Money! Money money moooneeeyy! What’s up everybody? It’s Rydogg95 right back at ya with another review. Today, we tackle the best WWE PPV of 2016 (so far), Money In The Bank. Now today, I’m gonna do something a little different. I’m only going to discuss the main card of the show because I did NOT watch the pre-show. Half because I wasn’t interested in the matches on there and half because I woke up like 10 minutes before the kickoff ended. With that in mind, let’s break this bad boy open!
WWE Tag Team Championship
Enzo & Cass vs. The Club vs. The Vaudevillains vs. The New Day (c)
We kick off the show’s action with Enzo and Cass doing their shtick. The one thing that bothers me about Enzo and Cass nowadays is when ‘Zo starts talking, they cut off their music. We then go back to the bygone era with the Vaudevillains and once again, we get to see Simon Gotch’s fucking weird haircut in full view. I once again had to point out how weird that damned haircut is, but anyways. Out next is my picks, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. And finally we feel the POOOOWWWAAAAAAHHHHHH! Who once again prove that the power of positivity allows for taking the absolute piss out of the opposition, making references to Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks before leading the crowd in their usual “New.. Day Rocks!” chants. All four teams gave it their all, however that didn’t excuse two huge ass botches at the end of the match. Big E had Aiden English up for the Big Ending and Gallows just stood there doing nothing. Plus E got the fall and he wasn’t even the legal man. However, those two major botches aside, I did enjoy the match. New Day retain the championship and prove once again why…. NEW. DAY ROCKS! NEW. DAY ROCKS! NEW. DAY ROCKS! I’ll stop now…
Rating: 3/5 stars. I would have given it higher but those botches at the end of the match really bugged me
Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Oh my god just let this feud die, for fucks sake! It’s not entertaining anymore and it’s wasting the talents of both Dolph Ziggler and “The Big Breakfast” as the internet likes to call him. Yes, I said Dolph Ziggler has talent, fight me smarks! But yeah, everybody is sick of this feud and clamouring for this feud to finally end and it seems as if this match could be the end. We can only hope. However this match wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be. There was a botch from the Zig-man and he was saved by Corbin as he hit Ziggler with his deep-six move. Corbin ends up getting the win with the End of Days. I think that this was the weakest match of their feud despite being the only one on the main card.
Rating: 2.75/5 stars. Match was kinda shitty to be honest.
Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Becky Lynch and Natalya
Hey kids, buckle up because we’re getting a great WWE Women’s Championship match! Oh, what’s that? It’s a tag team match? Some sort of crazy championship stipulation, yes? No? Well then what’s the fucking point of this match? To keep the title on Charlotte until she gets to someone the IWC will clamour for no matter what? I’m not okay with this, but whatever, I’ll just make the best of it. This was a good match with great storytelling. And that’s what pro wrestling wants to do. Tell. A. Story. That seems to be something that gets lost in the shuffle among fans. I never thought I’d say this but Dana Brooke actually had a strong showing. Plus her calling out shit like “I know the rules, ref!” made my blood boil. Dana and Charlotte get the duke after a miscommunication between Nattie and Becky. Leading to a moment that I did NOT see coming. Natalya, for the first time since 2012 (managing Kidd & Cesaro doesn’t count because she was still technically a face) by attacking Becky Lynch and leaving her laying in the corner. I’m really interested to see where this goes.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars. Champ looks strong, we get a new story in the process.
Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews
Wow even while writing this review I took a piss break… Actually, that’s a really unfair statement as Sheamus and Apollo are two of my favourite wrestlers in WWE, I have a lot of favourite wrestlers in WWE… fight me. All challenges aside, there was nothing overly special about this match, unfortunately. The reason I say “unfortunately” is because the PPV match ended by a damned ROLL UP! I have no issue with those matches with a heel decimating the face that ends on a roll up from the face, because that’s the story they’re going with, the heel is totally overpowering the face and the face gets a sneaky win. But for a match as back and forth as Crews/Sheamus. That finish kinda sucked.
Rating: 3/5 stars. Both men had a good back and forth match with a shitty finish. Would’ve been higher. Except for a FUCKING ROLL UP!
