Money in the Bank came to us live from Columbus Ohio this year, the home state of main eventers Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz – could that be a hint of things to come?
Perhaps not given the way the event panned out. WWE have taken away the predictability of it shows recently, but I’m starting to believe that this is not necessarily a good thing.
R-Truth got the win over a doomed King Barrett on the kick-off show. It seems winning King of the Ring was more of a hinder than a help to Barrett as R-Truth adds to the list of people he has jobbed out of over the past few weeks.
WWE beautifully paid tribute to Dusty Rhodes at the event as well as the superstars opened the show on top of the ramp and the bell tolled 10 times in memory of The American Dream.
The Money in the Bank contract match kicked off the show and it seemed underwhelming given what we are used to. There weren’t a lot of ladder shots apart from Roman Reigns powerbombing both Kofi Kingston and Neville onto a ladder set up in the corner. Dolph Ziggler was then chokeslammed by Kane and Neville recovered to take out everyone before The New Day arrived and tried to help Kofi win, but Roman put an end to that when he took out the entire team and climbed the ladder.
But, then the lights went out and Bray Wyatt appeared and took Roman Reigns out with Sister Abigail to leave Sheamus alone in the ring, the Irish superstar looked like he was about to win but Neville appeared and tried to fight him but he was thrown from the ladder as Sheamus unhooked the case and became Mr Money in the Bank, a result that has been condemned on social media.
Randy Orton was also in the match and hit a few RKOs but other than that, I don’t know why he was in there. The Viper has fallen so far. As a debut in the ladder match Neville shone for me, he has such a bright future. Sheamus with the case could be a stroke of genius, remember how much Seth Rollins was hated when he won last year?
The Divas were next as Paige fought for the Divas Championship for the second time in two weeks. This time Paige said she had a plan, and we awaited it. The match was back and forth and one of the best in a long time as well as the fact that it was the first Divas Match to go over 10 minutes since Payback 2013 when Kaitlyn faced AJ Lee. That being said, the ending ruined the entire thing. Once again Twin Magic happened as Brie rolled out and took her sister’s place, but this time Paige pinned Brie and thought she had won but the official saw that it wasn’t Nikki. Somehow even though she had physically pinned Paige it wasn’t a DQ and Nikki took advantage of the distraction to hit her forearm followed by the Rack Attack for the win.
The Divas were shown backstage and they did nothing, the women of WWE are losing my interest more and more every week. Whoever is booking this needs to take a long look at themselves because it’s obvious they have no idea what they’re doing.
Big Show took on Ryback next for the Intercontinental Championship, in what was a below-par match from both men. Ryback has built himself up over the past few months and he is handed Big Show at a pay-per-view… I feel like this is punishment. The Miz added something extra to the match as he interfered and caused the DQ which ended the match sooner than expected, but it was a welcome turning point.
John Cena vs Kevin Owens take two was the match of the night. It had everything. There was excitement, there was tension and they stole eachothers’ moves. Owen again showed his agility even though his transition moonsault from the top rope was his downfall as Cena hit the AA following it for the win, but I can’t praise these guys enough.
The crowd were dead after Ryback vs Big Show but they were on their feet chanting ‘THIS IS AWESOME’ throughout. It was perfect. Cena tried his usual respect thing after the win and Kevin Owens attacked him and powerbombed him onto the apron before taking the US title and lifting it. This leads the WWE Universe to believe the next match will be for Cena’s title.
The tag team champions had failed to help Kofi take the briefcase earlier in the night so they had to hold onto their titles in this one. But somehow and more shockingly than I thought The Prime Time Players are now tag team champions. I thought Darren and Titus have looked great since they reformed but they are not championship quality yet and having a face team with The Usos and Tyson and Cesaro sniffing around was a bad decision for me, but we can only see where WWE go with this.
Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose main evented another pay-per-view and it was probably one of the best ladder matches of the last decade. Rollins always shines against Ambrose and Ambrose steps up his game against Seth, you can tell how much these two love working together, it’s sheer beauty when they are in the ring together and last night was no different.
Seth had a lot to prove and everything to lose as Dean tried to take away the one thing he held dear. My one fault with the match was how unrealistic it was Dean went through a ladder and two barricades and had chairs thrown on him yet he was up before Seth could climb the ladder.
Remember WWE now has to up this in the next ladder match and I think they have set the bar a little high, the ending saw Seth and Dean unhook the title at the same time, and Seth hold on and take back his championship. He then celebrated with Triple H as he proved he could win alone without any help which was exactly the way WWE should have played it. Seth can be put over now as a champion that can be a genuine contender against Brock Lesnar when he makes his return next week.
Money in the Bank wasn’t the pay-per-view we were expecting for many reasons but it was for many more. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, John Cena and Neville stole the event and thanks to them, no mater who has the briefcase, the future looks bright!