Date: 18th July, 2010
Venue: Sprint Center
City: Kansas City, MO
Commentators: Michael Cole,
Jerry “The King” Lawler, & Matt Striker
Theme Song: “Money” by I Fight Dragons
At Fatal 4-Way, it was announced that the Money in the Bank event would be based around the Money in the Bank ladder match. On the June 25 episode of SmackDown, it was announced that two Money in the Bank ladder matches will be held at the event for the Raw and SmackDown brands respectively, with the winners of the respective matches given a title match for the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship respectively at a time of their choosing within the next 12 months. Three days later, all eight competitors for the Raw brand’s match were announced by Raw guest host Rob Zombie. The eight competitors would be Randy Orton, The Miz, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, Evan Bourne, Ted DiBiase, John Morrison and Edge.
On June 30, WWE announced six of the competitors for the SmackDown brand’s match through its official website: Matt Hardy, Kane, Cody Rhodes, Christian, Kofi Kingston and The Big Show. On the July 5 episode of Raw, The Miz attacked R-Truth and injured him, taking him out of the Money in the Bank match. On the July 12 episode of Raw, Mark Henry was announced as R-Truth’s replacement. On the July 9 episode of SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler defeated Montel Vontavious Porter and Chavo Guerrero in a Triple Threat Match to qualify for SmackDown’s ladder match. On the same night, Drew McIntyre earned the final spot by pinning Kofi Kingston.
The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand heading into the Money in the Bank event was between the defending champion Rey Mysterio and Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship. Mysterio replaced The Undertaker, who was found in a vegetative state by his brother Kane, in the Fatal Four-Way match at the Fatal 4-Way event by winning a battle royal. Before the pay-per-view, Mysterio managed to pick up a non-title victory over Swagger. At the event, Mysterio once again pinned Swagger in SmackDown’s Fatal Four-Way match which also involved CM Punk and The Big Show to become a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. On the June 25 episode of SmackDown, Swagger announced that he would get his rematch at the Money in the Bank event.
The main rivalry from the Raw brand heading into Money in the Bank was between the defending champion Sheamus and John Cena for the WWE Championship. Sheamus won the title at the Fatal 4-Way event following interference from seven of the contestants from the first season of WWE NXT, collectively known as “The Nexus”. The next night on Raw, John Cena invoked his rematch clause, but The Nexus interrupted the match. The following week on Raw, due to the previous match’s result being inconclusive, Raw’s anonymous general manager announced a Steel Cage match between Sheamus and Cena to ensure that no outside interference would take place during the match.
SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Kane defeated Big Show, Matt Hardy, Christian, Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler (26:18)
Alicia Fox (c) defeated Eve Torres (05:52)
Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd) (with Natalya) (c) defeated The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) (with Tamina) by submission (05:53)
World Heavyweight Championship
Rey Mysterio (c) defeated Jack Swagger (10:43)
World Heavyweight Championship
Kane cashed in his Money in the Bank and defeated Rey Mysterio (c) (00:54)
Layla (c) (with Michelle McCool) defeated Kelly Kelly (with Tiffany) (03:56)
RAW Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The Miz defeated Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Edge, Evan Bourne, John Morrison, Mark Henry, and Ted DiBiase (20:26)
Steel Cage Match
Sheamus (c) defeated John Cena (23:19)
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Kane was then involved in a feud with his brother The Undertaker, facing him on several occasions.
The next night on Raw, Edge, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton faced off in a Triple Threat match, where the winner would face Sheamus at SummerSlam for the WWE Championship. Orton won the match, but at SummerSlam won the match via disqualification, allowing Sheamus to retain the championship.
On the following episode of SmackDown, Rey Mysterio and Jack Swagger faced each other in a two out of three falls match to determine Kane’s opponent at SummerSlam. Mysterio defeated Swagger to earn a championship rematch, but was unsuccessful in regaining the championship at the pay-per-view.
On the November 22 episode of Raw, The Miz successfully cashed in the briefcase he won at the pay-per-view against Randy Orton to become the WWE Champion.