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Insight Into WWE Changing Storyline Plans For Last Year’s Money in the Bank PPV

Former WWE creative team member John Piermarini has started his blog ( in which he has released a ton of scoops regarding things that occured in the company during the two years he was employed. The blog has since been pulled (the Website does say it will be back soon) but we have managed to retain some of the things Piermarini said. Here is what he wrote about last year’s Money in the Bank PPV which backs up the belief that WWE changes its plans on a regular basis:

“Walking into the arena that day Drew McIntyre was set to win the Money in the Bank briefcase. But Drew wasn’t the Superstar who was originally set to win. That was Kane, but was changed later after Kevin Dunn agreed with my philosophy that it would benefit a younger guy to carry that briefcase for a while. So it was set one week before the Pay-Per-View, Drew was to win Money in the Bank. While in the production meeting hours before the show a case was made to have Kane win the briefcase and cash in that night. The thought process? Sheamus was retaining the WWE Title; Miz was winning the RAW Money in the Bank (more on this later) and certain people felt like the average fan would have the feeling too many heels won. Keep in mind Kane would turn heel by defeating one of the most popular WWE Superstars in WWE by cashing in. None to less, the feeling was that this was the first ever Money in the Bank PPV and something needed to happen to brand this PPV as ‘anything can happen.’ I gave the argument that the current storyline had Kane wanting to capture the holy grail for his brother and by doing so tonight took away any future story you had with Kane trying to take it off a someone who may have ‘took out’ Undertaker. I added Kane should challenge Mysterio at Summerslam and go over there.”

Piermarini also mentions that Randy Orton was originally scheduled to win the RAW Money in the Bank before WWE settled on The Miz.


    @Raziel The thing is that almost always that build up you mention of weeks of good matches happens after they win the MITB. The Miz had to get over before he cashed in, Edge had to get over before he cashed in. CM Punk had to get over before he cashed in and even RVD had to get over before he cashed in. All of these guys I mentioned did not secure a main event spot before winning MITB except maybe RVD (not including Edge’s and Punk’s second chances). So MITB, is a good solid way to get the WWE’s next champ over. Even if it’s almost a guarantee win. It’s like they are the number one contender at all times. Which is why people like Cena, Orton, or HHH shouldn’t win it. Only person that can be a exception to this is Swagger, he had no build up at all really and now look at him. Back in the IC title scene.

  • Valo487

    Why in the world would they want Randy Orton to win it? They put the belt on him anyway, he doesn’t need it.

  • Raziel

    The problem with the MITB is that you know the winner will be champ, so the “push” is out of the blue its just there. There aren’t weeks of good matches and earning the shot, its just a injured/tired run-in. How does that help a young guy look credible to the fans?

  • BrockLesnarTurtleDance

    Wow, good choice. Drew is talented but the man, as Jerry The King Lawler put it, is a blackhole of charisma. The general populace just do not care about him. That’s not the kind of guy you push as champion. It’s not his fault, though. They gave him a completely generic role devoid of any personality. “I beat up faces just because I like to beat up faces” is only going to get a person so far, he reached the end of the road with it and he was never unique or intimidating enough to maximize it’s effectiveness in the first place.

    They dropped the ball with him quite some time ago.


    I’m glad they decided to have Miz win instead of Randy Orton, MITB needs to go with people who needs a push. Same with the Royal Rumble. If you already have a spot in the Main Event you don’t need the royal rumble to headline Wrestlemania (i.e. Cena, HHH, and Orton) nor do you need MITB to be over.
    And after reading this it also makes me wonder why WWE dropped the ball on the “chosen one” Drew Mcintyre. He could of been world champ by now according to this but now he is no where near the main event now for real.