WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS:
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens: Wow. That is the very best way to describe this match. Just wow. Sometimes, in the most unlikely places, you find wrestling magic. Kevin Owens vs. John Cena is wrestling magic. Owens isn’t your typical Cena opponent, or for that matter, typical WWE superstar. His path to WWE was littered with roadblocks. But, in one short month, Kevin Owens has taken the WWE by storm, and proven that not only does he belong, but that he is a premier athlete and performer. This match was off-the-charts good. Cena has taken this feud seriously, and a serious Cena against a serious challenger sells me a ticket. I can’t wait for the rubber match, as the after-the-match attack on Cena suggested there will be. The apron powerbomb was brutal, and kudos to John Cena for taking it. Yikes.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins: One of the longest WWE World Heavyweight Championship matches in WWE PPV history, and it was also one of the best. The story of Ambrose stealing the title and doing goofy things with it wasn’t exactly the best lead in to what would become a brutally hard hitting ladder match with a number of spine-chilling bumps. Dean Ambrose took his opportunity to main event the past few weeks and showed everyone that he belongs. His star shone bright when the Shield originally broke up, but as time wore on both Rollins and Reigns used their opportunity to outshine him. Especially last night, Ambrose got his shine back, and delivered in a major way. This match also delivered in a major way for Seth Rollins. After this match, there is no way you can look at him and say that he’s the guy who only retains his title because Kane or J&J Security interfere on his behalf. Seth Rollins survived a brutal ladder match, on his own, without some crazy convoluted finish that saw him escape with the championship not on his own merits. And speaking of the finish, boy oh boy, they couldn’t have executed that more perfectly. There is a lot that could have gone wrong there, but they timed it absolutely perfectly. Also, go out of your way to see the barrier powerbombs. They’re brutal.
The Money in the Bank Ladder Match: A hot start to the show. Sheamus was actually my last pick to win, but that’s a good kind of surprise to get. I’m liking the new Sheamus, sans stupid haircut and facial hair. He’s doing some of the best work of his career, and its refreshing to have him back as a heel, as he debuted, now with the years of experience he’s gained working on the road. Of course, we got the obligatory crazy dives from Neville and Kofi Kingston, and Kane spent a good portion of the match directing traffic. If this match took place later on the card, it wouldn’t have felt as important, but because it opened the show, it created a vibe for the remainder of the PPV that big things were going to happen. I’m also looking forward to the Reigns/Wyatt feud that was born out of the finish of the match. One more step in Reigns earning his keep with the fans, instead of being rammed down their throats.
Nikki Bella vs. Paige: This hit is simply here for the Dusty finish, which was foreshadowed in Paige’s promo when she said he was going to revolutionize the divas division, and that this match was “for Dusty”. Also, I would have loved to have been part of the creative session when they came up with the idea for Brie Bella to unstuff her bra to prove she wasn’t Nikki. My God, did that draw a lot of laughter in my household last night. LOOK! LOOK! I don’t have boobs!! Unintentional comedy gold.
Overall Show: While not a strong hit, all of the major matches on this card delivered, and after only two weeks to build, Money in the Bank managed to feel important throughout. Both Cena/Owens and Ambrose/Rollins are worth going out of your way to see, and are matches that should fall high in the ranking of the best matches of their careers. Everyone rose to the challenge of putting together a unique event only two weeks after their last “special event” and as such I thoroughly enjoyed Money in the Bank.
WWE Money in the Bank 2015 MISSES:
The New Day vs. The Primetime Players: Not a terrible match, but at just under 5 minutes, I felt that the title switch happened with no build, and subsequently just didn’t feel important. The New Day are doing great work as heels, and I look forward to seeing where they go from here, I just wish they were given a longer run with the tag team championships.
Big Show vs. Ryback: This is a miss for the Miz’ involvement more than anything else. For me, the Miz has the wrong kind of heat. He doesn’t bring anything to the table, and the moment I see him, the moment I want to change the channel. He’s a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very low rent heel-Hollywood Rock, and that’s exactly how he comes across. His promo before the match sent me to the kitchen for a whiskey on the rocks, and his involvement in the finish sent me back to the kitchen for a second. A 5 minute match leading to a disqualification caused by the Miz? Straight up garbage juice.