This year’s Money in the Bank event has proven to be one of the more highly anticipated events in recent years, especially since the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was on the line in the main event.
Other than the two Money in the Bank ladder matches, the card itself looked a little lacklustre with two divas matches on the card and another match made on the night.
Here’s what happened at the Money in the Bank event.
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos © defeat The Wyatt Family – Still Tag Team Champions
WWE Divas Championship: Paige © defeats Naomi – Still Divas Champion
Adam Rose defeats Damien Sandow
Money in the Bank contract ladder match: Seth Rollins defeats Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam and Jack Swagger
Goldust and Stardust defeat Ryback and Curtis Axel
Rusev defeats Big E.
Layla defeats Summer Rae w/ Fandango as Special Referee
WWE World Heavyweight Championship ladder match: John Cena defeats Kane, Randy Orton, Cesaro, Bray Wyatt, Sheamus, Roman Reigns and Alberto Del Rio – New WWE World Heavyweight Champion
The Usos and The Wyatt Family actually put on a solid opening match seeing as there was no pre-show match for this event, The Usos looked brilliant as always but I still believe Rowan and Harper stole this match. Luke Harper continues to impress with his suicide dives and his sit out powerbomb which blew the fans away. It was clear The Usos weren’t going to drop the titles as The Ascension will be making their way up from NXT, but a very good, impressive opening match.
Again, Paige wasn’t going to drop the title but the match with Naomi was actually quite impressive because of the freedom they were allowed inside the ring and it allowed them to show off what manoeuvres they have in their arsenal. As expected there were a couple of forgettable moments which can be forgiven because the standard of this match was greater than your usual divas match.
A match made on the night with Adam Rose interrupting Damien Sandow – who was dressed as Paul Revere with the event taking place in Boston – and it’s a shame to see how low Sandow has fallen. He is one of the greatest talkers in the company and draws instant heat which isn’t easy. Nevertheless, this match wasn’t the best, I was looking forward to Adam Rose before his debut because I have seen first-hand how he can work when was going as Leo Kruger, a much better gimmick. But this doesn’t seem to be working, not a great match and quite pointless as a whole.
The only negatives I could think of this match were the fact that Kane screwed Ambrose out of the win, and the fact that Bad News Barrett was injured and couldn’t compete. Other than that this match was fantastic in every way possible. Ambrose and Rollins’ feud stole the match but you can’t take anything away from any competitor as they all had a part to play. Kofi was up to his usual tricks trying to pull of something special, Dolph Ziggler and RVD took some massive shots but continued to fight back and Jack Swagger played the role of the big man in this match incredibly well.
Some fantastic spots and a brilliant match which was ruined by Kane, it makes sense for storyline purposes but on a personal level I wasn’t happy about it, a replacement for Bad News Barrett would have also been good such as Bo Dallas or even a return for The Miz but there was nothing; but Seth Rollins was the perfect and obvious winner.
I think I have lost count the amount of times we have seen Goldust and Cody Rhodes compete against Ryback and Curtis Axel, but it has helped RybAxel turn into a big team. The win was always obvious but the best part about it is that Cody Rhodes has actually turned into a new character, completely new moves and mannerisms which are a lot better for him in terms of development. A decent tag team match but can’t topple the opening tag team match.
As much as I like Rusev as a character and I think he has a bright future if booked correctly, this match was definitely not needed on this card and was just the match needed to waste some time on the night. Again, the result was expected although Big E. did put up more of a fight this time round.
The second divas match of the night was not even half as good as the first, I doubt I will find a fan who is even slightly entertained by this feud and again, a filler match to waste some time before the main event. Layla was always going to win, it was just a question of how Fandango would act as referee.
You can make your own minds up about John Cena capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, some will like it and some won’t. I don’t have a problem with it but it was very predictable, no thanks to Amazon who accidentally leaked a poster featuring Cena and Lesnar for SummerSlam. So the surprise element was taken out of it and I believe the contract Money in the Bank match was better than the main event.
However, I believe Bray Wyatt, Cesaro and Randy Orton were the stand out stars, Roman Reigns was impressive as expected but Cesaro played a massive role in the match. Bray Wyatt played a bigger role than expected and pulled off some dangerous manoeuvres but hats off to Randy Orton, working through a big cut with blood pouring out, he worked the match better than anyone and was involved in some big spots. If the match was fantastic, then Orton is a big part of it.
As a whole the event was surprisingly good, they managed to pull off a decent card. The only negative of the night was that it was too predictable, considering we got every single one of the predictions correct. Nevertheless it was an entertaining night with some good matches, and I believe it did – just about – lived up to expectations.
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