AJ Styles vs. John Cena
Here it is folks, one of the THREE, that’s right, count ’em THREE co-main events for this PPV. The match that was 15 years in the making. The poster boy of the WWE vs. the man who put TNA on the map, but we don’t mention that. This. Was. Huge. The atmosphere in Las Vegas was absolutely crazy with the fans chanting this is awesome. The match lived it up to the hype. Both men wrestled their asses off, and with both men at 38, they’re wrestling in their prime. This was one hell of a match…uuuuuuuntil the end. Y’see, AJ and Cena signed a contract guaranteeing a 1 on 1 encounter with no interference. There was a ref bump and Anderson and Gallows came out dropped Cena with a Magic Killer and that was it. I understand why they did it because the club and whatnot, but as they’ve done for a long time, the made Cena look like he can’t be beaten clean, very few heels have beaten Cena clean on a ppv, and this SHOULD have been one of those cases. Interested in seeing how the story progresses though. Aside from the ending, this match was beautiful.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars. Would have been 4.75 if not for that damned finish.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
So we have the second of our 3 co-main events here, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose and Kevin OOOOOOOOOOWENS! doing battle for the right to a championship match whenever they damned well please. Hell, they could even do a Kane and cash in on the same show. As expected, Money in the Bank was an insane spotfest with the 6 combatants doing all sorts of crazy shit like a Michinoku Driver onto a ladder and Kevin Owens channeling his inner Homer Simpson over the fire hydrant after that. You can’t have a ladder match in WWE without them making a bridge out of the ladders and I’m not going to lie, that spot always makes me happy because I know shit is going DOWN. This was a very fast paced very action centered ladder match between 5 of the top guys in WWE and Alberto Del Rio. I kid, I kid, calm the hell down Del Rio fans. But seriously. While I picked Kevin Owens to get the victory, I can’t say for a second that I wasn’t thrilled with the winner we got. Dean Ambrose deserved the win as he had been booked great since that WrestleMania debacle.
Rating: 4/5. One of the better MITB matches in recent memory
WWE United States Championship
Titus O’Neil vs. Rusev (c)
Honestly, I would have put this match on way earlier in the show so that the event can end with the three strongest matches. But that’s just me. That being said, I did enjoy this match as Rusev is yet another one of Rydogg’s favourite wrestlers. This match, while strategically placed to draw out the NBA finals, it was actually quite entertaining with Rusev talking shit to Titus’ kids during the match. Rusev wins in a back and forth match between the two big guys. Then afterwards he proves once again why he’s great by getting on the mic and talking even more shit to Titus and his kids even wishing them a happy fathers day. Much to the delight of this guy. Not gonna lie, I laughed really hard at that comment.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars. I understand why it was as late in the show as it was, but it would have worked better earlier in the card.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns (c)
Here we are folks, the match we’ve all been waiting for.The Man vs. The Guy. The ‘Architect of the Shield’ vs. the ‘Juggernaut of the Shield’. The ‘Undisputed Future’ vs. The ‘Big Dog’. Ok, I’m done with the squaring up the nicknames now. The two former Shield members were originally supposed to do battle at night of champions 2014, only for that match to be cancelled due to Roman suffering an abdominal injury. Then we were supposed to have this match last November at Survivor Series, however that was also not to be due to the fact that Seth Rollins’ knee gave out on him during a match with Kane. So here we are 7 months later and the atmosphere in Las Vegas is absolutely crazy! I think that crowd was the best crowd MITB had for a main event since Chicago in 2011. No matter what they were chanting in Rollins’ favour, they were all VOCAL and that’s what you want for a main event match. You want the crowd going absolutely nuts, you want a ravenous crowd and you damn sure want them to be invested in the match. And that’s exactly what the match had. I don’t think WWE could have booked a better match between these two athletes at the top of their game. Reigns and Rollins are two of the top guys in the company and for good reason. There were so many false finishes and insane spots. My favourite spot came at the end of the match when Seth Rollins countered Reigns’ spear and turned it into a pedigree. Rollins would then hit Reigns with another pedigree for the clean and decisive victory. And the crowd went absolutely fucking nuts. Then Dean Ambrose’s music hit and I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t see it coming and I wanted the show to end with Rollins on top of the world. However, I have no problem with Dean Ambrose as WWE champion because of the fact that I’m a big fan of Ambrose too. So Ambrose wins the Money in the Bank match, waits until Roman and Seth destroy each other and cashes in at the end of the night! Ambrose walks out of Vegas as WWE World Heavyweight Champion and that’s how the show ends. I love it.
Rating: 4.75/5 stars. I fucking loved everything about this match, even with the Ambrose cash in it didn’t taint the art that Reigns and Rollins made.
Overall Rating: 4.75/5 stars. This would have to be the best main roster pay per view that they’ve produced in 2016.
Match of the night: Easy, Rollins vs. Reigns.
MVP of the night: Three way tie between the members of the Shield