Re: The King of BTB Tournament
Backstory: Following WWE’s Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view (which was, for the record, a total flop), Dolph Ziggler began a program with Montel Vontavious Porter. Both men successfully qualified for the Money in the Bank match at the similarly named pay-per-view in a month’s time, and MVP invited Ziggler into the VIP Lounge, where he joked about Ziggler’s lack of title wins since he arrived in the WWE. When Ziggler came back with a remark about MVP’s time in prison, things got heated, and the pair brawled, with MVP knocking Ziggler from the ring. After a few weeks of costing the other man their matches, the pair finally met in that fateful ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view – as MVP looked set to take the briefcase, Ziggler scaled the ladder behind him, and capitalised with a low blow, before flinging the Ballin’ Superstar from the top and unhooking the briefcase.WWE Summerslam
On Raw the following night, a new challenge presented itself to Ziggler in the form of young hotshot Evan Bourne, who swore that he wouldn’t lose a match until he got a shot at Ziggler and the Money in the Bank briefcase he held, seeing as he never got a qualifying match for the pay-per-view match itself. Bourne would live up to his promise, beating men like The Miz, Ted DiBiase, and William Regal on Raw, while on SmackDown, MVP continued to feud with the briefcase holder, Ziggler, saying that he was a coward, and had won by cheating. SmackDown GM Teddy Long agreed, and booked this match for Summerslam – Dolph Ziggler would defend his Money in the Bank Briefcase in the very match he won it in, a Ladder Match, where his opponents would be none other than MVP himself, and the hungry Evan Bourne.
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
August 15th, 2010
Money in the Bank Briefcase
Dolph Ziggler (h) vs MVP vs Evan Bourne
Triple Threat Ladder Match
As the bell chimes, the crowd comes alive – the LA fans are pumped up for this one, and a mixture of chants for Evan Bourne and MVP kick off. The former turns briefly to the chanting fans with a grin, and quickly points at one of them, before turning back to face his opponents. All three men slowly look up at the briefcase, and Ziggler smirks, knowing he’s won a ladder match for this prize once already recently, and clearly confident he can do it again. MVP bounces on the balls of his feet, and eyes one of the ladders placed conveniently on the outside – but suddenly, the action kicks off, as Ziggler charges straight for the Ballin’ Superstar, knocking him down with a crunching right hand! MVP rolls from the ring, stunned, and the crowd boos Ziggler, who puts out his arms towards a furious Porter on the outside... CRACK! A giant Roundhouse Kick connects to the face from Bourne to Ziggler, and Mr. Money in the Bank goes down, clutching his face! The crowd cheers wildly, and Bourne grins – this match is underway!
MVP gets back in the ring, still smarting from the cheap shot, and helps Bourne pull Ziggler back to his feet – the two fan favourites send Ziggler off to the ropes... and flatten him with a double Clothesline when he returns! Mr. Money in the Bank hits the mat hard, and rolls from the ring, scowling. He rubs his jaw, slightly dazed, and the crowd boos his cowardice, though he doesn’t care. Back in the ring, MVP and Bourne decide to work together – MVP hurls Bourne off towards the opposite ropes, before bending over, and catapulting Bourne up, over the top rope... AND INTO ZIGGLER ON THE OUTSIDE WITH THE SOMERSAULT PLANCHA! The crowd goes wild for the early spot, and Ziggler is laid out near the ramp, completely rattled in the early going! Bourne looks a bit shaken, too, and he stays down... but MVP feels like going for the win, so he rolls to the outside, near the hard camera, and grabs himself one of the standing ladders! The Ballin’ Superstar folds the steel weapon, and slides it into the ring, but Bourne is up elsewhere on the outside, and he has the same mindset, heading to the opposite side of the ringside area, and folding one of the ladders on that side!
