WWE: Money in the Bank 2015 review

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 came live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio last Sunday night on the WWE Network, as well as on Pay-Per-View.

The show consisted of the annual Money in the Bank Ladder Match, as well as another Ladder Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Let's take a look at the winners and losers of this show.


The pre-show match involved R Truth and King of the Ring winner, King Barrett. Barrett has not managed to gain any momentum since winning King of the Ring, and this was in evidence here, where R Truth picked up the win to pile the misery on Barrett.

Main Show

The actual special event kicked off with the show piece, the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, with  a contract for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match up for grabs. The participants this year were: Randy Orton, Sheamus, Neville, Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler and Kane.

This match was a decent one, with a few good spots, with Roman Reigns diving over the ropes and power-bombing both Kofi Kingston and Neville onto ladders. However, other than that, this match did disappoint somewhat, and was not anywhere near as crazy as previous Money in the Bank Ladder matches.

The biggest error, it seems for now, was that Sheamus was the victor, becoming the new Mr. Money in the Bank.

Roman Reigns was the heavy favourite, but his chances were ruined when Bray Wyatt interfered, setting up a match between those two at WWE Battleground in a few weeks.

Sheamus has not built up much momentum since his return and heel turn the night after Wrestlemania 31. And the chants of 'You Look Stupid' has not helped his case. He was unsuccessful at Elimination Chamber in the Intercontinental Championship match and has not got any big wins since his return.

Therefore, his selection as the next Money in the Bank winner was surprising, but also confusing. Is he now supposed to be taken seriously as a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Time will tell but from now on WWE has to push him to make him a believable champion.

Other matches

This was followed by the WWE Divas Championship match between Nikki Bella and Paige. This match was pretty good, with both divas putting in good performances. But it was somewhat ruined by the finish, where the Bella Twins attempted to use Twin Magic to win, but it backfired when Paige pinned Brie Bella.

Brie then showed it was not Nikki who was pinned and the match was restarted, and Nikki went on to retain her title. The problem with Twin Magic now is that Nikki and Brie can be more easily told apart than in previous years, especially with hair colour differences. This kind of finish makes the referees look second-rate and waters down the match.

Another disappointing finish occurred in the next match, where Ryback defended his newly-won Intercontinental Championship against the Big Show. The Miz was ringside for this match and he would interfere and attack the Big Show, so the match ended in a disqualification win for the World's Largest Athlete.

Cena - Owens

What came next was one of the most anticipated rematches in recent times, where NXT Champion Kevin Owens looked to beat United States Champion John Cena again, as he had done two weeks previously at Elimination Chamber.

Cena was looking for redemption and to save his pride. This was an excellent match, with some innovative manoeuvres and lots of near falls. The crowd were especially into this match, elevating it even more. Unfortunately, the biggest issue was again the finish, with Cena beating Owens, for his first loss in WWE.

The whole premise of Cena getting his win back is a major reason why fans tend to dislike him so much. It is in evidence here, although it could change, with Kevin Owens attacking Cena after they shook hands in the ring, with Owens powerbombing Cena onto the ring apron.

Tag team

The penultimate match of the night was the WWE Tag Team Championship match between The New Day, minus Kofi Kingston, and the Prime Time Players.

This was another decent match, with both teams looking relatively good. And a surprise here with the Prime Time Players actually picking up the win and becoming the new WWE Tag Team Champions.

This could be interesting but it depends on how The New Day come back from this.

The Main Event

The final match of the show was a Ladder Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, between the champion Seth Rollins, and the challenger Dean Ambrose.

This was up there with Owens vs Cena as match of the night contenders. The psychology in this match was impressive, with Rollins targeting the knee of Ambrose throughout the match, and it was played up well.

A few spots, with Ambrose back body dropping Rollins through a ladder, and they also fought in the crowd. The finish was better than most during the night, with both having a hold of the title as they fell but when they landed, Rollins had his hands solely on the championship. Agonisingly close for Ambrose, but a good end to a great match.


Overall this was an average show wit some good matches, especially Owens vs Cena and Ambrose vs Rollins. However, the decisions for the finishes to the matches was very questionable, in particular with the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and the Intercontinental Championship match.

Perhaps even the Owens vs Cena match, but that will depend on what follows this, in terms of their storyline.

Crowd heat was mixed for the event, with Owens vs Cena well received by the fans, and the same could be said on a smaller scale for the main event. But for other matches, the crowd was a lot quieter.

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