delays Ziggler. Ziggler tries to cash in, but Sheamus connect with a Brogue Kick before the bell rings. Sheamus is still champion, but Ziggler still has his contract. > WWE > MITB: World Heavyweight Championship

Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/15/2012 at 08:52 PM

We get a preview video for tonight’s World Heavyweight Title match.

World Heavyweight Title Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus

Lilian Garcia is in the ring for introductions as the challenger Alberto Del Rio comes out first. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus is out next to a nice pop from the crowd.

Ricardo Rodriguez does the formal ring introduction for Del Rio while Lilian does it for Sheamus. The bell rings and they go at it. Del Rio goes out and comes back in. They lock up and Del Rio smacks Sheamus. Sheamus beats him down in the corner and is forced to back off. Del Rio comes back and they trade shots in the middle of the ring. Sheamus takes it back to the corner and beats Del Rio down again. More back and forth. Del Rio works on the arm. Sheamus drops Del Rio with a knee to the head for a 2 count. Sheamus with more knees and another pin attempt.

Del Rio ends up hung on the ropes. Sheamus throws him into the outside of corner and suplexes him in from the apron. Sheamus goes to the top and hits the battering ram for a 2 count. Sheamus brings it back in but is distracted by Ricardo. Sheamus gets kicked by Del Rio and he falls to the floor. Del Rio comes out and slams the injured arm of Sheamus into the steps. Del Rio throws Sheamus into the fan barrier and brings it back in the ring. Del Rio climbs to the top and comes down with a forearm for a 2 count. Del Rio goes back to the arm now. More back and forth, another 2 count for Del Rio. Del Rio goes back to work on the arm and beats Sheamus down. Del Rio with another 2 count. Del Rio with another arm submission. Del Rio with kicks now. Another arm lock but Sheamus fights out. Del Rio runs into a big boot after a headbutt and gets caught with a swinging neckbreaker. Sheamus with a clothesline but Del Rio comes right out of the corner and goes for another pin attempt.

They brawl and Sheamus runs into the ring post. Del Rio with another big kick and a 2 count. Del Rio with more kicks and a headbutt to send Sheamus back down. Del Rio goes for the cross armbreaker but Sheamus blocks it. Sheamus ends up on the apron. He tries to come in with the battering ram but Del Rio catches him with an armbreaker for a 2 count. Del Rio taunts Sheamus now. Sheamus picks him up and rams him back into the corner. Sheamus with a running knee lift and a big powerslam for 2. Sheamus takes Del Rio on the apron and hits the big forearm shots to the chest.

Del Rio grabs the arm and slams it over the top rope to come back in the ring. Sheamus catches him with the Irish Curse backbreaker for a 2 count. Sheamus picks Del Rio up but he slides out. Del Rio with a kick to the face. Sheamus side steps another cross armbreaker. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but gets hung on the rope. Del Rio with the armbreaker for another close 2 count. Del Rio with a big kick to the gut. Del Rio waits on Sheamus to get up and misses the kick tot he back of the head. Sheamus hits White Noise and gets ready to put Del Rio away. The crowd chants “Brogue” before Sheamus nails the Brogue Kick for the win.

Winner: Sheamus

After the match, Ricardo jumps on Sheamus’ back and stops the celebration. Del Rio attacks and beats Sheamus down to the mat. Del Rio mounts him with right hands before both of them stomp away on Sheamus. The music hits and out comes Dolph Ziggler to cash in. He lays Del Rio out with a briefcase shot and talks with the referee. Sheamus gets up and hits him with a Brogue Kick before the match can start. Ziggler still has a title shot. Sheamus poses with the World Title before celebrating with the fans on the way to the back.

WWE Money in the Bank 2012: 15 Things We Learned from Tonight’s PPV

By David Levin(Featured Columnist) on July 16, 2012

A Better Match Than I Thought It Would Be

Alberto Del Rio looked better and performed at a high level.

He looked like a champion.

So much has been made of his recent injuries. But toned, tanned and in rare form.

While Sheamus and Del Rio was not Sheamus and Daniel Bryan, there was a heightened drama to the match which made it better than it should have been.

WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Results: Sheamus Defeats Alberto Del Rio

By Mike Chiari (Featured Columnist) on July 15, 2012

The match may not have received much hype heading into Money in the Bank, but that didn’t seem to bother the competitors, as Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio put on a solid match before Sheamus ultimately came out on top and retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

It seems pretty clear that Sheamus’ feud with Del Rio is a transitional one before he moves on to something else, and the Celtic Warrior’s victory confirms that. The creative team made an effort to heat things up over the past couple of weeks, with Del Rio slamming the hood of his car onto Sheamus, but I’m not sure the fans ever got fully invested.