Bourne slides his ladder into the ring, and MVP picks up his own one! The Ballin’ Superstar sees Bourne on the apron, though, and immediately takes the initiative, charging across the ring... AND CRACKING BOURNE BETWEEN THE EYES WITH THE BUTT OF THE LADDER, SENDING HIM CAREERING FROM THE APRON! Bourne clatters to the outside, holding his face in agony, and MVP unfolds the ladder in his hands, and takes his time making sure it’s perfectly under the briefcase – Ziggler begins to struggle up on the outside, but the Ballin’ Superstar doesn’t notice, and begins to climb! The crowd cheers, and Porter scales the first few steps pretty quickly, looking to capture the coveted briefcase in the early going... but Ziggler gets in the ring, quickly scaling the ladder behind MVP – BEFORE LAUNCHING UP, AND PULLING MVP DOWN WITH THE ZIG-ZAG OFF THE LADDER! The crowd groans with the brutal impact, and both men roll about on the floor! MVP looks like he took it worse, naturally, and rolls to the corner, clutching the back of his head in pain... Ziggler looks up from the mat, and sees the briefcase high above the ring once more, so he struggles back up, and clambers up on to the ladder! The crowd boos intensely as he heads closer and closer towards the briefcase, and reaches up... but he’s not high enough! He takes another step up, and dιjΰ vu hits the fans in Los Angeles – can Ziggler do it again?
Suddenly though, Ziggler looks down – because Bourne is on the apron, and he springboards, launching himself straight on to the other side of the ladder! The crowd cheers wildly for the athletic move, and Ziggler scowls at the peak of the ladder, frustrated that Bourne would have the audacity to challenge him... so as Bourne joins him in that precarious position, Ziggler starts UNLEASHING with right hands, rocking young Evan like there’s no tomorrow! The crowd screams for Bourne to fight back, and he does just that, blocking one of the punches, then swinging hard with a right of his own, and catching Ziggler by surprise! The current briefcase holder wobbles a little, and everyone notices – there’s a fully folded ladder still lying on the mat, slid in by Bourne earlier! It looks like Ziggler may be about to taste the steel, because Bourne places a hand on his head, and tries to force him off, attempting to fling him towards that ladder on the floor! The crowd gets to its feet, anticipation of something huge to come – and Bourne manages to slide a foot through the rungs of the ladder, pushing at Ziggler’s gut with his right boot! The pair are seriously high up, and Ziggler grips frantically to the top of the ladder, the only thing to stop him being forced off! Ziggler has a moment of inspiration, though... he grabs on to Bourne’s leg through the rungs... and yanks it fully through to the other side of the ladder! The crowd groans, and Bourne’s groin collides with the side of the ladder, leaving him in a very awkward position, twisted into a nasty shape, high above the ring, with his leg stuck through the ladder’s rungs! Ziggler smirks... BEFORE DROPPING FROM THE LADDER, STILL HOLDING BOURNE’S LEG, AND PRACTICALLY BREAKING IT IN HALF! The crowd craps all over Ziggler – Bourne is screaming in agony, unable to reach his leg past the ladder, which was just bent to an impossible angle!
Ziggler lands on the mat, screaming out at the crowd like a frenzied animal, and a giant smirk begins to form... the crowd boos him wildly, and he strolls round to Bourne’s side, stepping up the first few rungs to grab him by the head – AND HE YANKS HIM FROM THE LADDER’S TRAP, SLAMMING HIM DOWN TO THE MAT FROM HIGH UP! The ladder falls to the side, too, folding a little as it hits the floor, and the impact of the move shakes the very ring! The high-flyer spasms on the mat, clutching his leg, squirming in absolute agony! Ziggler turns around... BOOM! 305 FROM MVP!!! THE CROWD GOES CRAZY!!! Ziggler had totally forgotten about the Ballin’ Superstar, who gives him back a taste of his own medicine with HIS finisher! MVP gets up, roaring out at the crowd with a smile... and then grabs Ziggler, dragging him on to the folded ladder, face down! The crowd roars, but Porter still isn’t done, grabbing the ladder which fell, and collapsing it too! He then picks it up, and lays it ON TOP of Ziggler, making Mr. Money in the Bank the filling in a ladder sandwich! The crowd cheers, and the Ballin’ Superstar deliberates on how to do this... and inspiration strikes! He heads for the ropes... and comes back, hopping, and taking the imaginary jump-shot! The crowd cries ‘BALLIN’!’, and MVP grins as he unleashes the Ballin’ Elbow... CRUSHING ZIGGLER LIKE A PANCAKE BETWEEN THE LADDERS! THE CROWD GOES NUTS!
