By Robert Leo, EnStars | Jul 15, 2013 07:37 PM EDT
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The WWE creatives were clearly aiming to up the program's entertainment ante when it sent its elite to perform in the fourth annual Money In The Bank pay-per-view on Sunday. After an exciting close to a storybook night, the WWE Universe is surely looking forward to the backlash on Raw.
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In the Raw brand MITB ladder match that was highlighted by several big bumps, it was Randy Orton who prevailed by capturing the infamous briefcase.
The match featured the highly publicized comeback of Rob Van Dam, who entered the ring to a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd.
Daniel Bryan was near the top of the ladder when new Paul Heyman guy Curtis Axel took him off the ladder. However, CM Punk abruptly hit Axel with a GTS, which prompted his former manager to come out and screw The Best In The World by using a ladder to knock him off the ladder.
While on the ground, Punk's former buddy busted his head open with the long metal object. When RVD tried to capitalize on the situation, it was The Viper who hit him with an RKO for the victory.
Following a long battle that was heavily dominated by Mark Henry, John Cena ultimately retained his WWE Championship, courtesy of the STFU on The World's Strongest Man.
Due to interference by AJ Lee, an angered Dolph Ziggler was disqualified and Alberto Del Rio kept his WWE World Heavyweight championship.
After missing the Lionsault, Y2J Chris Jericho ended up being pinned for the loss to the monster Ryback.
In a match for the Divas championship, A.J. Lee kept her title by getting former buddy Kaitlyn to submit.
Earlier in the night, Curtis Axel used a modified neck breaker to overcome The Miz and keep his Intercontinental title.
In the Smackdown MITB ladder match it was Damien Sandow who obtained the briefcase, as he threw his tag team partner Cody Rhodes off the ladder to take advantage of the opportunity.
WWE Monday Night Raw is set to begin at 8 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 24 on the USA network. CLICK HERE to watch the 3-hour show via free live stream. Keep checking back for more up to date information on the WWE.
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