There has been so much time put into the WWE championship angle and the Money in the Bank ladder matches that Sheamus and Del Rio have faded into the background. The bout had to be good in order to bolster a fairly thin card, though, and both Sheamus and Del Rio answered the bell in that regard.

Sheamus has gained a great deal of popularity over the past year and continues to be booked as a dominant champion. Since winning the Royal Rumble, Sheamus has steamrolled the competition, including an 18-second win over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania and numerous successful title defenses.

Not everyone has been particularly happy with Sheamus’ title run thus far.

They believe he is too much of an unstoppable force, but there aren’t any worthy challengers at this point. Sheamus has done a great job transitioning from being a heel a little over a year ago to being one of the most popular faces in the company, alongside John Cena, CM Punk and Randy Orton.

As for Del Rio, he is in a very tough spot right now.

He has been chasing the World Heavyweight Championship for quite some time, but I feel like that is only because of a lack of other options. Del Rio has technically been in the main-event scene, but he has never looked like an actual threat to take the strap away from The Great White.

Del Rio will probably have to move onto something else now, although it’s tough to say what. He and Ricardo Rodriguez were engaged in a bit of a side feud with Santino, so perhaps Del Rio can commit to that fully and win the United States Championship in order to get his character back on track.

Sheamus must now deal with a new adversary as well, but it is tough to say who.

Perhaps he can rehash the short rivalry he had with Dolph Ziggler. If that doesn’t work, then I could see a rejuvenated Tensai or a returning Wade Barrett challenging him.

The World Heavyweight Championship scene is in need of something different, so hopefully Sheamus’ win leads to that.

WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Results: Sheamus Retains the World Title

By Tom Clark(Featured Columnist) on July 15, 2012

This one began with Del Rio making his usual grand entrance to a rousing ovation of hate from the crowd.

The world champion, on the other hand, received a great pop and was all business, as he power-walked down to the ring and was soon eye-to-eye with the Mexican Aristocrat.

Okay, the sides have been established. Now, time for the action.

The champ, in typical fashion, did not back down from Del Rio, who took the fight right to him. Del Rio soon began working on the left arm of Sheamus, a tactic that he has often used in recent months.

On a side note, pro wrestlers traditionally always work the left side. They may change it up from time to time, but for the most part, you will find that it is the left leg and left arm that get the most attention in a match.

I expected this match to be rough and tumble, with each man working stiff and being very physical throughout.

I was not disappointed.

Though Sheamus has received some criticism in recent months since winning the world title, mostly because he is viewed as being boring by some, I have to say that I have been very impressed with his work ethic thus far.

Sheamus is a bruiser, a guy who may smile and crack wise in his promos but who lets his fists do the talking in his matches. I believe that he has only gotten better since becoming the man on Friday Night SmackDown.

To Del Rio’s credit, though he has received a fair amount of criticism himself because fans question if he will every truly become a top guy, he definitely brought it in this match.

Going toe-to-toe against a world champion who is presented as a tough guy and a man who is very punishing in the ring is not an easy task, but make no mistake about it: Alberto Del Rio is tougher than leather.

Old school Run DMC reference in hand, I will also say that I was very impressed with this match as a whole.

I am a sucker for the classic ground-and-pound style, and that is what fans got with this one.

It is matches like this one that do nothing but give more credibility to the championship that is on the line. If fans are to accept a major title and believe that it should be held in high regard, then the men working to attain it need to give everything they have in order to get it.

It’s the only way to make the belt more relevant for fans and for the company, and to me, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship means a little more now than it did before the pay-per-view.

The fact that Sheamus retained the title does not surprise me. The fact that Dolph Ziggler attempted to cash in right away does.

Dolph has been painted as the future, a guy whose best years are ahead of him and who could carry the company forward. Yet every time he seems to get close, it never happens.

Earlier in the night, he won the SmackDown ladder match, and again, it seems as though he’s on his way now.

Then, he’s again laid out with nothing to show for it.

It’s not the end of the world, of course. Ziggler still has the briefcase, but to see him once again put down makes me seriously question just how seriously WWE is taking him.

But on this night, it’s Sheamus who walks out with the world championship.

For me, the Great White has earned it.