MVP removes an unmoving Ziggler from between the ladders, and pushes him from the ring with a casual boot. He picks up one of the ladders, and unfolds it, setting it up once again beneath the briefcase. The crowd begins to chant his name, and slowly, he begins to climb, slowly stretching upwards towards the coveted briefcase – but he’s too far away, and he has to take another step... he reaches up... BUT HERE COMES A BATTERED EVAN BOURNE, SLIDING IN THE RING! Bourne looks beaten up already from the slams he’s taken, but he scales the ladder like his life depended on it! He reaches the top, and this time he’s exchanging blows with the Ballin’ Superstar! On the outside, Ziggler pulls himself up slowly with the support of a ladder already set up, and then collapses it, pushing it into the ring with a pained expression. He follows it into the ring, shaking out some cobwebs, but MVP and Bourne don’t notice him, instead continuing to trade ever-slowing blows... until Bourne mixes it up, cracking the Ballin’ Superstar with a big kick to the head! MVP wobbles, dazed... and Bourne unleashes another cracking shot to the head – SO MVP TUMBLES FROM THE LADDER, CRUNCHING STRAIGHT INTO ZIGGLER’S COLLAPSED LADDER ON THE MAT! THE STAPLES CENTER ROARS IN TOTAL AWE! MVP screams in pain, the steel destroying his spine, and Ziggler stands, stunned – he was inches away from MVP hitting HIM!
The crowd’s attention turns to Bourne, who suddenly looks at the briefcase – his eyes light up! He reaches for it, the crowd on its feet... BUT ZIGGLER SHOVES THE LADDER OVER, AND BOURNE CLATTERS TO THE OUTSIDE IN BRUTAL FASHION!!! The crowd groans with the sick impact, and Ziggler smirks – he’s cleared the ring for himself! MVP lies still in the corner, not moving, and Ziggler takes the ladder that he just pushed over, and uprights it, making sure it’s secure... but MVP starts to crawl towards him, showing some fight! Porter looks to have some cracked ribs, but he refuses to let Ziggler win, and begins to struggle to his feet – only for Ziggler to watch his every move, and pick up the very ladder MVP fell on! The steel is bent from the sick collision, but it still works for what Ziggler is thinking... he smashes the ladder into MVP’s gut, bending him over... THEN LASHES IT RIGHT INTO THE BALLIN’ SUPERSTAR’S BACK! The crowd groans, and MVP falls to his knees, eyes clenched in hideous pain! Ziggler starts to taunt him, yelling ‘HOW DOES THAT FEEL, HUH?’ in his face... then tosses the bent ladder in his hands to the outside, before picking up the other collapsed one on the floor, and leaning it against one of the turnbuckles! The crowd boos, and Ziggler picks MVP back up to his feet... BEFORE IRISH WHIPPING HIM RIGHT INTO THE STEEL LADDER IN THE CORNER!
MVP clatters off the steel, and falls backwards, practically broken in half! The crowd groans, and Ziggler smirks, before turning back to the ladder, fatigue showing a little as he slowly climbs up... the crowd boos, and Ziggler looks up at the briefcase, slowly getting nearer... BUT EVAN BOURNE WON’T GIVE UP, AND THROWS HIMSELF IN THE RING, DESPITE HAVING SOME SERIOUS INJURIES! The crowd goes wild, and Ziggler drops from the ladder suddenly, hammering him with left and right hands... but Bourne comes back with a giant Knee Strike to the face, sending him reeling back! The crowd cheers, and Ziggler comes back with a Clothesline attempt... which Bourne ducks, before feeding him the leg... ENZUIGIRI! The ‘crack’ can be heard around the arena, and Ziggler goes down – SO DOES BOURNE! All three men are exhausted and broken already, having endured some massive punishment so far!
After a few moments of stillness in the ring, it’s Bourne who has the drive to find his feet, aided by the standing ladder, which he leans against, exhausted. MVP is on the outside, not moving, and Ziggler forces himself up, too – he sees Bourne, and moves towards him, lashing out with a kick... which hits the young high-flyer in the gut! Ziggler then looks behind him, and sees the ladder in the corner, so he tries to whip Bourne to it... he does... but Bourne SCALES the ladder in the corner, then leaps off, hammering Ziggler with a huge Crossbody on the rebound! The crowd roars, and Bourne leaps back up to his feet, stumbling around the ring in a daze... before he grabs the standing ladder, and collapses it, somewhat tediously – BEFORE LAYING IT ON ZIGGLER! The crowd cheers wildy, and Bourne finds a ladder-less turnbuckle... and goes up top! The crowd goes absolutely insane, and the youngster lets out a giant yell... BEFORE HE SOARS LIKE AN EAGLE... AND CONNECTS WITH THE SHOOTING – STAR – PRESS ON THE LADDER!!! THE ROOF BLOWS OFF THE STAPLES CENTER!!! WHAT A MOVE!!!
Bourne spasms off the ladder on impact, and once again, all three men are down! The crowd is still going CRAZY for the insane move we just saw, but Bourne is down in the corner, Ziggler still squashed, and possibly dead, under the ladder, while MVP is only just starting to come to after the beating he took from Ziggler! Michael Cole is having a fit at ringside, going crazy as we see some replays of a few of the spots in the match while the men are down, before we cut back to the arena, where MVP is slowly struggling up, and pulls himself up on to the apron. He gets in the ring, and looks at the ladder in the corner, before removing the one on top of Ziggler... and placing it on a level position between the outside apron and the crowd barricade, an accident waiting to happen! The Ballin’ Superstar, exhausted from the match so far, sees Bourne struggling up to a knee... and sees his perfect chance! Porter takes a few steps back, then charges forward... AND KNOCKING BOURNE’S LIGHTS OUT WITH THE DRIVE-BY KICK! Bourne collapses like a rag doll, and the crowd goes crazy, chanting MVP’s name following the nasty shot to the face! Bourne falls to the outside under the force of the move, and MVP lets out a big yell, before grabbing the ladder in the corner! He sets it up, and looks up at the shining briefcase with a desperate look... before he begins to climb! The crowd comes to its feet... BUT SO DOES DOLPH ZIGGLER, STRUGGLING TO HIS FEET WITH THE LAST OUNCE ON ENERGY HE HAS!
Ziggler nearly falls over, having taking some brutal slams, but he still manages to find the empty side of the ladder... and he begins to climb, desperate to keep his briefcase! MVP stretches upwards, frantically scrabbling at the bottom of the briefcase... but Ziggler beats his hand away! The pair meet at the top of the ladder, and Ziggler grabs MVP’s hair, clawing like an animal to force him off... but MVP nuts him with a giant headbutt, releasing Ziggler’s grip! The crowd is going wild, and as the pair begin to exchange blows at high altitude, they roar for each shot from Porter, but boo when Ziggler connects! The pair keep blasting each other, and soon, the interval between each punch increases, to the point that the pair are almost too exhausted to attack anymore! Ziggler reaches up at the briefcase optimistically... but MVP swats the hand away, and tries to force him off once more... but Ziggler is determined, and grips on to the ladder like a limpet, refusing to fall off! MVP just keeps hammering away... AND SUDDENLY, ZIGGLER SPITS IN MVP’S FACE!!! The crowd boos furiously, and MVP looks away for a second, equally enraged... but it gives Ziggler the distraction he needs, and he leaps over MVP’s head... BEFORE PULLING PORTER DOWN WITH HIM, AND SMASHING HIM THROUGH THE LADDER ON THE OUTSIDE WITH THE SUNSET FLIP BOMB!!!
THE STAPLES CENTER GOES IN RAPTURES!!! THE LADDER BREAKS LIKE A TWIG AS PORTER GETS SLAMMED THROUGH IT, SURELY ENDING HIS PART IN THIS MATCH!!! Ziggler lands hard inside the ring, but MVP takes a brutal fall through the ladder HE set up himself, but you can be sure the irony won’t hurt as much as that move did! Porter lets out a brutal yell of agony, and we can see pain etched all over his body as he spasms in the wreckage of the ladder!!! The replays show over and over, and it just gets sicker every time you see it! MVP’S BONES MUST BE IN TATTERS! All three men in this match are practically out of it, and after a good long while of stillness, it’s Evan Bourne who crawls back into the ring, and looks at the ladder debris on the other side in total shock – he never saw it happen! Ziggler starts to pull himself up, too, and Bourne turns his attention to him, smacking him with a few hard kicks to the side, before taking a step back, and somehow finding the energy to leap up for a somewhat lethargic Hurricanrana! Nevertheless, it sends Ziggler across the ring, where he lies still, and Bourne sees his chance, steadying the standing ladder in the middle, and pulling himself up, every rung a massive step for the exhausted and broken Evan Bourne... but he takes too long, as Ziggler heads up top, and leaps off... CONNECTING WITH A BRILLIANTLY EXECUTED MISSILE DROPKICK, PICKING BOURNE OFF THE LADDER LIKE A SNIPER!
The crowd groans with the impact, and both men stay down, feeling the effects of the gruelling match. Bourne crawls towards the standing ladder, while Ziggler accidentally falls from the ring, landing on the outside – there’s a ladder right there, however, set up from the beginning, and he grabs it with a sick smile, pulling himself to his feet, and throwing it exhaustedly into the ring! Bourne, still grounded, grabs the second rung with a desperate right hand, and Ziggler gets in the ring, just as fatigued... and pulls Bourne to his feet! The crowd boos, and Ziggler begins to think Zig-Zag on to the ladder on the mat... he goes for it, leaping up... BUT BOURNE GRABS ON TO THE TOP ROPE, AND ZIGGLER CRASHES AND BURNS ON TO THE LADDER! The crowd lets out an ‘OHH!’ with that sickening sound of steel on bone, and Ziggler screams out, piercing the ears of everyone in the arena! Ziggler rolls away, spasming, and clutching at his back in agony – and Bourne takes advantage! He grabs on to the standing ladder, and starts to climb up... but he’s exhausted, and he struggles to pull himself up! The crowd begins to roar Bourne’s name, desperate to see him take home the briefcase... and he makes it to the top... only to reach up, and be one step too far off... HE’S NEARLY THERE... THE CROWD SCREAMS IN JOY AS BOURNE’S HANDS TOUCH THE HOOK...
...BUT HE STARTS TO FALL FORWARD... ZIGGLER’S TIPPING THE LADDER!!! Bourne suddenly tumbles... BUT HE GRABS THE HOOK WITH ONE HAND, AND THE LADDER GOES DOWN, BUT HE STAYS HANGING BY HIS SINGLE RIGHT FIST! The crowd goes insane, and Bourne looks up at the briefcase, but he just can’t unhook the damn thing! Ziggler looks absolutely furious, and he grabs the ladder, setting it back up as speedily as he can – BOURNE REACHES UP... AND GRABS THE HOOK WITH HIS OTHER HAND!!! The crowd goes crazy, but now he’s swinging round above the ring – the momentum of the briefcase cord is sending him all over the place! Ziggler scales up the ladder desperately, but he can’t reach Bourne, as he swings far away on the cord... AND BOURNE MANAGES TO PRY THE HOOK OPEN... BUT HE SUDDENLY SWINGS OVER TO ZIGGLER, WHO SEIZES HIS CHANCE, AND LASHES OUT WITH A GIANT BOOT... WHICH CONNECTS WITH BOURNE’S ABDOMEN, SENDING THE HIGH-FLYER SPIRALLING DOWN TO EARTH, AND HANDING THE BRIEFCASE STRAIGHT TO THE REIGNING MR. MONEY IN THE BANK!
Ziggler stands above the ring on his steel podium, ignoring the crumpled Evan Bourne and the broken MVP, and soaks up the huge, huge heat, grinning a sick smirk... BEFORE HE UNHOOKS THE BRIEFCASE FOR THE SECOND TIME IN TWO MONTHS, AND CONTINUES HIS REIGN AS MR. MONEY IN THE BANK!!! THE BELL RINGS!!!
HERE IS YOUR WINNER AND STILL MR. MONEY IN THE BANK: DOLPH ZIGGLER AT 14:37
Last edited by Melvis; 06-24-2010 at 08:57 AM.
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